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“Real Steel” author Richard Matheson looking to develop 150 short stories for films

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Author Richard Matheson is a fixture in genre film adaptations, having written the source material for “I Am Legend,” “What Dreams May Come,” “The Box” and even the serious robot-boxing piece, “Real Steel.” But now, with what we imagine is a beat-up old milk crate full of potential movies, the author and his son, R.C. Matheson, are launching a full-on assault of the Hollywood establishment.

Variety reports that the father-son duo has joined forces with a William Morris literary agent and they are currently shopping around his entire library, which includes “150 short stories, books, plays and scripts.” While the elder Matheson has had considerable success getting his works adapted in the past, now he and his son are looking for more control over the final product.

Richard Matheson and son R.C., who has previously penned episodes of “The A-Team” and “The Incredible Hulk,” are interested in writing the scripts for the new adaptations themselves, and if that doesn’t pan out, they at least want to “have a say in their development, including which screenwriters or directors get hired.” While Matheson speaks warmly of this weekend’s “Real Steel,” noting, “They hit all the right things with it. They gave it heart,” he also notes that that isn’t always the case with adaptations, and that “there’s nothing sadder than a badly done film.”

Of course, while what everyone expects to be a big weekend for “Real Steel” will certainly help Matheson’s brand in the marketplace, the sheer volume of material he’s offering up could be a detriment. Sounds like someone spent Economics 101 drafting thought-provoking science fiction stories, doesn’t it?

Meanwhile, another serious knock against the Mathesons’ renewed Hollywood push is that they haven’t involved Richard’s other son, Christopher, who is one of the screenwriting geniuses behind both “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.” We’re hoping that’s because he’s just too damn busy finding the perfect early-90s-sounding adjective for the title of the rumored third movie. Might we suggest “Bill & Ted’s Tubular Sojourn”?

Are you interested in seeing more Matheson adaptations? Do you have a favorite Matheson story you’d like to see hit the big screen? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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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

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Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

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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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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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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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