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Mark Wahlberg (?!) to Play Nathan Drake in “Uncharted” Movie

Mark Wahlberg (?!) to Play Nathan Drake in “Uncharted” Movie (photo)

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And the internet wept.

The tears come as word spreads that it’ll be Mark Wahlberg–not Nathan Fillion–pulling off feats of derring-do as treasure hunter Nathan Drake in director David O. Russell’s adaptation of “Uncharted.” MTV’s Multiplayer gaming blog breaks the story in a sit-down video interview, where Wahlberg also confirms that Russell’s writing parts for Joe Pesci and Robert DeNiro. The two would play the uncle and father, respectively, of Wahlberg’s character.

Fillion took to Twitter to campaign for the part and fans of both the PS3 video game franchise and his work on “Castle,” “Firefly” and “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” saw him as a natural fit for the wise-cracking adventurer. But Fillion’s strong nerd following couldn’t compete with the cold, hard fact that Wahlberg’s a bonafide movie star who can open a big-budget action movie. Also, “Uncharted” will mark the fourth time Russell and Wahlberg have been on the same project, having previously done “I Heart Huckabees,” “Three Kings” and this year’s “The Fighter” together. (Say, wouldn’t “Three Kings” make a great game?)

Perhaps the most stinging thing about Fillion getting passed up is the fact that he himself is a gamer. Wahlberg’s already starred in one terrible game adaptation already when 2008’s “Max Payne” hit the theatres and he’s never come across as one of the Hollywood types who embraced video game medium. The reason gamers are grumbling about the former Marky Mark playing the lead in “Uncharted” is the choice appears to be operating off the attitude that there’s absolutely nothing inherently valuable about the source material. Now, I know “Uncharted “isn’t a great example, given that neither of the two games have tried to be anything more than a playable movie. But, having both Russell and Wahlberg attached as talent sends the needle on the “Will They Get It?” meter into the red zone. Of course, filming–and the requisite teases and assurances that come with it–has yet to start so this could be much ado about nothing. But, if the “Uncharted” movie turns out to be a gritty, urban crime drama, those nerd tears will become nerd rage.

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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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