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Even Ron Howard is sick of those Dan Brown novels

Even Ron Howard is sick of those Dan Brown novels (photo)

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Despite (or maybe because of) a laughably bad Tom Hanks haircut and plots that appear pieced together from all of the History Channel’s most sensational documentaries, Ron Howard’s adaptations of Dan Brown’s popular pot boilers have been rousing successes for the director. Now, in the wake of the news that Howard’s much-ballyhooed “Dark Tower” adaptation is a no-go, comes word that the filmmaker will not be helming the next Brown movie.

Deadline is reporting that after directing both “The Da Vinci Code” and its sequel “Angels & Demons,” Howard plans on sitting “The Lost Symbol” out. Like the previous two films, “The Lost Symbol” will star Hanks, and presumably some shady business from the Catholic church.

Deadline claims to have been told by an insider that Howard “just didn’t want to do that thing over and over, the same character and the same stories.” However, given the colossal success of the first two films and the fact that “The Lost Symbol” sold a million copies on its first day alone, we’re guessing that the real reason for Howard getting up from the director’s chair is that he’s recently begun to hate success, which would also explain “The Dilemma.”

With “The Dark Tower” adaptation scuttled for now, Howard’s next projects will be the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-focused “Under the Banner of Heaven” (because Mormons are so hot right now) and a live-action version of the classic “Mad Magazine” comic, “Spy vs. Spy.”

Would you have liked to see Ron Howard’s vision of “The Lost Symbol” or are you glad someone new is in the director’s chair? Let us know 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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