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Behind-the-scenes video of Terrence Malick shooting secret project with Christian Bale

Behind-the-scenes video of Terrence Malick shooting secret project with Christian Bale (photo)

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If I want to write an article about Terrence Malick, I basically have two options for pictures I can use. The one above, that’s him on the set of “Days of Heaven” back in 1978. The other choice is this popular shot of him circa “The Thin Red Line” in 1998, where he looks like he was just surprised while cosplaying Alan Grant from “Jurassic Park.” That’s it. No new publicity shots in thirteen years. In other words: the guy doesn’t wind up in front of the camera often. There’s a reason he has a reputation as a recluse.

A reclusive guy wound up in front of a whole bunch of cameras last week, when Malick shot a mysterious new project with Christian Bale at the Austin City Limits Festival. While Bale and a small crew wandered around shooting material, people snapped pictures and videos of the team in action, like this one by Johnny Garcia which was found by Movie City News’ Ray Pride:

Malick seems pretty cool about the whole thing for a guy who I always assumed had a near-Amish phobia of having his picture taken. Whoever shot this was pretty invasive too, and got right up next to him a few times. I’m kind of surprised he didn’t run screaming.

As for this Bale-Malick project, it still has no title and no synopsis. If this video had surfaced a few years ago, I would have made a joke that the movie would be ready for release sometime around the year 2018. But Malick’s already nearly completed two films since putting the finishing touches on this year’s “The Tree of Life:” an untitled project with Ben Affleck and a documentary that expands “Tree of Life”‘s beginning-of-the-universe footage. Suddenly, after four movies in thirty years, the guy’s a human dynamo! Maybe’s he had some sort of life-changing spiritual epiphany. That could explain why he’s suddenly so chill about people filming him while he works.

What’s your favorite Terrence Malick movie? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or 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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