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Alex Winter making Napster documentary instead of concentrating on “Bill & Ted” reunion

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In an mash-up of “turn-of-the-decade” fads and pop culture events, Alex Winter, best known as the guy who isn’t Keanu Reeves in the late-80s/early-90s “Bill & Ted” movies, has been trying to make a movie about Napster since way back when the peer-to-peer file-sharing service was actually topical in the early 2000s. Now, since David Fincher totally drank the once-and-future Bill S. Preston, Esquire’s milkshake with his 2010 flick “The Social Network,” Winter has decided to just do the thing as a documentary for VH1.

The actor turned writer/director has been struggling to birth his Napster movie for almost a decade, originally writing a script for Paramount’s MTV Films. But with the dissolution of that division and the success of “The Social Network,” which featured Napster co-founder Sean Parker in a central role, the movie just wasn’t to be.

Instead of simply scrapping the idea and moving on to something people are even more excited for (like a third “Bill & Ted” movie), Winter has decided to do the project as a documentary for VH1, presumably so the network has a way to signal the end of an episode of “Basketball Wives” and the beginning of “Celebrity Rehab.

Winter told Deadline that Napster “became an expression of youth revolt, and contributed to a complete shift in how information, media and governments work.”

Of course, the Winter project that we’re really interested in is the “Bill & Ted” movie that he and Keanu Reeves have teased us with for years. Winter reports that there is indeed a script by the series’ original writers, but that “it’s early days on that project.”

Would you watch a documentary about the formation of Napster? Are we the only ones who would rather see a “Bill & Ted” movie than pretty much anything else? 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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