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Sean Penn to direct Robert De Niro and Kristin Wiig in “The Comedian”

Sean Penn to direct Robert De Niro and Kristin Wiig in “The Comedian” (photo)

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Marking his first directorial effort since 2007’s “Into the Wild,” Sean Penn has officially come on board to direct the drama “The Comedian.” He had tapped some interesting talent to play his leads: Robert De Niro and Kristin Wiig. The unlikely duo will play an aging comedian and the woman he falls in love with.

The script, written by Art Linson with comedian Jeffrey Ross assisting, has been circling around Hollywood for a while now. Originally Martin Scorsese was rumored to be helming the project with De Niro as the titular comedian, but Penn started negotiations to direct the movie earlier in the summer. Now The Hollywood Reporter confirms that he is officially directing the flick, with plans to start shooting in the spring.

“The Comedian” follows an aging insult comic who one played a beloved television character but now sees his career stalling out. During one stand-up set, he hits an audience member in the head with a microphone and gets sentenced to doing community service as punishment. It’s there that he meets a “dazzling redhead who turns his life sideways,” according to THR.

Though the movie will likely contain elements of comedy, it will be interesting to see Wiig in her first truly dramatic roles. Both “Bridesmaids” and “Whip It!” were dramatic to a certain extent, but Wiig still leaned upon her comic training for those performances. Still, I don’t doubt that she has the chops to face off against De Niro on the big screen, and it is nice to see her given a chance to show off her range.

Do you think that De Niro and Wiig make an interesting pair? Are you glad to see Penn behind the camera again? 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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