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Trailering: Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch”

Trailering: Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch” (photo)

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We could debate Zack Snyder’s merits as a filmmaker. But the guy’s ability to excite the attendees at Comic-Con is beyond reproach. Back in 2006, he blew fanboys’ minds when he debuted footage from his big-screen adaptation of Frank MIller’s “300”; by the end of the day I had folks coming up to me and asking me about the book because the footage had gone over so well.

Snyder worked his Comic-Con voodoo again last weekend; his upcoming film “Sucker Punch” was one of the movies with the biggest bump in positive buzz from San Diego. Here is the film’s first trailer:

According to Coming Soon, the film “follows Babydoll (Emily Browning) who is confined to a mental institution by her stepfather, who intends to have her lobotomized in five days. While there, she imagines an alternative reality to hide her from the pain, and in that world, she begins planning her escape, needing to steal five objects to help get her out before she is deflowered by a vile man.” So basically “Moulin Rouge” meets “Pan’s Labyrinth” in a live-action rendition of a Japanese anime. The film opens on March 25th 2011.

For sake of comparison, here’s the first trailer for “300.”

Based on these trailers, we can derive a mathematical formula behind wildly popular Comic-Con trailers which henceforce shall we known as The Snyder Theorem:

[(Scantily-clad women) + (Characters leaping through the air in slo-motion) + (Techno music with choral accents)] x [(Intricate swordplay) / (Sepia-tone)] = Nerd Excitement

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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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