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The Wachowskis return to sci-fi with “Jupiter Ascending”

The Wachowskis return to sci-fi with “Jupiter Ascending” (photo)

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The Wachowskis are returning to the sci-fi genre almost a decade after the last “Matrix” movie hit theaters. Deadline is reporting that Lana and Andy Wachowski have a new film called “Jupiter Ascending” that they’re setting up with Warner Bros and will be their next film after “Cloud Atlas” wraps. Talks have already begun to figure out which A-list star will lead the flick, though the premise for the movie is being kept tightly under wraps.

Like “The Matrix” trilogy, “Jupiter Ascending” will be an original property created by the Wachowski siblings. It will be the first original project they’ve put in front of the camera since “The Matrix Revolutions” premiered in 2003. The only other film the duo has directed since was 2008’s flashy adaptation of “Speed Racer.”

They are currently filming segments of the upcoming adaptation of “Cloud Atlas.” The ensemble flick stars actors like Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Jim Sturgess. To help cover the scope of the film, which follows numerous storylines and takes place during several time periods, the Wachowskis enlisted the help of their co-writer Tom Tykwer to help direct the project.

Because Deadline is reporting that “Jupiter Ascending” will be their first movie following “Cloud Atlas,” it seems like the Wachowskis have scrapped production on their untitled Iraqi war love story for the time being. Last year they made a desperate attempt to find funding for the project, which was also based on one of their original screenplays, but no studios were interested. After briefly toying with the idea of financing it themselves, it seems like the Wachowskis have instead decided to pursue a more sell-able project.

“Jupiter Ascending” should start production by spring. There’s no word yet on what year we can expect the film to hit theaters.

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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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