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Jon Favreau may direct the movie version of “Jersey Boys”

Jon Favreau on the set of Iron Man

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Jon Favreau is taking time off from comic book adaptations for… musical theater?

Variety just posted the awesome news that the “Iron Man 2” helmer is at the top of GK Films’ list to direct their big screen adaptation of “Jersey Boys.” The trade doesn’t list any other directors who are in contention for the role, so it seems to bode pretty well for Favreau taking the reins on the project.

“Jersey Boys” tells the truth-life tale of the hit ’60s doo-whop band Frankie Valley and the Four Seasons, and traces their career as one of the biggest acts of the era. The play has been a hit since opening in 2005, and iterations now take place in major cities across the world.

Favreau will be returning to the big screen in “People Like Us” and the upcoming “Iron Man 3,” but he hasn’t directed a movie since “Cowboys & Aliens.” It’s been almost a decade since he helmed a comedy, and it was the Christmas classic “Elf.” We’re excited about him shifting gears from directing in the comic book genre for a while, especially for a project as fun as “Jersey Boys.”

So does Favreau have any experience with musical theater? That, we don’t know. But we do know that he doesn’t take on projects unless he’s passionate about them, and usually than translates into a pretty good movie (sorry, “Cowboys & Aliens”). Hopefully the same can be said for “Jersey Boys,” if he ends up coming on board.

That leaves us without much hope for his planned Disney movie, “Magic Kingdom.” We haven’t heard anything about that project in over a year, so our guess is that it’s on hold for a while.

Would you like to see a “Jersey Boys” adaptation directed by Favreau? 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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