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Ben Stiller in talks to direct “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” remake


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Ben Stiller had already been attached to star in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” an upcoming remake of the 1947 film adapted from a James Thurber short story, but now it looks like the “Tropic Thunder” filmmaker will direct the film, too.

According to Variety, Stiller is in talks to get behind the camera for the film, with “The Pursuit of Happyness” scribe Steve Conrad penning the script and Samuel Goldwyn Jr. and John Goldwyn producing.

“The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty” follows a day-dreaming book editor who imagines himself as the hero of all manner of exciting adventures until he encounters the real-life woman of his dreams. The 1947 film starring Danny Kaye was a loose adaptation of Thurber’s original tale, which is considered one of the author’s most celebrated works and remains one of the most frequently anthologized stories in American literature.

Stiller’s attachment as director ends a long and tumultuous search for filmmakers to helm the project, which has seen both Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg come close to directing it. Prior to Still coming onboard as the film’s star, Mike Myers and Jim Carrey were both attached to play Walter Mitty.

Even if all goes well with Stiller’s negotiations, it could be a while before the film makes it to the big screen, as the actor has two upcoming films sandwiched between now and any movement on “Walter Mitty.” The Brett Ratner-directed action comedy “Tower Heist” hits theaters in November, and Stiller is also set to star in the alien-fighting comedy “Neighborhood Watch.”

Is Stiller’s involvement as writer and director a good thing or a bad thing for “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”? 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

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

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