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“Madden Curse” Movie Hoping to Cast Spell on Cineplexes

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With the possible exception of the particular hoodoo of blowing into old NES catrtridges to make them work, there doesn’t tend to be a lot of superstition affiliated with video games. The biggest exception, of course, is the Madden Curse.

The logic goes that personal and/or professional doom will befall the cover athlete of EA Sports’ best-selling, yearly football franchise. Spooky occurrences in this vein can be tracked to 2000, shortly after legendary coach and commentator John Madden stopped appearing on the box of the game named after him. Notable occurrences in the history of the curse include Michael Vick’s fibula fracture in 2003 and Vince Young’s quadriceps injury after their respective star turns on the Madden box art.

But, according to the Wrap, the in-development “Madden Curse” movie won’t focus on a professional player:

The story will follow a former Madden video game champion who is forced out of retirement just as he finds himself on the corner of the game’s cover — and subject to the curse.

Pat O’Brien, VP of EA Entertainment, is spearheading the project as one of its producers.

Madden NFL is regularly one of the top-selling games every year when it comes out. The fan base that competes against each other combines aspects of hardcore sports fandom and game enthusiast. In fact, ESPN’s had a show for the last few years dedicated to players who work their way up through a tournament of matches to win $100,000 and become crowned virtual gridiron champ. If the “Madden Curse” project manages to attract a portion of the people who buy the game every year, then the film’s a gamble that could pay off for EA and their filmmaking partners.

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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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