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“Chronicle” director in talks for “Spider-Man” spin-off, “Venom”


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Despite some really great Sandman stuff, and the fact that fans of a certain age are all but guaranteed to pop for Spidey in a black suit and/or Venom, “Spider-Man 3” didn’t exactly hit right for a number of reasons, including but not limited to extended emo scenes. But, thankfully for fans of grim n’ gritty 90s comics antiheroes, the symbiote-based Spider-Man villain, Venom could be returning to the screen, courtesy of “Chronicle” director Josh Trank.

As noted by Slash Film ( talk of a Venom movie is nothing new for Sony, as there were originally plans to have the spin-off directed by Gary “Hunger Games” Ross. But while that plan never came to fruition, the success of Trank’s found footage superhero flick, “Chronicle,” has more than a few humongous all-white eyes and prehensile tongues turning to him.

According to the “Los Angeles Times,” Sony is already negotiating with Trank to direct the new Venom-based flick, though the paper was unable to get any kind of actual comment from Sony, so perhaps take this news with a grain of salt. Also, keep in mind that Trank’s name is a hot one coming off the success of the outsized success of the relatively low-budget “Chronicle,” which while not a comic book movie, features its fair share of superpowers.

If you’re unlucky enough not to know about Venom as a character, a brief primer for you: Eddie Brock was a New York City journalist who got exposed to an alien symbiote that was cast off by Spider-Man. The symbiote takes the form of a totally badass suit that gives Brock, as Venom, a host of totally badass powers, including strength, speed, agility and wall-stick-to-it-ness. Notably, he also has the ability to avoid being picked up by Spider-Man’s spider-sense, making him a bigger, nastier version of the wallcrawler. Eventually, Venom turned from villain to antihero, when an even nastier symbiote, Carnage, shows up, as tends to happen.

What do you think of a movie starring Venom? Is Josh Trank the right guy for the job? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or 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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