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Behind the Bat.

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061305_batmanIn honor of Wednesday’s "Batman Begins" release, Newsday‘s John Anderson (found off MCN) speaks to various psychologists about whether or not Batman is mentally ill, and invites them to speculate on what mental illness he might have. MTV gets past Batmen Adam West and Michael Keaton to give advice to Christian Bale on donning the cowl and all:

There is one essential accessory, however, that West reminds Bale to
pack whenever loading up the utility belt for an adventure: Shark
Repellent Bat-Spray. "Yes, the shark was rubber," West admitted of the
memorable scene in his 1966 movie, which had him spraying and hitting a
hilariously fake not-so-Great White clinging to his leg. "Some of the
guys on the set said, ‘You can’t hit the shark like that, because it
just sounds like rubber.’ And I said, ‘Keep it, make it sound the way
it is,’ because later it explodes anyway, and really it was kind of the
feel, the tenor of the show to have a rubber shark on his leg, and not
a real one."

Marc Lee in the Telegraph is gleeful about how little CGI is in the movie. He attributes the empty feel of the new "Star Wars" trilogy to an enormous overdose of CGI, which we’d agree with, but only because Lucas neglected story, pacing, dialog and acting in favor of gorgeous computer-generated backdrops.

The London Times‘ Martyn Palmer talks to director Christopher Nolan about how his Batman will be the most realistic, least frilly of them all, while Gerard Jones digs into the murky history of Batman’s original comic book creators.

And in the Guardian, John Patterson has a somewhat snide piece on Hollywood’s current obsession with the origin stories and adolescence of superheroes. He goes on to say that the obvious next steps are the "’missing’ 17 years" of Jesus, and George W.’s feckless youth. Yes, v. funny, John. But we’d like to suggest that perhaps the infallible, wise, black/white moralistic full grown hero has no appeal to us, even in the escapist world of summer films…considering the times, maybe we just like to see even fantastical figures doubting and learning from mistakes.

+ Is he really batty? (Newsday)
+ New Batman Gets Advice From Adam West, Michael Keaton (MTV)
+ The computers that ate Hollywood (Telegraph)
+ Christopher Nolan: bringing the bat back (Times)
+ Behind the mask (Times)
+ The wonder years (Guardian)


Final Countdown

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


Rev Up

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.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…