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Cory Edwards will have his revenge on the Weinsteins.

Cory Edwards will have his revenge on the Weinsteins. (photo)

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With studios in financial bunker mode, the internet is becoming a punchy place not just among critics, but among jilted filmmakers as well. When “Anchorman 2” wasn’t greenlit earlier this year, someone started a fake Twitter for Paramount that said things like “Instead of funding Anchorman 2 we are doing a reboot of Hot Rod starring @danecook to be written & directed @andydick for release next year!”

We’ve come a long way from the days when directors who wanted to be heard (without journalistic help) had to spend money to do so, as when Terry Gilliam took out a full-page ad in Variety reading “Dear Sid Sheinberg: When are you going to release my film, ‘Brazil’?”

Which brings us to the strange tale of Cory Edwards, picked up first by /film. Edwards wrote and directed “Hoodwinked!,” the cheap-looking but surprisingly profitable 2005 animated hit that got the Weinstein Company off to a deceptively good start.

06162010_fragglerock3.jpgEdwards has stayed within the fold since then; he was one of the legions who tried to get the “Fletch” franchise rebooted (as detailed by EW in an article you must read if only to see Kevin Smith being incredibly bitter about Harvey Weinstein), and of late he was working on a “Fraggle Rock” movie.

“Fraggle Rock” is one of the less lovable products of the original Jim Henson studios, a musical show aimed at the very young (or very stoned) in which various various brightly colored cave-dwelling scamps sing forgettable songs. Design-wise, some resemble the creatures from the land of Gorch that listlessly staggered through the first and second seasons of “Saturday Night Live.” Yet “Fraggle Rock” has a cult following (what doesn’t?) and Edwards has been struggling towards bringing it to the big screen.

Or was trying to. On his blog on Monday, Edwards threw down the gauntlet, sniping that the Weinsteins had cut him out and were looking for a new screenwriter to make the script “edgy.” “If you only knew the horrible, horrible treatment I have received in the last six months from that studio, you’d be embarrassed by your assessment of ‘reality,'” he writes in the comments. “[I]t’s not ‘biting the hand that feeds you’ if they stopped feeding you a long time ago.”

06162010_hoodwinked.jpgThat’s a long way from Edwards’ vague earlier bitching like “Maybe he needs to get some movies out into the market fast now? Harvey, call me.” And it’s certainly a long way down from the heady days of February of 2006, when Edwards began his blog glowing over “Hoodwinked!” passing $50 million and contemplating writing “an all-mime musical.” (The blog’s quite funny, by the way.)

The internet, then, has begun to take on an unexpected and heartening function, becoming a free way for directors — once kept safely behind the scenes — to build up sympathy and support for themselves, or for the projects they’re like to get made. (No one ever sympathizes with the studio.)

Whether or not this will ever translate to real world action remains to be seen — the internet has yet to really save a movie the way it’s saved certain TV series from being canceled. Either way, it’ll make for spicy reading.

[Photos: Theoretical Dane Cook version of “Hot Rod,” Paramount, 2007; “Fraggle Rock,” Jim Henson Television, 1983; “Hoodwinked!,” Weinstein Company, 2005]

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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