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Comic-Con: “Voltron” live-action movie announced

Comic-Con: “Voltron” live-action movie announced (photo)

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Are robots the new vampires? It seems that way with the new glut of machine-powered superheroes, and adding further fuel to that fire is Relativity Media announcing during their Comic-Con panel that they have acquired the rights to the fan-favorite ’80s cartoon, “Voltron: Defender of the Universe.”

A “Voltron” big-screen adaptation has been bouncing around Hollywood for years, attracting different owners and most recently getting a script from frequent geek screenwriter Justin Marks (who also penned producer Joel Singer’s once-promising He-Man reboot). The new project will apparently jettison existing scripts though in favor of one written by Thomas Dean Donnelly (“Conan the Barbarian”) and Joshua Oppenheimer (“Sahara”), who will undoubtedly bring their own stamp to the sci-fi franchise.

“Voltron” immediately conjures up images of interlocking lion-like animals combining to form a super-mega-huge robot that swung an impressively sized sword. The show followed five young warriors who defended the fate of mankind, piloting their creatures across the universe and engaging in colossal space battles. The series, originally based on Japanese anime, has spawned comics, a wide range of merchandise and a recently-premiered, highly-rated show on Nicktoon.

Fans have been anxiously waiting for years to see what would happen with the property, and a principal goal from the studio seems to be re-assuring audiences that their take on “Voltron” that will stay true to the original series. “I know there’s been a lot of rumors and speculation about this movie,” says the film’s producer, “so it’s great to finally confirm to all the Voltron fans everywhere that we’re coming for them.”

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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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