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Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing” picked up by Lionsgate


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As promised, Joss Whedon debuted his adaptation of “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. It didn’t come as much of a surprise to hear that audiences adored the film, and that studios were quick to snatch it up.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Lionsgate/Roadside has grabbed distribution rights to “Much Ado,” along with Kristen Wiig’s “Imogene” and Mark Ruffalo’s “Thanks for Sharing.” No word yet on when any of the three films will hit theaters, but we’re hoping we get to see “Much Ado About Nothing” before the end of the year.

For those of you who need a quick refresher, Whedon filmed “Much Ado” in just 12 days during his vacation time after he wrapped “The Avengers.” (He was supposed to go to Italy, but screw that.) Whedon called upon his circle of friends and television show regulars like Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Sean Maher, Fran Kranz, Nathan Fillion and even Clark Gregg to bring the adaptation to the big screen. This take on William Shakespeare’s beloved comedy is set in the modern day and was filmed on location at Whedon’s house.

It’s worth noting that Lionsgate also distributed “Cabin in the Woods,” which Whedon co-wrote and produced.

“We’re so happy to once again be working with Joss Whedon after our great experience on ‘Cabin in the Woods.’ Who else can tackle horror, superheroes and Shakespeare all in one year?” Lionsgate president of acquisitons and co-productions Jason Constantine told THR. “We look forward to working closely with Bellwether Pictures to help audiences discover this wonderful and timeless comedy.”

Are you looking forward to finally seeing “Much Ado About Nothing”? 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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