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Trailering: Mel Gibson’s “The Beaver” Prepares to Bite Back

Trailering: Mel Gibson’s “The Beaver” Prepares to Bite Back (photo)

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When it became obvious that “The Beaver,” a black comedy that had been the source of so much interest in Hollywood when it the 2008 Black List for best unproduced scripts, would become collateral damage of its star Mel Gibson’s ugly, infamous phone messages over the summer, my immediate thoughts went to Robert Downey Jr.

Although it is now a minor footnote in Downey’s rapid ascendancy to triple A-list stardom, it was Gibson who cast his “Air America” co-star in the film version of “The Singing Detective” and insured the recently-paroled actor when no one else would, starting him on the road to recovery. (Rumor has it that Downey was part of the reason Gibson was supposed to shoot “The Hangover 2” cameo that ultimately went to Liam Neeson.)

Of course, Gibson was already a bit of a reclamation project when his good friend Jodie Foster decided to direct “The Beaver,” having taken it over when versions with Steve Carell and Jim Carrey never came to pass. And while a Gibson comeback seems unlikelier than Downey’s, the first trailer from the film looks like Foster may have done him as big a favor.

It wouldn’t be surprising to find out that Summit Entertainment, who is said to be releasing the film in April, may have softened the film’s edge for this public reintroduction to Gibson. (After seeing two episodes of his ambitious and far-too-quickly-canceled fall TV series “Lone Star,” the film’s screenwriter Kyle Killen is more than capable.) But as Tom Cruise could tell you, the way back into their good graces is by poking fun at yourself and what better way than to be a man who avoids his midlife crisis by attaching himself physically and emotionally to a hand puppet. The trailer is here:

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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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