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The new “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” trailer shows Tom Cruise in top form

The new “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” trailer shows Tom Cruise in top form (photo)

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Tom Cruise is undoubtedly an eccentric person. From his outspoken theories, to his fat-suit dancing, to jumping up and down on Oprah’s couch, than man himself is often more outlandish than any of his characters. But we’re willing to look past it all as soon as you start talking about a new “Mission: Impossible” movie.

The dove-and-fireball-laden John Woo-directed second installment aside, the “Mission Impossible” movies are models of high-octane action-heavy thrillers, and a large part of that is due to Cruise’s undeniable charisma, stylishly floppy hair and willingness to do the type of stunts that most big-name Hollywood actors typically sit out. All of that is on display in the new trailer for “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” along with some exciting new cast additions.

In addition to Cruise returning as super-spook Ethan Hunt, the fourth “Mission: Impossible” movie also features returning cast membersVing Rhames, Simon Pegg and the introduction of Jeremy Renner, who it was previously rumored is being groomed to take over the franchise from Cruise. The trailer itself is pretty spoiler-heavy, so we’ll refrain from describing it in too much detail here. We’re full-on shocked that they gave one particular twist away, but knowing these movies, there’s likely a double-twist, double-cross and/or double-take coming down the pike shortly afterward.

Watch the trailer below, along with a greeting from the film’s director, Brad Bird, who is doing his first live-action work after achieving widespread acclaim for animated films like “The Incredibles,” “The Iron Giant” and “Monsters, Inc.”

Are you as excited by the trailer for “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” as we are? 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 IFC.com

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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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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…