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“Training Day” director preparing to storm Las Vegas

“Training Day” director preparing to storm Las Vegas (photo)

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The non-fiction tome “Storming Las Vegas” has everything: Cuba, Soviet Spetsnaz commando, Las Vegas casino robberies and a man who will do anything to support his family. And now, the film adaptation of the book has a director in Antoine Fuqua.

First published in 2008, we’re kind of shocked that it’s taken a book with the high-concept “It’s real-life ‘Scarface’ meets ‘Ocean’s 11′” to get off the ground, but according to Deadline, it’s finally happening, with the director of “Training Day,” “Brooklyn’s Finest” and the upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic at the helm.

“Storming Las Vegas” tells the story of Cuban-born Jose Vigoa, who was conscripted into the Soviet Spetsnaz force at the age of 13. After serving in Afghanistan, Vigoa escaped to America and eventually Las Vegas, where he was eventually incarcerated on drug charges. Following his release, Vigoa got serious and put together a crew, utilizing his experience as a Russian commando to rob numerous Las Vegas casinos during a 16-month crime spree. He was like Brad Pitt in “Ocean’s 11” if Pitt’s character shot and killed mall security guards.

There’s no word yet on when the Lorenzo di Bonaventura-produced film will be released, but presumably it will be a few years, as Fuqua is currently filming “Southpaw,” a film that combines some pop culture favorites of its own: Eminem, boxing and “Sons of Anarchy’s” Kurt Sutter.

Cuban immigrants and casino robberies – is there anything not to like about “Storming Las Vegas”? 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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