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Terrence Malick shooting two new films back-to-back in 2012

Terrence Malick shooting two new films back-to-back in 2012 (photo)

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Terrence Malick has been replaced by a pod person.

Okay, so technically I don’t have any proof that the director of “Days of Heaven” and “The Tree of Life” has been kidnapped, imprisoned, and replaced by an exact alien duplicate (viva the journalistic standards of blogs!). But how else do you explain this weird and completely uncharacteristic explosion of productivity? “Tree of Life” this year, a still-untitled feature with Ben Affleck next year, and now two more productions that were announced yesterday in a press release. They’re called “Lawless” and “Knight of Cups” and both star Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett with a big-time co-starring assist from Ryan Gosling on “Lawless.” From the press release:

FilmNation Entertainment is continuing their relationship with acclaimed director Terrence Malick (“The Tree of Life,” “The Thin Red Line”) and handling international sales and distribution on his next two films. “LAWLESS” will star Ryan Gosling (“Drive,” “The Ides of March”) and boasts a supporting cast that includes Academy Award Winners Christian Bale (“The Dark Knight,” “The Flowers of War”), Cate Blanchett (“The Hobbit,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) plus Rooney Mara (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Social Network”) and Haley Bennett (“Marley & Me,” “The Haunting of Molly Hartley”).

The second film, “KNIGHT OF CUPS,” will star Christian Bale with a supporting cast including Cate Blanchett and Isabel Lucas (“Immortals,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”). Both films are currently in pre-production and will shoot back-to-back in 2012.

According to The Playlist, “Lawless” is the project that Malick and Bale were seen shooting at the Austin City Limits festival earlier this year. But as you see there at the bottom both films will shoot “back-to-back” next year. Malick’s going all “Matrix” sequels on us! Crazy.

Speaking of Malick movies, The L.A. Times also has a few more details on that still mysterious Affleck-Malick collaboration that’s already shot and is currently being edited. Though they note that these things can change, as Malick’s films often look vastly different than the screenplays they’re based on, here’s how the Times describes the plot:

“Basically, it concerns a philanderer (Affleck) who, feeling at loose ends, travels to Paris, where he enters a hot-and-heavy affair with a European woman (Olga Kurylenko). Said Lothario returns home to Oklahoma, where he marries the European woman (in part for visa reasons). When the relationship founders, he rekindles a romance with a hometown girl (Rachel McAdams) with whom he’s had a long history.

Something something, dinosaurs. The end.

I kid because I love. I wasn’t crazy about “The Tree of Life,” but I am crazy about the idea of all these new movies from the suddenly prolific Terrence Malick. Whoever he really is.

Are you excited by all the Terrence Malick productivity? Or do you prefer the one-movie-every-eight-years version? Tell us in the comments 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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