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Tony Scott to remake “The Wild Bunch” whether you want him to or not

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Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 flick “The Wild Bunch” is a stone cold classic: A brutally violent western that showed that graphic genre films could be beautiful and technically dazzling in their own right, while telling a timeless story of hard men past their prime, setting out for one last score. Somewhat fittingly then, another hard man past his prime, Tony Scott, plans on taking the reins on a remake of the classic film.

In the film, William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Warren Oates, Ben Johnson and Jaime Sánchez, posse up for a trip down to Mexico and a whole lot of bloody, slow motion violence. That violence ultimately contributed to the film’s legacy, as it has come to be recognized as an exemplar of the action genre, and a forerunner to all of the stylized, hyper-violent flicks we so enjoy today.

A new “Wild Bunch” might stick in film fans’ collective craw more than other recent remakes, however, because the original not only holds up, but retains much of its charm due to its late 1960s aesthetic and the grizzled old men in the leads. It’s possible that a new version of the flick could cast similarly hard-faced geezers – hell, Ernest Borgnine’s still taking gigs – but playing the odds, we’re probably looking at a Western version of “Ocean’s Eleven.”

But anti-remake folks don’t need to get their panties in a twist just yet, as Deadline reports that a new “Wild Bunch” won’t be saddling up any time soon. Prior to the remake, Scott is already committed to “Hell’s Angels,” and he wants Jeff Bridges to star. If he’s truly committed to working with the “True Grit” actor, he’ll need to wait until Bridges finishes up commitments to both “R.I.P.D.” and “The Seventh Son.” So we’ve got at least a couple years before anyone needs to get well and fully agitated about this particular remake.

Do you think a remake of “The Wild Bunch” is necessary, and if so, is Tony Scott the right man for the job? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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

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Cancel it!

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Wedding Planners

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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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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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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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