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“Step Up 4Ever” and Suggested Future “Step Up” Titles

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When Summit Entertainment releases a fourth “Step Up” film in 2012, it will be an impressive accomplishment for at least two reasons. First of all, at four entries,”Step Up” is the longest running dance movie franchise in history. Second, they’ve managed to maintain a nearly impossible feat: giving their sequels ridiculous names that incorporate a numeral into the title. “Step Up 2: The Streets” begat “Step Up 3D” which begat “Step Up 4Ever.”

The question of what to name sequels is always an interesting one. There’s just so many options to choose from. Do you go with the plain old number (“Lethal Weapon 2”) or use a Roman numeral (“The Odd Couple II”) for a touch of class? Should you add a “part” (“The Godfather Part II”) to make it sound like the sequel was always intended as part of the plan? Should you spell out the number (“The Ring Two”) or spell it out incorrectly as a play on words (“Teen Wolf Too”)? Do you skip the number and go with a subtitle (“Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”)? Or what about just adding words to the previous title (“Batman Returns”)? Of course you could always scrap all of these and create an entirely new title (like “Army of Darkness”). Decisions, decisions.

“Step Up” made and has doggedly stuck to that brave decision to keep their numerals in their titles without simply being “Step Up 2” or “Step Up 4.” But where do they go from “Step Up 4Ever?” If they make good on that promise, here are suggestions for “Step Up”s five (or 5, or V) through ten (10, X) free of charge (though I wouldn’t mind an onscreen credit):

“Step Up 5 Points” (Set in Lower Manhattan)
“Step Up Pick 6” (Football player is forced by injury to become dancer)
“Step 7 Up” (Underwritten by PepsiCo)
“Step Up 8 Is Enough” (Claim this is the last one then swerve ’em!)
“Step Up 911” (“Cop Rock” makes a comeback)
“Step Up High 10sion (A serial killer stars murdering people in the underground dance scene)

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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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