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Red Faction TV Movie Fills in the Blanks

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“Red Faction Guerrilla” was a politically subversive, open world video game about Martian insurrectionists who refuse to be further exploited for their land’s natural resources; “Red Faction Armageddon”, its sequel, is more traditional and polished genre fare with linear levels and blood thirsty aliens. Often a decision to redirect a franchise in this way goes unexplained, leaving fans to fill in the blanks, but publisher THQ has a different strategy in mind: the made for TV movie.

In February 2010, THQ partnered with television channel SyFy to collaborate on crossmedia properties. The first project would be an animated program for SyFy Kids based on then Wii-exclusive, now multi-console friendly “de Blob” games.

Not much has been said of “de Blob” since, but a made for TV movie set in the “Red Faction” universe has slowly come to fruition. “Red Faction: Origins” follows the children of “Red Faction: Guerrilla” protagonist Alec Mason.

The film stars a bevy of character actors that sci-fans will likely love to see in an adventure set on Mars: Brian J. Smith (“Stargate Universe”), Robert Patrick (“Terminator 2: Judgment Day”), Kate Vernon (“Battlestar Galactica”), Danielle Nicolet (“The Starter Wife”), Gareth David-Lloyd (“Torchwood”), Tamzin Merchant (“The Tudors”) and Devon Graye (“Dexter”).

How the story connects with “Armageddon” is unclear. We know some of these actors will play the brethren of Darius Mason, the star of “Armageddon”, born 150-200 years later. Where the bug-like aliens and a wrecked Martian surface plug into the story, however, is a mystery. One for which we’ll probably need to tune in this May to uncover.

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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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