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Ron Howard still hustling to make that “Dark Tower” movie; a patient Javier Bardem still attached to star

Ron Howard still hustling to make that “Dark Tower” movie; a patient Javier Bardem still attached to star (photo)

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Last month we brought you the news that Universal Pictures had passed on Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s utterly brobdingnagian multimedia adaptation of Steven King’s “Dark Tower.” But apparently, when you’re rich as all hell and have a project in mind, that kind of thing is only a temporary setback.

Howard and Grazer recently told the New York Post that they are not only trying to move forward with the adaptation of King’s massive series of novels, but that they are sticking with the original plan of three movies and a couple of television spin-offs. As to where all the money will come from for their expansive project, Grazer reportedly claimed that Howard is “trying to get outside financing to make it, and distribute it through a major [studio].”

This isn’t too much of a surprise, as “The Dark Tower” remains one of King’s most impressive and beloved works, and both Howard and Grazer appear completely committed to going through with it. What’s interesting, however, is that despite not having a start date or even a studio attached, Javier Bardem is still set to star as the gunslinger Roland Deschain.

What really perked our ears up, however, is not so much that Howard and Grazer are planning to move ahead with the “Dark Tower” television series, but where they mentioned taking them: Netflix. To be fair, they also mentioned taking the project to other networks, but with Netflix’s recent push to start developing their own original content, snagging an established franchise like “The Dark Tower” would be a real coup.

What do you think about Howard and Grazer’s “Dark Tower”? Is the duo a good fit for the material? Would you watch a “Dark Tower” television series over Netflix? 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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