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Seth Gordon remaking his “King of Kong” as a mockumentary

Seth Gordon remaking his “King of Kong” as a mockumentary (photo)

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For some people, a serious look at the world of competitive “Donkey Kong” would already count as a mockumentary. Not so for Seth Gordon, the director of “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters,” who has made public his intentions to direct a new mockumentary adaptation of his breakout hit.

The 2007 documentary followed “Donkey Kong” newcomer Steve Wiebe as he struggled to wrest the world record high score on the game from long-time champion Billy Mitchell. As you can probably imagine, 85% of the people in this movie are at least 75% nuts, so it makes for a pretty good time.

Rumors of some kind of follow-up to the film have circled for years, with Gordon having claimed at different times that it would be both a remake and a sequel. Now, the “Horrible Bosses” director appears to be taking the mockumentary route: “I’ve done some work on ‘Modern Family’ and ‘The Office’ and have worked in this doc style, and so that inspired me to say, instead of doing a traditional narrative feature script, what if we did the remake in the doc style?”

Talking to The Playlist, Gordon continued to ask rhetorical questions about the film, querying, “What doors does that open? What opportunities? What additional story could we tell?” before finally stating, “And that’s essentially the approach we took.”

Of course, we’ve still got some questions of our own, chief among them being, “Why bother remaking an already funny documentary as a mockumentary?” and also, “Haven’t we mocked Billy Mitchell and his outfits enough?” The whole thing seems like shooting fish in a barrel. A barrel that’s been thrown down a perilous construction site by an enraged gorilla.

That being said, we should probably just be happy that he’s not making a movie based on a Disney ride. Knock on wood.

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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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