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New “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” Web Series Debuts Today

New “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” Web Series Debuts Today (photo)

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Kevin Tancharoen is proof that being a super-nerd pays off. Last year, the director of “Fame” made an unofficial “Mortal Kombat” short film that re-imagined the fighting franchise’s iconic characters in gritty, dramatic fashion. It blazed through the interred in spectacular fashion, with many thinking that it was a reboot to the “MK” film franchise.

041211_KevinTancharoen.jpgSadly, it wasn’t but all the attention did get Tancharoen noticed by Warner Bros. They quickly squashed any re-make talk, since there already was a reboot of the “Mortal Kombat” movie series in development. As for the games, the Hollywood giant acquired the remnants of the Mortal Kombat intellectual property when original publisher Midway declared bankruptcy in 2009. Members of the original development team-including MK co-creator Ed Boon-reformed under the Netherrealm name and has been working on a new “MK” game that release next week.

To gin the ol’ hype engine for the new game, Warner Bros.’ Interactive Entertainment division hired Tancharoen to create an all-new web series called “Mortal Kombat: Legacy.” It’s being rolled out excusive on YouTube via video game web network and brings back Michael Jai White (“Black Dynamite”) and Jeri Ryan (“Leverage”) who both starred in the unsanctioned “Rebirth” short.

“Mortal Kombat” is an IP that managed to still maintain a rabidly dedicated fan base, which augurs well for next week’s reboot of the series. It’s fitting that a lifelong fan gets a big break in helping re-introduce the game to fans both new and old.

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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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