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The Black List launches a website, becomes open to more Hollywood execs

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The Black List is going real-time. The yearly round up of the best unproduced scripts in Hollywood just got a big upgrade thanks to creator Franklin Leonard. He announced that today The Black List will launch a new online service called that will allow Hollywood insiders the ability to keep track of the most popular scripts on a daily basis, instead of only once a year.

Unfortunately for fans of The Black List (like ourselves), the service is only open to movie professionals like agents and directors, though that pool has increased from the original 300 members of the yearly list. is going to use an algorithm similar to the one Netflix uses to give personalized recommendations of movies to those who are members. They will then rate the scripts they have read, which will end up compiling the rankings on the Black List.

Scripts like “Juno,” “The Wrestler,” “The King’s Speech” and “(500) Days of Summer” were all brought to Hollywood’s awareness thanks to previous Black Lists. The whole point of the list was to put great, offbeat scripts out into Hollywood’s consciousness so they had a chance of being made. Originally Leonard, who is currently vice president of creative affairs at Will Smith’s production company, would just email a yearly PDF of the list out to a group of 75 other executives so they knew what scripts were the most popular among their peers. He started The Black List in 2004, and it has grown in popularity and clout ever since.

“It’s a natural extension of the work we were already doing with the annual list, celebrating great writing and drawing Hollywood’s attention to it and those capable of it,” Leonard said in a statement. “Hopefully the benefits that the list has brought screenwriters at the end of each year can continue similarly year round.”

Are you glad The Black List is gaining traction and ditching its yearly format? 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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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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