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Rockstar’s “L.A. Noire” Emerges from the Shadows

Rockstar’s “L.A. Noire” Emerges from the Shadows (photo)

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What do you get when you throw together an actor and a director from “Mad Men,” bleeding-edge performance capture technology and the makers of “Grand Theft Auto IV”? The answer is “L.A. Noire,” the next big title from Rockstar Games.

Here’s the official description from Rockstar:

A dark detective thriller set against the backdrop of Hollywood’s Golden Age, L.A. Noire features Mad Men’s Aaron Stanton as lead officer, Cole Phelps, Fringe’s John Noble, and a cast of esteemed actors, working alongside director Michael Uppendahl (Mad Men) in a twisted tale of murder, corruption and jazz.

L.A. Noire – First Trailer

Stanton plays earnest yet smooth adman Ken Cosgrove on “Mad Men” and performs the part of lead character Cole Phelps, an L.A.P.D. detective investigating multiple murders during the particularly violent 1940s. John Noble (“Fringe”) also appears as a man being questioned by Phelps and his partner. The lifelike animations and eerie verisimilitude of the characters’ faces owes itself to new performance capture technology and Rockstar says that part of the gameplay will require reading the mugs of the folks you encounter to see if they’re telling the truth. In addition to the drive-and-shoot action that Rockstar’s open-world games traffic in, “L.A. Noire” will also offer up detection gameplay requiring players to scour crime scenes for clues to the killings they’re looking into.

The game’s being directed by Michael Uppendahl (Mad Men) and the teaser clip’s comprised entirely of gameplay footage, not the glossy, pre-rendered stuff most cutscenes are made of. Expect to see “L.A. Noire” on the Xbox 360 and PS3 at a to-be-announced date in 2011.

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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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