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Comic-Con: Robert Rodriguez updates status of “Heavy Metal,” “Sin City 2,” “Machete” sequels, and “Fire & Ice”

Comic-Con: Robert Rodriguez updates status of “Heavy Metal,” “Sin City 2,” “Machete” sequels, and “Fire & Ice” (photo)

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Celebrated filmmaker Robert Rodriguez held court at Comic-Con yesterday, and he came prepared with updates on many of the projects his fans are salivating to know more about, and brought a few surprises along, too.

First and foremost among his announcements was the news that he’s picked up the rights to “Heavy Metal,” the long-rumored remake of the 1981 adult-oriented animated feature (which was in turn based on the illustrated Heavy Metal anthology magazine). For the last few years, “Fight Club” filmmaker David Fincher has owned the rights to the project, and thrown around various concepts of what he had planned for it.

According to Slashfilm’s report on the panel, Rodriguez’ version of “Heavy Metal” will also be an anthology, with a narrative that book-ends the different segments within the feature. Rodriguez didn’t drop the names of anyone involved at this point, but he did reveal plans for a contest that would ask people to submit ideas for characters, worlds, and stories to be featured in a fan-generated segment.

The filmmaker also confirmed plans for a sequel to “Machete” titled “Machete Kills,” as well as a potential third movie, “Machete Kills Again.” He also joked that that the third film might be set in space — though no one seems to be certain whether that was actually a joke.

According to Rodriguez, high DVD sales of “Machete” made the sequels possible.

He also brought up the long-gestating sequel to “Sin City,” currently titled “Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For,” and indicated that “if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen this year.” Rodriguez said he planned to shoot the film in 3-D if does end up happening.

“Sin City” creator Frank Miller has reportedly written the script, which will feature three stories — one from Miller’s original comic and two new stories (with various sites reporting that the name of one of the new stories is “The Long Bad Night”). At this point, it’s probably best not to get your hopes up for “Sin City 2,” but we’ll keep our fingers crossed.

Finally, Rodriguez revealed plans for a new film based on recently deceased artist Frank Franzetta’s iconic painting “Fire & Ice.” The painting was made into an animated film by Ralph Bakshi in 1983, and Rodriguez indicated that the project is part of a bigger effort to raise awareness of Frazetta’s legacy.

Which Rodriguez project (if any) are you most interested in? Chime in below or on Facebook or 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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