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Disney to reboot “The Rocketeer”?


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Disney seems to be digging back into the archives, and it now looks like the studio will again try to adapt “The Rocketeer.”

“Captain America: The First Avenger” director Joe Johnson has been trying to get a sequel to the 1991 flop up and running for years now, but to no avail. But now Vulture has learned from some inside sources that Disney is developing a return to the ’80s comic book series created by David Stevens under the direction of new studio chief Alan Horn.

We definitely believe this is the case, but we’ll wait until Disney confirms the development on the project before start jumping to conclusions. “The Rocketeer” tells the story of a racing pilot named Cliff Secord who stumbles across a rocket-pack prototype that had been created by Howard Hughes. There are plenty of comparisons that can be made between this story and “Iron Man,” which started Marvel Studios on its path to greatness back in 2008.

Some of the most successful projects to come out of Disney in the past few years have been from their subsidiaries: Marvel, Pixar and The Muppets. Since the studio hasn’t done well with its own new projects this year (“John Carter” barely made back the money it cost to make), it could be that Horn wants to focus instead on developing lucrative projects without the help of its various divisions. Up next the studio is releasing “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” “The Lone Ranger” and “Maleficent,” among others, so it seems like “The Rocketeer” would fit well among those genre films.

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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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