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10 movies we actually *want* to get a 3D re-release

10 movies we actually *want* to get a 3D re-release (photo)

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“The Lion King” roared back into theaters and grossed nearly $30 million at the box office last weekend, all thanks to its new 3D treatment. That was enough dough to earn the re-release a No. 1 slot over “Contagion” and “Drive,” and stun cynics who may have doubted audience interest in the 3D-ification of a 2D animated film. Whether or not the upcoming 3D re-releases of “Star Wars” and “Top Gun” will find similar success remains to be seen (although both are probably a safe bet).

As long as Hollywood is digging through their attics and retrofitting films for 3D, though, we’ve got a few proposals that could make for memorable multidimensional screenings.

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coolworld.jpg10. “Cool World” (1992)
If “The Lion King” can be shown in 3D, then surely someone can unearth this classic from the closet of Brad Pitt’s career and show it the same level of respect. The combination of live action and animated characters should split apart nicely, and we’ve seen far too little of Gabriel Byrne in recent years anyway.

lawnmowerman.jpg9. “The Lawnmower Man” (1992)
Jumping inside of computers doesn’t always look at pretty as it did in “TRON,” but this wonky horror movie’s early-’90s computer animation should be simple enough to rework for the third dimension. Yes, it could look like a bad PlayStation game, but it can’t look much worse than the 1993 Super Nintendo game that the movie inspired.

laststarfighter.jpg8. “The Last Starfighter” (1984)
The ultimate escapist wish-fulfillment trip for “X-Wing” and “Wing Commander” players would be a spectacular retro trip in 3D. The film has outer space dogfights, cockpit views and heaps of lasers and explosions. Yes, the special effects look like they were made in 1984, but their vintage simplicity could make them all the more striking as they pop off the screen.

flightofthenavigator.jpg7. “Flight of the Navigator” (1986)
Unfortunately, the technology does not yet exist to make a full-grown adult 8-years-old again and send them back in time to watch “Flight of the Navigator” in a theater again. 3D could do wonderful things for the flight scenes, as well as the young main character’s robot friend, who happens to be voiced by Paul Reubens.

spaceballs.jpg6. “Spaceballs” (1987)
At its best, a 3D “Spaceballs” release could be the ultimate satire of the 3D phenomenon. From Rick Moranis’ giant helmet to Pizza the Hut, the only way to do this movie justice would be with excessive pop-outs in every scene. The results would be absurd and too compelling to miss.

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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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