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Universal passes on humongous “Dark Tower” adaptation, future of project in doubt

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These days the recession is affecting all of us, even poor, struggling movie studios like Universal Pictures, who apparently, couldn’t scrounge up the hundreds of millions of dollars necessary to produce Ron Howard’s “Dark Tower,” which was only set to include a measly three feature films and two separate television series.

Last month, we told you all about Howard’s plans for the “Dark Tower” franchise, based on Stephen King’s bestselling seven book series. Not only did the director plan to tell the story of King’s gunslinger in film and television (with Javier Bardem taking up starring duties), but there was even talk of “Dark Tower” video games that would play an integral role in the larger story story. Presumably just like “Enter the Matrix” did.

But now, Deadline is reporting that Universal has decided that maybe, on the other hand, “Dark Tower” isn’t exactly the sure-fire thing they once thought it was.

After reducing the project’s budget and making moves to begin production this summer, Universal was willing to commit to only a single film, not the trilogy and two television series that Howard, producer Brian Grazer and writer Akiva Goldsman wanted. The outrageous amount of money involved with filming all of that content, possibly simultaneously, combined with marketing and advertising costs turned out to be too much for the studio to gamble on what could possibly end up being a rated-R series of films.

After being turned down by Universal, Howard, Grazer and Goldsman are looking to take their ball and go play at someone else’s house. Deadline mentions Warner Bros. as a possibility, which makes sense given that the “Harry Potter” series has now ended and no one wants to see Peter Jackson’s take on “The Silmarillion,” but there’s no official word where “Dark Tower” might end up now.

What do you think about “The Dark Tower”? Is Universal missing out on a successful new franchise? Tell us 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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