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Spike Lee returns to his role from “Do The Right Thing”

Spike Lee returns to his role from “Do The Right Thing” (photo)

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Unless I’m mistaken, Spike Lee has never made a sequel to one of his fiction films. He might not call his new film a sequel but reports that technically it is, since it features the return of one of Lee’s signature characters from one of his signature films.

Earlier today, Lee tweeted that he was going into production on “THE NEW SPIKE LEE JOINT,” his first fiction feature since 2008’s “Miracle at St. Anna.” Blackfilm says that the movie is called “Red Hook Summer” and that:

“Details on the plot is limited, but a close source has informed us that the story centers on a adult from Atlanta who comes and spends the summer in Red Hook section of Brooklyn, NY. The kicker to this story is that Lee will be reprising his role as Mookie, the character he played over twenty years ago in his most famous film, 1989′s ‘Do the Right Thing.'”

Mookie, as you’ll recall, is the central character of “Do the Right Thing,” who works as a delivery man for the local pizza joint where scalding summer temperatures and smoldering racial tensions explode into a full-on race riot after the police beat and murder a black teenager. Here’s a scene from the film:

I love “Do the Right Thing” and I’d be very interested to see where Mookie wound up, twenty years later (apparently the answer is Red Hook). I’m on board with just about any Spike Lee film (I was one of the few folks who liked “Miracle at St. Anna”) but a sorta-sequel to “Do the Right Thing” sounds fantastic. I’m hoping Blackfilm’s “close source” is really close and really right on this. I’m crossing my fingers for Rosie Perez’s dance moves to make an appearance too.

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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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