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Francis Ford Coppola’s “Twixt” trailer bites in the best way possible

Francis Ford Coppola’s “Twixt” trailer bites in the best way possible (photo)

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This looks flat-out fantastic.

Here is the trailer for Francis Ford Coppola‘s “Twixt.” So far, I like everything about this movie. I dug the funky photos. I’m totally intrigued by Coppola’s ambitious plan to remix the movie live in theaters as part of a special roadshow tour. And now I really like this trailer, which invites us into the world Val Kilmer’s hack horror writer Hall Baltimore (true story: I was in a band in high school called Hall Baltimore*) as he investigates the vampire-related death of a young girl, played by Elle Fanning.

What particularly intrigues me about this movie is the nakedly autobiographical elements of Baltimore’s plight. When Kilmer looks into the camera and says “I want to write something personal, something for me…” and “I write because of the incessant financial burdens than hound me,” that sounds to me like Coppola speaking through Baltimore. Even though he directed one of the most successful franchises in history (that would be “The Godfather,” for the none of you that haven’t seen it), Coppola was always scrambling for money throughout his career. He only made “The Godfather” in the first place to ease the mountains of debt his company, American Zoetrope, had piled up in the late 1960s after Warner Brothers killed a distribution deal with the fledgling indie studio following the flop of its first release, a weird sci-fi movie called “THX 1138” by some dude named George Lucas. After his own “One From the Heart” crashed and burned at the box office in 1982, Coppola started taking gigs as a work-for-hire director to make ends meet. So when Kilmer talks about being an artist desperate to make something he cares about while scrambling to pay the bills, that’s something Coppola can relate to on a deeply personal level. All those local weirdos (Bruce Dern!) asking Baltimore to co-write with them also suggests the film will have plenty more to say about authorship and collaboration. Since Coppola will be remixing the movie live at special screenings, that theme’s only going to get amplified even further.

I haven’t loved Coppola’s recent movies, but I have dug the fact that his wine business seems to have given him back the creative freedom he lost decades ago. Coppola working without “incessant financial burdens” is always a sight to behold. I really hope I get to see this movie when it premieres at the Toronto Film Festival next month.

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*This may not actually be a true story.

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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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