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“Harry Potter” team to bring their magic to Stephen King’s “The Stand”

“Harry Potter” team to bring their magic to Stephen King’s “The Stand” (photo)

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Let’s be frank, shall we? The “Harry Potter” series made Warner Bros. a veritable ballsload of money over the past decade. But with no more books to adapt, the series has currently come to a close, up until J. K. Rowling decides she needs to buy a spaceship or something. Without a colossal new franchise waiting in the wings, it should come as no surprise that the studio wants “Potter” director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves to develop another lengthy adaptation: Stephen King’s “The Stand.”

“The Stand,” King’s humongous post-apocalyptic novel, has already been adapted as a miniseries in the 1990s, and more recently as a series of comic books at Marvel. But given the fact that the miniseries was on network television and wasn’t able to revel in all the horror and violence of the source material, a big screen adaptation makes quite a bit of sense, especially if the movie is allowed to hit theaters with an R-rating.

The story starts with a killer virus that decimates the population, which then splits into two sides, becoming the armies in the final battle between good and evil. Given current fears and neuroses about the state of the world and increasing religious fanaticism on seemingly all sides, now seems like a pretty perfect time to put “The Stand” back in the public consciousness. Hell, put an even finer point on it by having the virus get released as the result of a financial crisis and the subsequent budget cuts. You can have that one for free, Warner Bros.

David Yates, who directed the fifth through eighth “Potter” movies has been speaking about the possibility of a new “Stand” adaptation for months now, but the potential involvement of Steve Kloves is something rather new. The screenwriter was responsible for all but one of the “Potter” movies, and would bring a steady, experienced hand to the production. Neither Yates or Kloves is locked down at this point, but HitFix seems to think it’s all but a done deal at this point.

Is “The Stand” worthy of yet another adaptation? How awesome do you think they’ll make that big hand look in CGI? 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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