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“The Three Stooges” trailer looks nyucky

“The Three Stooges” trailer looks nyucky (photo)

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They’re back! The Stooges! Moe! Larry! Curly! Snooki!

Wait, Snooki? Here’s the first teaser for “The Three Stooges.” Just watch.

And here’s the IMDb plot synopsis:

“While trying to save their childhood orphanage, Moe, Larry, and Curly inadvertently stumble into a murder plot and wind up starring in a reality TV show.”

A reality show co-starring Snooki? According to Wikipedia, this particular “Three Stooges” film has been in development since 2001, when Snooki was still a gleam in an MTV casting director’s eye. That’s when the Farrelly Brothers, Peter and Bobby, signed on and first wrote a “Stooges” screenplay with Mike Cerrone. The script bounced around Hollywood for years, landing at MGM shortly before the studio went bankrupt, until it finally found a home at Fox. At one point, the cast was supposed to feature Benicio Del Toro, Sean Penn, and Jim Carrey as the titular knuckleheads, but all three later dropped out and were replaced by the current cast, Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes, and Will Sasso.

You don’t need a good movie to make a good trailer; you just need a movie with two good minutes. I’m worried at this point that “The Three Stooges” doesn’t even have that. Maybe I’m just not a big enough fan of the old Stooges schtick, with all the pokes and punches and woo woo woos, because that’s basically all this trailer advertises. I’d be curious to hear what a real die-hard Stooges fan thinks of this trailer, and what they wind up thinking of the finished movie because they seem to be the main audience the Farrellys are going for. To an extremely casual fan like me, it just looks kind of nyucky. (Nyuck nyuck nyuck!)

On Monday, I wrote a piece here on expounding on Drew McWeeny’s theory that we are currently witnessing “The Age of Fanfiction” in Hollywood. Looking at this trailer, it’s hard not to think that the Farrelly’s “Three Stooges” is going to be another major example. These guys who’ve loved the Stooges their whole lives got to take over the property and update it (sort of). It looks like an extremely glossy fanfilm, and it opens April 13, 2012.

What do you think of the “Three Stooges” trailer? Tell us in the comments below or write to us on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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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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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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