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Five favorite films by Dino DeLaurentiis


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It should come as no surprise that we are huge fans of Dino DeLaurentiis’ films. One of the producer’s projects is almost always on IFC’s air, be it the sleuths of “Manhunter” or the demonically possessed trucks in “Maximum Overdrive” or tonight’s movie “The Last Legion,” which airs at 8 and 10:30 p.m. ET. Until he passed away in 2010, DeLaurentiis had a vast and storied career spanning continents and many many years in the biz. In his metier he worked with some of the most notable directors to ever sit behind a camera, including Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, David Lynch, Sidney Lumet, Milos Forman, Roger Vadim, Ridley Scott, The Wachowskis, and so many more. The films he produced spanned genres in a remarkable way. Whether working on Fellini’s “La Strada” or John Huston’s “The Bible: In the Beginning” or “Ragtime” or “Conan the Destroyer” or “Amityville 3D” or “Hannibal,” DeLaurentiis was a tireless and fearless producer.

In “The Last Legion,” which was one of the last films DeLaurentiis produced, we get the fantastical pairing of the collapse of the Holy Roman Empire and the Arthurian legends. Loosely based on the historical events of 5th century Europe, the film stars Colin Firth as Aurelius, a commander in the Roman army, and Ben Kingsley as Ambrosinus, a magician who may or may not have actual magical powers. Together the men will join with the Ninth Legion and plan one final triumphant stand against the barbarian invaders of Rome. DeLaurentiis produced the film as a family affair, working with his second wife, Martha, and Raffaella, his daughter by his first wife. It was Raffaella who suggested the film’s director Doug Lefler due to his work on “Dragonheart: A New Beginning,” which she produced.

In honor of the film, we made a list, less to play favorites among DeLaurentiis’ movies and more to highlight some of the great work of the legendary producer. In no particular order, here are five of our favorite films produced by Dino DiLaurentis:
1. “Nights of Cabiria,” dir. Federico Fellini

2. “Serpico,” dir. Sidney Lumet

3. “The Serpent’s Egg,” Ingmar Bergman

4. “Blue Velvet,” dir. David Lynch

5. “Evil Dead 2,” dir. Sam Raimi

DiLaurentis’ “The Last Legion” airs on IFC tonight at 8 and 10:30 p.m. ET

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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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