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‘300’ spinoff gets a new title, director role down to two finalists

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“300” director Zack Snyder left the movie’s theatrical follow-up in the dust to take on the new Superman film “Man of Steel.” Now, the quest to replace him appears to be down to two finalists: Noam Murro and Jaume Collet-Serra.

Previously referred to as “Xerxes,” the spinoff will instead be titled “300: The Battle of Artemisia,” according to a Deadline report. The script, which looks at the life of King Leonidas’ gold-covered arch nemesis from the first film, will still be based on an upcoming graphic novel from writer Frank Miller. Snyder and his “300” co-writer Kurt Johnstad are said to have even finished a script, so as of right now, there is still plenty of creative continuity in the mix.

Murro’s body of work includes the 2008 Dennis Quaid and Sarah Jessica Parker film “Smart People,” and he’s been attached to 20th Century Fox’s next “Die Hard film.” But don’t hold his dramedy chops against him: the filmmaker has worked on commercials for Bungie’s video game series “Halo,” which are filled with action and also include soldiers called “Spartans.”

Collet-Serra, meanwhile, has a few darker credits to his name, with films such as 2009’s “Orphan” and the 2005 Paris Hilton horror romp “House of Wax.” If the producers prefer a darker look for “The Battle of Artemisia,” he’s proven that he knows how to work in the shadows.

Whoever snags the director’s chair, don’t expect to see them do away with the IMAX-friendly green screen special effects that helped propel its predecessor to become a global box office beast.

The new story will switch gears and travel back in time a few years to watch Xerxes rise up to become a godlike figure for his people. Even if that tale doesn’t directly involve 300 Spartans, it’s still coming from a Frank Miller tale, so it’s bound to be bloody.

Keeping that gore and violence in mind, a horror director could be a fitting choice.

Who would you like to see take the helm of the “300” spinoff? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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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

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

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