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“Milli Vanilli” Movie Gets Rewrite And New Director

“Milli Vanilli” Movie Gets Rewrite And New Director (photo)

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In the late 1980’s Milli Vanilli blasted to the top of the charts on exotic good looks and the wonder of spandex over lean muscle. But they didn’t stay there long, banned from public consumption even quicker than they were welcomed, after they were exposed as lip sync frauds who had never recorded the songs in the first place. Universal Pictures was working to piece together a film about the infamous fakes a few years ago, but it didn’t get too far. Now Deadline reports that German director Florian Gallenberger will rewrite and helm the picture with The Kennedy/Marshall Company (“Munich,” “The Bourne Ultimatum”)

You may recall that Milli Vanilli was a somewhat well disguised product of German pop from start to finish, so it’s fitting a German would take on the story. Gallenberger won an Academy Award for his short film “Quiero Ser,” and his feature “John Rabe,” starring Steve Buscemi swept the 2009 German Film Awards.

The film would likely center on Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan, aka Rob and Fab, aka Milli Vanilli (though to this day I’ve no idea which was which, or if that even applies). Other players include German record producer Frank Farian, who originally found the two dancers strutting in a club and thought they would make the perfect face to front the group he was assembling, and the actual singers, rappers and musicians who recorded the music.

Eventually, the truth about the hit group came out when a prerecorded vocal track began skipping at a live performance. The duo fled the stage and shortly after admitted to the scam. Of course, by then they had sold millions of records and won a Grammy. Oops! Arista records dropped them and the rest of the story is written in the tabloids, in petty crimes and drug overdoses — from which Pilatus met his end, in 1998, in a Frankfurt hotel on the eve of his long planned come back.

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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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