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Hell, you try mushing the news into categories every day — sometimes it works, sometimes…not so much.

Kim Ki-tae in the Korea Times writes that all references to North Korea have been omitted from the Korean edition of "Stealth," including scenes showing the North Korean flag and map, a direct reference to the country by Sam Shepard’s character ("intentionally replaced…with a vague expression meaning ‘a country with no diplomatic
ties with the United States’"), and a few lines of Korean from soldiers chasing down Jessica Biel. Kim cites an anonymous source at Sony Pictures who says "It was done in order to avoid stirring up any unnecessary emotions
while the two Koreas are making efforts toward reconciliation."

Isn’t it cute that they worried? If the box office reception to the movie in Korea proves anything like the one it got here, Sony has stepped up to shield tens of people from its own inane ultra-aggro militarism. Heartwarming.

Mark Russell in the New York Times details the rise of the Seoul-based Real Fantastic Film Festival (aka RealFanta) from the ashes of the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (aka PiFan) (and also still around, so the whole phoenix metaphor is a bit inappropriate). When the mayor of Puchon fired PiFan’s festival director Kim Hong Joon because, as according to his office, "it was displeased with PiFan’s emphasis on strange fare, which it described as inappropriate for families," Kim launched RealFanta as a rival festival that, with little money and no government support, still managed to pull in 60 films and 11,400 attendees.

Also in the New York Times, Alexandra A. Seno interviews Royston Tan, "the bad boy of Singapore film," director of "15" and the upcoming "4:30."

"All my relatives wanted me to do something else," Mr. Tan said. "They said, ‘Do something normal!’ I told them, ‘Give me three years to prove myself.’"

Now they are all glad they left him alone, he said. With the success of "15," Mr. Tan said, his parents have retired from their jobs working at food stalls.

And in the Japan Times, Mark Schilling reviews Nobuhiro Yamashita’s "Linda Linda Linda," about four schoolgirls in a band preparing for their school-festival. The film’s soundtrack was composed by ex-Smashing Pumpkin James Iha.

+ NK References Taken Out in ‘Stealth’
(Korea Times)
+ From the Ashes of a Korean Film Festival, a Competitor Is Born (NY Times)
+ On the Set With Singapore’s Not-So-Dangerous Bad Boy (NY Times)
+ A little ditty that stays in your head (Japan Times)

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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.

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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…

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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.

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