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“Life of Pi” trailer debuts, looks gorgeous


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Ang Lee has surpassed himself in the first theatrical trailer for “Life of Pi.”

The director is known for creating stylized, introspective movies like “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Hulk” and “Brokeback Mountain,” but it seems like he’s done his best work yet in his forthcoming adaptation of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel. The first footage from the movie debuted a little more than a month ago, and this trailer has made good on the promise that the short snippet from the film made.

Though this trailer is only shown in 2D, the visual effects make it very clear how Lee planned to make the movie work in three dimensions. This is the director’s first venture into 3D filmmaking, but he certainly understands the style that makes it look best. Some of the imagery in this trailer hearkens back to what directors like Tarsem Singh did in “The Fall,” which is very exciting.

It’s nice to see that the adaptation has been made stylistically and without a heavy hand, even though the trailer spends much of its time focused on the shipwreck instead of Pi being stranded with his animal companions. We also get some teases of what takes place beyond “Life of Pi’s” ocean setting, which gives us a good sense of how the rest of the movie will work as well. Though all the CGI effects don’t look completed yet, what is done does look gorgeous.

“Life of Pi” tells the story of an Indian boy named Pi who finds himself stranded on a boat after a shipwreck with no one but a tiger, a hyena, an injured zebra and an orangutan to keep him company. The film is due in theaters on November 21.

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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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