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Charlie Kaufman’s next film will be a musical


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Charlie Kaufman‘s “Synecdoche New York” was about as divisive and hotly debated as any film of the last five years. It may not have been the most fun film to watch, but it was a damn fun movie to talk about. I suspect there will be equal amounts of discussion — if not equal amounts of disagreement — about Kaufman’s next project, “Frank or Francis,” which is supposedly about the symbiotic relationship between film makers and film bloggers. This is yet another way in which Charlie Kaufman is a genius: before he’s shot frame one, he’s already ensured his movie going to get written about.

Meanwhile, The Playlist spotted a video lecture on screenwriting that Kaufman recently gave for BAFTA, wherein he spills another intriguing detail about “Frank or Francis:” the film will also be a musical. Why? “I always try to do something different,” Kaufman told the crowd. “This thing that I just wrote that will hopefully get made is a musical, and I’ve never done that before, so I did it.”

Clearly new experiences are a big thing on Kaufman’s mind right now; he introduced his lecture by acknowledging he’d never done something like it before, and cited that lack of experience as his primary motivation. Art he said, was “an opportunity to recognize our common humanity and vulnerability,” of being willing to try something for the first time and even to fail at it. In this spirit, I’m trying to write this blog post in under ten minutes without copy editnig it.

You can — and should — watch all of Kaufman’s video lecture here. Even if he claims he doesn’t feel comfortable calling himself a writer, he’s a damn good one. Also, I’d like to close by taking this opportunity to acknowledge how hilarious and perfectly in character it is for Charlie Kaufman to have a publicity photo of himself in a hospital.

What’s your favorite Charlie Kaufman movie? Tell us in the comments below or write to us 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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