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Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, and Alec Baldwin Officially Signed On For Woody Allen’s Next Film

Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, and Alec Baldwin Officially Signed On For Woody Allen’s Next Film (photo)

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After years of mediocrities, I still haven’t quite come down from the high of “Midnight in Paris,” Woody Allen‘s best film in years. As a longtime Woody partisan, it hasn’t always been easy defending his work. “Whatever Works” almost made me cry, which would have been fine if it had been designed as a tragedy and not a comedy. Thankfully “Midnight in Paris” is so funny, charming, and even modern (for more on that, see our recent piece on the film), it single-handledly restored my faith in Woody. Let’s hope it’s the start of a new, late-career renaissance.

As usual, you will not have to wait long for a new Woody Allen film. With “Midnight in Paris” still in theaters, he’s already announced the full cast list for his next project, “The Bop Decameron.” As usual, the stars are listed in alphabetical order and, as usual, he’s put together a fantastic group of actors: Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page.

The film, Allen’s first shot and financed in Italy, will be set in Rome and feature four vignettes loosely based on Boccaccio’s “The Decameron,” which Wikipedia describes as “a medieval allegorical work best known for its bawdy tales of love, appearing in all its possibilities from the erotic to the tragic.” Sounds perfectly Allenesque to me, and Eisenberg is an ideal choice for a Allenesque hero. Production on “The Bop Decameron” begins on July 11.

Curious to see what Woody Allen has planned in Rome? Tell us what you expect to see in the comments below or on Facebook and 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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