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Scarlett Johansson making directorial debut adapting Truman Capote novella

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Scarlett Johansson is joining the ranks of Hollywood actors who step behind the camera to try their hand at directing. Though she’s busy filming the sci-fi drama “Under the Skin” with “Sexy Beast” director Jonathan Glazer, Johansson is apparently prepping her directorial debut with an adaptation of Truman Capote’s novella “Summer Crossing.”

Variety has learned that Johansson will get behind the camera with the long-lost Capote novella about an 18-year-old girl coming into her own in post-World War II New York. Grady is a carefree young socialite who must make some serious decisions about a romance she is pursuing and the way it will effect those around her. It is compared to Capote’s hit novella “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

“Summer Crossing” sounds in line with the indie films Johansson has aligned herself with in the past. New York playwright Tristine Skyler wrote the screenplay. Skyler has written a series of small films like “Chlorine” and “Final Draft,” as well as episodes of TV shows like “Angel” and “Law & Order.”

Johansson will have a strong producing team backing her up for the film. She has brought on board Oscar-winning producer Barry Spikes (“Deer Hunter”) and executive producer Peter D. Graves, and has acquired the assistance of trustee Alan Schwartz from the Truman Capote Literary Trust.

There’s no word yet on whether Johansson will star in the film as well, but considering Grady is supposed to be 18-year-olds, she likely will bring on new talent. No word yet on when Johansson plans to start pre-production on the film, but it will likely hit theaters no earlier than 2013.

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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.)

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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.

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Lane 33: Twins

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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

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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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