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David O. Russell Leaves “Uncharted” Movie Project


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It’s hard to really say that fans of the “Uncharted” games were looking forward to the in-development film adaptation of the adventures of Nathan Drake.

There’s been a two-fold controversy surrounding the project. Nerd darling Nathan Fillion’s name had been bandied about and fantasized as an on-screen version of Drake for a while. He’d won hearts both male and female in various Joss Whedon productions and in ABC’s “Castle.” Fillion’s strapping, charming and an avid gamer, too. So, when the one-of-us campaign got derailed by reports that Mark Wahlberg would get the nod as the treasure hunter, geek enthusiasm for an “Uncharted” movie took a big hit.

Then, word got out about the take that David O. Russell’s take on the “Uncharted” mythos. Russell supposedly wanted to turn the devil-may-care adventurer’s saga in to a family drama–with Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci as fellow Drakes?–about a secret cadre of enforcers amongst the antiquities and elite classes. Not that the plots of the “Uncharted” games have ever been more than straightforward action narrative, but Russell’s take seemed to care nothing about even nodding at the source material. Cue a second round of nerd inferno.

Thankfully, PS3 fans can break out the fire hoses and extinguish their smoldering resentment. Variety reports that Russell’s leaving the yet-to-lens project over “creative differences” with Sony Pictures. The write-up speculates that “Uncharted” may go all the way back to the drawing board, jettisoning the previous script and the likelihood that Wahlberg, DeNiro or Pesci will be sticking around for another director’s vision.

While gamers may be breathing a sigh of relief, it’s worth considering that Russell isn’t exactly a horrible filmmaker. His sin seems to be not being interested in making the movie “Uncharted” fans want to see. Better still, if pressed, those fans probably couldn’t tell what kind of movie they’d want. A standard response might be something more like the games, but movies that ape games–and vice versa–can’t make use of the inherent strengths of each medium. Anyway, whether you want a “Uncharted” movie or not, the game franchise is in robust health with “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” due out this November. Chances are, no one’s going complain about the creative direction on that project.

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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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