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Gus Van Sant’s “Promised Land” gets its first theatrical trailer


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It’s been less than a year since “Promised Land” was first announced, but already the first trailer for the Gus Van Sant movie has made its way online.

“Promised Land” has had a quick turnaround time so it could be a contender for the next Oscar season. The flick reunites Van Sant with his “Good Will Hunting” and “Gerry” star Matt Damon, who co-wrote the script with John Krasinski. The initial concept for the flick was created by Krasinski and “Away We Go’s” Dave Eggers, and “Promised Land” was originally supposed to be Damon’s directorial debut. Unfortunately his commitment to about a million and a half other projects kept him out of the director’s chair, but it’s clear that he was very dedicated to the film as a whole.

Every actor involved in this flick looks like they will be challenging him or herself in some way. This is a big step up for Krasinski, who has made a marked trend towards more heartwarming pictures with this year’s “Big Miracle.” But everyone from Damon and Frances McDormand to Hal Holbrook and Rosemarie DeWitt looks like they’ve put their all into this picture, which in many ways is a criticism on corporate America. We’ll have to wait to find out how everything plays out before we decide just how critical Damon, Krasinski and Van Sant have been on the corporations that try to rule our country.

Here’s the official synopsis of “Promised Land”:

Corporate salesman Steve Butler (Damon) arrives in a rural town with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (McDormand). With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company’s offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (Krasinski) who counters Steve both personally and professionally.

“Promised Land” will come out in theaters in New York and LA starting December 28, and then will spread into a wider release in January.

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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

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Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

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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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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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