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Tom Cruise set to start in “Van Helsing” reboot

Tom Cruise in Interview with a Vampire

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Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are continuing their domination of Hollywood by now being hired to develop and produce a reimagining of “Van Helsing” for Universal. This is latest development in Universal’s ongoing attempt to bring the project to the big screen (again) and Tom Cruise is attached to produce and star in the flick.

Variety has the news about the latest project Orci and Kurtzman were handed in their two-year, first-look deal with Universal. The duo are also working on “The Mummy” reboot for Universal and an “Amazing Spider-Man 2” rewrite for Sony. That’s all in addition to their ongoing production on “Ender’s Game,” their work on “Star Trek 2” and their upcoming press tours for “People Like Us” and “Now You See Me.”

It’s easy to think that Kurtzman and Orci are two of the hardest and most sought-after men in the business right now, but they might also be the right men for this job. Stephen Sommers’ take on “Van Helsing” in 2004 was silly and not much of a success (it’s budget was $160 million and it made $120 million domestic/$300 million worldwide with a 23 percent Rotten Tomatoes score), even with the help of leads like Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale. These two could ground their take on the story in reality and humanity in the same way they did with “Star Trek” and “Transformers” (let’s just forget “Cowboys & Aliens” for the time being).

Cruise is on a good streak with Universal right now, as he’s also the leading man in Joseph Kosinski’s upcoming project “Oblivion.” But as /Film points out, there’s always a chance that he won’t end up starring as the titular character in the final version of “Van Helsing.”

It will be interesting to see if Orci and Kurtzman start from scratch or if they go back to Guillermo del Toro‘s previous attempt to adapt the story in 2010. In all likelihood they’ll go back to the drawing board, but we would love to see del Toro help them out, especially since Cruise was going to be involved in his version of the project as well.

What do you think about Orci and Kurtzman adapting “Van Helsing” with Tom Cruise? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and 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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