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Schwarzen-Watch: Universal Eyes “Terminator” Franchise

Schwarzen-Watch: Universal Eyes “Terminator” Franchise (photo)

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IFC.com’s film writer, Matt Singer, is the biggest Arnold Schwarzenegger fan on the planet. He blogs any time any news about Schwarzenegger’s return to acting, no matter how flimsy or improbable, hits the Internet.

Deadline reported yesterday that with former actor turned former Governor Arnold Schwarnzenegger accepting movie offers, studios are looking for material to pitch the Austrian Oak. Universal Studios, also looking for material for “Fast Five” director Justin Lin, is considering acquiring the “Terminator” franchise, which has bounced around from Orion to Carolco to Warner Brothers to who knows where and now rests in the hands of a hedge fund named Pacificor.

Deadline’s report makes no specific mention of Schwarzenegger’s interest in the project, only Universal’s. But it does sort of make you wonder whether Arnold, at age 63, would be interested in — i.e. crazy enough — to try to make another “Terminator.” The third “Terminator,” “Rise of the Machines,” was his last starring vehicle before his move into politics, and he was already looking a wee bit creaky for the role back when he was just 54. Unlike his contemporary, Sylvester Stallone, Schwarzenegger does not have the luxury of having a human signature character. Stallone got older, so did Rocky and Rambo. Schwarzenegger gets older, but the T-800 remains eternally young.

Schwarzenegger’s likeness appeared to good effect on a CGI creation in 2009’s “Terminator Salvation” (you can watch the scene on YouTube). You have to imagine that anyone considering a Schwarzenegger return is considering the possibility of doing something like that on a bigger scale, with Arnold himself providing motion capture and voice work for some sort of digitally scrubbed version of himself, a la Jeff Bridges’ youthful digital doppelganger in “TRON: Legacy.” If the effect was convincing enough — and Bridges’ in “TRON” was close — it could be interesting, and open the door to stuff “Terminator”‘s never done before, like seeing hundreds of identical Arnolds all onscreen at once.

Also possible, and slightly more worrisome, is Schwarzenegger eyeing his rival Stallone’s box office success, and deciding he needs to one-up Sly by becoming the T-800 again without the aid of special effects (Note: human growth hormone does not count as a special effect). I’d rather he revisit one of his other franchises, like “Predator” (which just got a sequel last summer) or “True Lies” (which director James Cameron is currently turning into a television series). They’re also remaking “Total Recall” with Colin Farrell in Schwarzenegger’s role. Maybe he can play Howser. Or Quato!

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…