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“Umbrella Academy,” the comic from My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way, gets a new screenwriter


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It’s been a busy bunch of years for comic book movies, and while the big-screen development of well-known Marvel and DC icons is always fun to follow, it’s nice to see some of the great books lying off the well-trod superhero path get some attention, too.

According to Slashfilm, “Dodgeball” writer and director Rawson Thurber has been tasked to rewrite the script for “The Umbrella Academy,” the award-winning Dark Horse Comics series about a family of dysfunctional superheroes who reunite after the death of their adopted father.

Written by My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Ba, “The Umbrella Academy” received the Eisner Award (the highest award in the comics biz) when it first debuted in 2007. A big-screen adaptation of the series has long been in the works, and looked like it was moving ahead a few years back when Dark Horse announced a partnership with Universal Pictures to develop several of its projects (including the upcoming film “R.I.P.D.” with Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges).

“Race to Witch Mountain” writer Mark Bomback was originally attached to script the adaptation of “Umbrella Academy,” but not it appears that Thurber will give the project a complete rewrite.

A decidedly unique spin on superhero fare, “The Umbrella Academy” features seven children with vastly different powers who were adopted by the mysterious Sir Reginald Hargreeves, “inventor of the televator, the levitator, the mobile umbrella communicator, and Clever Crisp cereal.” The group eventually grows apart due to personal conflicts, tragedy, and a variety of other issues, but finds themselves together again when Hargreeves dies.

Two six-issue series have been published thus far, as well as several short stories featuring the characters. A third limited series, “Hotel Oblivion,” was announced back in 2009, but has yet to hit shelves.

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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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