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Al Pacino plays Phil Spector, scares New York indie kids with resemblance

Al Pacino plays Phil Spector, scares New York indie kids with resemblance (photo)

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Though it would be hyperbole to call the job of a record producer thankless or nameless, you might not expect someone who spends all his or her time making a band sound its best would make a compelling subject for a film, let alone one with the potential to draw stars like Al Pacino, Bette Midler and writer David Mamet.

But over the weekend, the New York Post managed to snag a photo of Pacino portraying the legendary, infamous and influential producer Phil Spector, who is currently serving a 19-year sentence for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson. In the Post, Pacino looks uncannily like Spector, sharply dressed in a gold-emblazoned suit with his lips pursed and his shades tinted. He’ll play Spector in a yet-untitled biopic about the downfall of the producer for HBO, the same network behind his recent role as Jack Kevorkian. As the Daily Mail points out, the prospect of this film is particularly intriguing since Mamet has publicly criticized Spector’s guilty verdict, something that makes friends and family of Clarkson very uneasy. “They have written to the playwright to remind him of Spector’s conviction and beg him to ‘refrain from rewriting history for creative license,'” notes the Mail.

Spector’s idiosyncratic behavior (multiple people, included The Ramones, have spoken publicly about his gunplay) is certainly enough for an interesting character study, but the production of the movie potently comes at a time when Spector’s saturated Wall of Sound technique is in vogue with a lot of rock bands whose members weren’t even alive during his heyday. From Fleet Foxes and Beach Fossils to The Love Language and Dum Dum Girls, a whole lot of indie rock bands have gone pretty deep with Spector’s ideas in the last several years. So whether Mamet offers him a little redemption in the film or Pacino simply confirms the creepy stories we’ve all heard about Spector, the film is sure to strike a chord–played three or four times, and recorded in an echo chamber–with a lot of listeners.

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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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