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“The Wire” star Michael K. Williams slated to play Ol’ Dirty Bastard


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As anyone who has spent much time with high-end HBO drams knows, Michael K. Williams is a force to be reckoned with, courtesy of his stunning portrayals of uncompromising criminals with unique codes of honor. His charisma and ability played no small part in Omar Little and Chalky White becoming breakout stars of “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire,” respectively, but the actor has yet to make a real impact on the big screen. That could possibly change as Williams takes on the role of Ol’ Dirty Bastard in the new film “Dirty White Boy.”

The film is based on the true story of Jarred Weisfeld, who fell in with the former Wu-Tang Clan member while working at VH1, and spent time with the late hip hop legend prior to his 2004 death. Producers Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy say the story, “felt to us like ‘Risky Business’ and ‘8 mile,’ with equal elements of darkness, humor and humanity.” To us, that sounds like Williams and a white kid stripping down to their underwear and rapping, which would certainly cover the humor – maybe the darkness too depending on how they play it.

Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s stature as a hip hop icon has only grown in the years since his death, and with the support of the rapper’s mother, Cherry Jones, “Dirty White Boy” could prove to be a fascinating look at the man behind the outrageous character. For more information on the people behind the project, check out the full press release at Deadline.

What do you think about “Dirty White Boy”? Would you watch a movie with Michael K. Williams as ODB? Tell us in the comments below.

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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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