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Trailer Tunes: David Bowie And Queen In “Arthur”

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The Russell Brand remake of Dudley Moore’s classic 80’s comedy, “Arthur,” has seemed like a bad idea from the start. Too many writers, too many revisions, bringing too little that’s new to an original film that is already great and should be left well enough alone. I mean, who sees these pictures? Well apparently people do, and admittedly this first trailer for director Jason Winer’s 2011 version has some moments to it.

It starts off lively with David Bowie helping the character intros along with a little “Rebel Rebel.” We see Russell Brand, looking a bit off as Arthur, but Helen Mirren’s Hobson (played originally by the magnificent John Gielgud who an Oscar for his performance) is compelling. Jennifer Garner seems like the perfect woman to be cast in the role of a rich brat no one would want to marry, and Luis Guzmán looks like he could be amusing as Arthur’s driver and playmate. And hey, watching Nick Nolte grab someone by the crotch is always a good time.

But then the tired 70’s chart topper “All Right Now,” takes over and it becomes clear that, unlike the original trailer, there aren’t many laughs. Granted, the original was mostly just Dudley Moore laughing, but it was funny, with gratuitous laughter explained in Moore’s slurred British accent, “Oh, sometimes I just think funny things!” And it was absolutely liquor soaked, something that is conspicuously missing in this tale of a drunken playboy who must ultimately (sort of) choose between wealth or love.

I love me some David Bowie, and Queen too, so “Under Pressure,” the track they wrote together in 1981 that finishes the trailer off, is a hit in my book. But it plays out here like the literal interpretation of some lame producer’s notes: Here we’ll show everything’s going to be all right now, but then he’s under pressure again. I do believe this trailer just put “Under Pressure” over it’s limit of mindless overuse in film and TV.

There is no sign of any film score here, perhaps they are just going to re-use Burt Bacharach’s from the original and are waiting to break some updated version out later. I’ve heard a rumor that the famous Christopher Cross song, ”Arthur’s Theme Best That You Can Do,” will be making a special cameo appearance, but there is still no hint of it 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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