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“Contagion” writer tapped for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” sequel


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The devastating aftermath of last year’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” will get a story authored by someone well-versed in the world of apocalyptic scenarios.

Contagion” writer Scott Z. Burns has been chosen to script the sequel to the critical and commercial 2011 hit “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” which served as both prequel and reboot for the “Planet of the Apes” movie franchise. The sequel will explore the simians’ ascension as society’s ruling class, according to a recent report on Heat Vision.

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” director Rupert Wyatt is signed to return for the sequel, and so is celebrated motion-capture actor Andy Serkis, who played lead ape Caesar in the first film. The first film’s writers, Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa, will also return for the sequel and assist with the script.

The outcome of the virus that erupted in the first film and the rise of the intelligent simians should be familiar territory for Burns, whose script for Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 film about the global spread of a deadly disease had audiences cringing and reaching for hand sanitizer. Burns also worked on “The Bourne Ultimatum,” so there’s some action on his resume to go along with the apocalyptic doom scenarios.

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was one of the surprise hits of last year’s movie calendar, earning over $481.8 million worldwide in 2011 on a budget of $93 million. The film was also the subject of a vocal campaign to have Serkis honored for his motion-capture work at the most recent Academy Awards.

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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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