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Finishing River Phoenix’s last movie “Dark Blood” won’t include family participation

Finishing River Phoenix’s last movie “Dark Blood” won’t include family participation (photo)

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Apparently the Phoenix family aren’t as behind Dutch director George Sluizer’s planned completion and release of River Phoenix‘s unfinished last film “Dark Blood” as he might have people believe. Though Sluizer said that he had been in contact with the family and planned to ask Joaquin Phoenix to do a voice-over to help tie together the film, Deadline received a statement from a spokesperson for the Phoenix’s that says otherwise.

“Despite George Sluizer’s claim that he has been communicating with River Phoenix’s family in regard to releasing River’s last film, Joaquin Phoenix and his family have not been in communication with the director nor will they participate in any way.”

This certainly is a hiccup in Sluizer’s plan to bring to project to the big screen. It is also reported that he has been having legal troubles releasing the film, which a Dutch production company is helping him with. /Film guesses that one of those problems might be an injunction from the Phoenix family, though that is unconfirmed.

“Dark Blood” follows River Phoenix as a hermit who lives in the desert on a nuclear testing site while waiting for the end of the world. A couple from Hollywood — played by Judy Davis and Jonathan Pryce — come to seek shelter there, and Phoenix ends up becoming involved in a troubled relationship with Davis’s character.

Sluizer said he sat on the footage over the past 18 years since Phoenix’s death in 1993 because he was afraid it might be destroyed. It sounds like he still has a few hiccups in his plan that need to be ironed out before the movie can finally get a theatrical release.

Do you think Sluizer saying the Phoenix family wanted him to finish the movie was just a ploy to get their approval? Let us know in the comments section below or 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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