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“World of Warcraft” movie gets new writer, loses Sam Raimi


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“World of Warcraft” could finally, finally, finally get its film adaptation.

We’ve been hearing about this project for years, and for a long time Sam Raimi was attached to direct it. Now Variety is reporting that Raimi is off the project, but that it’s getting a rewrite from “Blood Diamond” scribe Charles Leavitt.

That’s good news for the franchise, because Leavitt has written some pretty great material in the past. In addition to “Blood Diamond,” he also penned “K-Pax” and the upcoming film “The Seventh Son” which stars Jeff Bridges and “Game of Thrones’s” Kit Harington. That blend of genres will be perfect for the “World of Warcraft” film if it sticks close to the game’s source material.

The “Warcraft” series centers around the conflict between two opposing groups: the Horde and the Alliance. “World of Warcraft” has gone on to become one of the most successful online games of all time. It’s done a good job of bridging the gap between casual consumers and avid gamers, so hopefully a movie would be able to do the same thing.

Variety reports that the hunt will soon be on for a new director to replace Raimi now that Leavitt is penning the script. Though there’s no set release date, the film could be out as early as 2014.

Video game films have seen a recent surge in popularity ever since it was announced that Michael Fassbender would star in and produce an adaptation of “Assassin’s Creed.” Since, a “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” movie was greenlit and a rewrite was called for the “God of War” movie we’ve been hearing about for a while.

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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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