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Fans Bring The Bleak World of “Gears of War” to Life

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Like any best-selling video game franchise, there’s been talk of a “Gears of War” movie for the better part of a decade now. The first “Gears” game established the sci-fi war series as an important pillar on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console in 2006. Then, “Gears 2” cemented the kind of gamer loyalty that drives multimillion dollar success in 2008. The first believable whispers about bringing Marcus Fenix and the other human soldiers in Delta Squad to the silver screen bubbled out of Comic-Con in 2009, with director Len Wiseman attached.

But budget concerns and talent availability have apparently put the project in limbo. The “Gears” games tell the tale of an all-consuming war on the planet of Sera, where humans fight against slug-like subterranean race called the Locust. Epic Games’ design director Cliff Bleszinski makes much of the game’s attention to architecture and a bombed-out Euro village aesthetic, and you’d have to nail that to make a “Gears” film feel authentic. It’s the kind of movie that’ll need money to capture the game’s distinct look.

That’s why it’s so amazing that Try Force Productions’ low-budget trailer effectively channels the milieu of Marcus Fenix. The 1:42 trailer doesn’t tell any kind of story but as works a proof-of-concept. Sure, the guy acting as Marcus doesn’t have the playable character’s roided-out bulk and the environs don’t look as sci-fi as they do in the three games. But, Try Force’s clip captures the lonely, desolate feeling of a “Gears” playthrough, of hustling your way through a ravaged world where loss echoes out in the empty spaces. The filmmakers are trying to crowd-fund their future efforts, so if you want to see more of this kind of thing, visit their Kickstarter page.


Does the sight of this fan-made trailer get you more excited for a “Gears” movie or do you want Hollywood to stay away from Marcus, Dom and Cole Train? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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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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