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It's a touch fascist-looking, but still, nothing we'd kick out of bed.The line-up of of the 62nd Venice Film Festival was announced today. A decent mix this time round — festival director Marco Muller is, to quote Variety, "an Asian specialist" (that just sound naughty to us for some reason), and he’s picked Asian films to open (Tsui Hark‘s wuxia epic "Seven Swords") and close (Peter Chan’s "Perhaps Love") the fest this year.

In competition:

Pupi Avati‘s "La seconda notte di nozze" (Italy)

João Botelho‘s "O Fatalista" (Portugal/France)

Laurent Cantet‘s "Vers le sud" (France/Canada)

Patrice Chéreau‘s "Gabrielle" (France/Italy)

George Clooney‘s "Goodnight and Good Luck" (USA)

Cristina Comencini‘s "La bestia nel cuore" (Italy)

Roberto Faenza‘s "I giorni dell’abbandono" (Italy)

Abel Ferrara‘s "Mary" (Italy/USA)

Philippe Garrel‘s "Les Amants réguliers" (France/Italy)

Aleksey German Jr.‘s "Garpastum" (Russia)

Terry Gilliam‘s "The Brothers Grimm" (UK)

Stanley Kwan‘s "Changhen ge" (China/Hong Kong)

Ang Lee‘s "Brokeback Mountain" (Canada)

John Madden‘s "Proof" (UK/USA)

Fernando Meirelles"The Constant Gardener" (UK/Kenya/Germany)

Manoel de Oliveira‘s "Espelho magico" (Portugal)

Park Chan-wook‘s "Chinjeolhan Geumjasshi (Sympathy for Lady Vengeance)" (Korea)

John Turturro‘s "Romance and Cigarettes" (USA)

Krzysztof Zanussi‘s "Persona non grata" (Poland/Russia/Italy)

Much promising stuff, particularly Garrel (who’ll be directing his son, Louis Garrel, for the first time); the Clooney film (his directorial debut, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," had much potential, even if it wasn’t actually that great); the Park Chan-wook, yes; the Ferrera, who’s been in a sort of multi-decade funk, but who also managed to cast Juliette Binoche in this one; and of course Ang Lee’s gay cowboys in love excursion, which we’ve been dying to see since, like, forever.

Still unannounced retrospective programs include "The Secret History of Chinese Cinema," "The Secret History of Italian Cinema," and "The Secret History of Japanese Cinema." Among those in the "Horizons" sidebar:  Matthew Barney‘s "Drawing Restraint 9," Werner Herzog‘s "The Wild Blue Yonder," and Liev Schreiber‘s Jonathan Safran Foer adaptation "Everything is Illuminated."

Tons of high profile world premieres among the Out of Competition screenings: the aforementioned "Seven Swords" and "Perhaps Love," Tim Burton‘s "The Corpse Bride," Cameron Crowe‘s "Elizabethtown," Lasse Hallström‘s "Cassanova" (with Heath Ledger), and Steven Soderbergh‘s "Bubble," the first of the super-cheap HD films he’s doing for Mark Cuban’s 2929 Entertainment. Not premieres but nevertheless big deals: Andrew Lau and Alan Mak‘s hit adaptation of the old-school anime "Initial D," Takashi Miike‘s kids movie "Yokai daisenso,".

Annnnnnnd… they’re giving Hayao Miyazaki the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

+ La Biennale di Venezia – Program (Official Site)


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…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.