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Johnny Depp to play vampire-hunting journo and/or Revolutionary War hero

Johnny Depp to play vampire-hunting journo and/or Revolutionary War hero (photo)

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Given the massive success that Disney has found with Johnny Depp in their “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, it should come as no surprise that the company is joining forces with the actor’s Infinitum Nihil production company for two new movies. What is absolutely, utterly shocking, however, is that Depp is not scheduled to play an eyeliner-pirate in either flick.

The first film is an adaptation of the 1972 television movie “The Night Stalker,” which tells the story of an investigative reporter that tracks a Las Vegas serial killer who may or may not be a vampire. The film was a humongous success, spawning both another made for television movie, “The Night Strangler,” as well as the television series “Kolchak: The Night Stalker,” both of which starred Darren McGavin as the reporter Carl Kolchak.

According to the fine folks over at Deadline, Depp is said to be “the potential star” of both “The Night Stalker” remake as well as another film focusing in on Paul Revere’s legendary midnight ride. While the supernatural elements of “The Night Stalker” seems to fit in nicely with Depp’s “friendly-goth” aesthetic, a historical drama about a Revolutionary War hero appears a little further afield. We’re sure they could fit in some kind of monster somewhere though. Or hell, just make Paul Revere a vampire – it’d explain why he’s out at night.

Speaking of vampires, Depp is currently working on the Tim Burton film adaptation of “Dark Shadows,” in which he plays the vampire Barnabas Collins. The actor will next step into the boots of Tonto in “The Lone Ranger,” which features Armie Hammer as the titular hero.

Would you rather Depp play a vampire hunter or a Revolutionary War hero? Or both? Let us know below or on Twitter or Facebook.

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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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