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“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” lead Reeve Carney to star as Jeff Buckley in new biopic

“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” lead Reeve Carney to star as Jeff Buckley in new biopic (photo)

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When Jeff Buckley passed away in 1997 at age 30, the music world lost one of its most promising new artists. The one studio album released during his lifetime was hailed by critics as a modern classic and catapulted the singer-songwriter into the upper echelon of the indie world, where he remained until a tragic drowning incident in a Tennessee river. A posthumous release garnered a Grammy nom.

With so much acclaim and a sad fate, a feature film based on Buckley’s life was probably inevitable, and now we have the name of the actor who will be filling the late musician’s shoes: Reeve Carney. While he’s not the biggest name in Hollywood, Carney has been making waves as the title character in Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” The show marked Carney’s first foray into acting and professional singing; he had been discovered by director Julie Taymor through his rock band.

Fears over Hollywood’s take on Buckley’s life can be partly assuaged by the folks involved: the film is executive produced by Buckley’s mother, directed by Jake Scott (who helmed the dark Kristin Stewart pic “Welcome to the Rileys”), written by Ryan Jaffe (“The Rocker”) and steered by the producers behind “Finding Neverland” and “Control.” The company behind the production has also optioned the book “Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley.”

According to the filmmakers, the untitled script is based on scores of interviews, unlimited access to Buckley’s estate, and the singer’s personal journals, drawings and letters. The production is scheduled to begin in New York and Memphis this November.

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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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