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Hey, Kotaku, What’s So Bad About David O. Russell?

Hey, Kotaku, What’s So Bad About David O. Russell? (photo)

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I didn’t so much mind all that fuss about Mark Wahlberg being cast as swashbuckling protagonist Nathan Drake in the upcoming film adaptation of the hit game franchise “Uncharted.” A) I enjoy Wahlberg in plenty of movies, but his detractors can certainly make a respectable case. And B) I appreciate Nathan Fillion’s diehard supporters if for no other reason than their inexplicable fervor.

But earlier today, Kotaku posted a missive expressing a hope that “Uncharted” director David O. Russell will be distracted by another filming obligation and lured away from the project. Apparently, Kotaku’s writer and others take issue with Russell’s vision for the film, stated here in a previous post:

“This idea really turns me on that there’s a family that’s a force to be reckoned with in the world of international art and antiquities … [a family] that deals with heads of state and heads of museums and metes out justice,” Russell said, which actually sounds more like Indiana Jones’ motivation.

(Actually, it sounds to me like Nic Cage’s loopy “National Treasure” franchise.) But come on, people, this is David O. Russell, not Uwe Boll. This is the guy who made every bullet count in “Three Kings” — let’s not forget, that, too, was a treasure hunt. More importantly, “The Fighter” is arguably the best film of the year — certainly one of the most suspenseful and gut-wrenching. And, at its heart, that film is about family! “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune” is going to have to be about something thematically beyond adventure if it’s going to stand up as a film. So, isn’t it better that it focus on ideas that a great director is excited by and handles well?

Besides, if Wikipedia is to be believed, Russell’s concept dovetails quite nicely with the upcoming release in the “Uncharted” franchise.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is the third game in the series… It is set to be released November 1, 2011. The story focuses on the hero’s relationship with his mentor and father figure, Victor “Sully” Sullivan,

Given that Robert Deniro is also attached to Russell’s film, and the actor’s a fine age to play Wahlberg’s dad, I hold out out hope for some decent father-son dynamite.

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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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