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Blake Lively passes on “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

Blake Lively passes on “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” (photo)

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Bad news continues to plague the production of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” The big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s best-selling Jane Austen spoof just recently nailed down its latest director — “Fright Night‘s” Craig Gillespie — but continues to struggle to find itself a leading lady. Something about playing an Elizabeth Bennett plagued by the zombie apocalypse just isn’t tickling the fancy of Hollywood’s actress elite.

The latest person to pass on the project is Blake Lively, according to /Film. The “Gossip Girl” star’s film career took off in recent years thanks to “The Town” and “Green Lantern,” and apparently wants to focus on indie dramas like “Hick” and “Savages” instead of going the big-screen-blockbuster route. To be fair, “Green Lantern” was a total flop, so it makes sense why she’s hesitant.

Natalie Portman was the first actress to pass on the role back in 2009. Since then, everyone from Scarlett Johansson to Emma Stone have turned down the project. Gillespie might end up having to go the unknown route and cast an up-and-coming actress who will be so happy to have such a major role that she won’t even consider shooting the offer down. He can make up for not having a big name actress by finding a Hollywood heartthrob to play the zombie-killing Mr. Darcy.

With all these delays, it seems unlikely that “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” will start filming before the end of the year. Fortunately zombies remain popular in Hollywood thanks to shows like “The Walking Dead,” so the movie still has a couple more years of leeway before its window of opportunity completely closes.

Are you surprised “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is having such a difficult time casting a leading lady? Let us know in the comments section below or share your thoughts 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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