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Director James McTeigue talks Wachowskis’ “Cloud Atlas”: “It’s like no other movie you have ever seen”

Concept art from "Cloud Atlas"

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Even before “V for Vendetta” came out in 2006, you were likely already familiar with director James McTeigue‘s work.

“The Raven” director worked as assistant director on many small films throughout the 1990s, but had his big break in 1999 when he landed a job as first assistant director on “The Matrix.” After that he was able to get the same position on “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones,” and was quick to work with the Wachowskis again on their next films: “The Matrix Reloaded,” “The Matrix Revolutions” and “Speed Racer.”

When McTeigue finally did get to work on his first feature, “V for Vendetta,” it was the Wachowskis who helped him get the project through the studio system. He directed the movie off a script that Andy and Lana (then Larry) wrote, and they both acted as producers on the flick as well. The Wachowskis produced McTeigue’s second feature film, “Ninja Assassin,” as well, and they’ve stayed in contact while he worked on “The Raven.”

It turns out that they have remained so close that the Wachowskis have already let McTeigue see their next feature film, “Cloud Atlas.” Everything we’ve heard about their long-anticipated flick has led us to believe it will be like nothing we can expect. When we told McTeigue our assessment of the movie, he laughed and seemed to agree.

“It’s like no other movie you have ever seen, which is the highest compliment I can pay it,” he said.

With such a great working relationship behind them, McTeigue said that he expects to work with the Wachowskis again in the future. His next project is “Message from the King” and they’re working on the sci-fi film “Jupiter Ascending,” but he expects their working paths will continue to cross.

“I adore them. In my life, they’ve been great friends and they’ve been very generous. It’s always good to work with them,” he said. “We stay in contact. They’ve seen ‘The Raven’ and they like the movie. There’s definitely a future where we’ll do something together again, for sure.”

Are you intrigued by “Cloud Atlas”? Would you want to see McTeigue and the Wachowskis work together again? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…