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Go Back to Wonderland with “Alice: Madness Returns”

Go Back to Wonderland with “Alice: Madness Returns” (photo)

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About a decade ago, iconoclastic game designer American McGee (yes, his real name) worked with a team at Electronic Arts to craft a twisted video-game version of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.” “American McGee’s Alice” went on to become a classic, selling more than a million copies and becoming part of an influential canon of games that achieved a level of forward-looking textual complexity. It was macabre and dark but also privileged its source material in a way that later games like, say, “Watchmen: The End is Nigh” wouldn’t or couldn’t.

By having its lead character travel back to Wonderland after a terrible trauma, “Alice” carved out complicated ideas about redemptive power of imagination. It was also an influential games insofar as crafting a level of metaphor for the relationship between the real-life player and the gameworld. McGee’s fairytale re-imaginings have caught Hollywood’s attentions, too, as his vision of “Alice” was optioned by horror master Wes Craven in 2001. But, the project’s currently in limbo.

Now, American’s having a homecoming of sorts with the announcement of “Alice: Madness Returns,” being developed under the EA Partners label. The sequel places players not only in the dark Wonderland of the first game but also in the London of yesteryear. The teaser above hints that Alice may be undergoing hypno-therapy in an asylum, so one wonders is she herself will be the link between the two worlds.

“Madness Returns” is scheduled for release in Fall 2011. It’s being developed by McGee’s Spicy Horse studio in China and will be out for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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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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