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Fall shows! Fall films!

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Hopeless PicturesHonestly, beloveds, we’re glad that summer’s in its wane. We’ve had enough steamy sidewalks and afternoon showers that are essentially the sky sweating. Bring on fall! We had to practically sell one of our kidneys on eBay to buy our current favorite pair of boots, it’s time we got to wear them.

Anyway, IFC’s introducing three original series this month: "Greg the Bunny," puppet parodies of films, which started off as a NYC public access show, went to IFC, left us for (sniff) Fox (as a sitcom with Eugene Levy and Seth Green), got canceled, is now back on IFC; "Hopeless Pictures," an animated show about being an indie film studio that features the voices of many Christopher Guest alums, including Michael McKean, Jennifer Coolidge, and Bob Balaban (who also directs); and "The Festival," a…fuck, what are we calling it?…"vérité satire" about an idealistic filmmaker debuting his first feature at a small festival. We bring it up because today through the 17th we have the premiere episodes of "Greg" and "Hopeless" up in their entirety online in downloadable Quicktime — you can watch "Greg" here, "Hopeless" here, and see a sneak preview of "The Festival" (we weren’t allowed to put it all online) here.

David Poland at The Hot Button has a wise, business-oriented run down of the films of fall: September and October are here and November and December are here. Lots of interesting stuff out there, particularly in the early fall before the awards season really kicks off. And, speaking of…

Martin Grove at the Hollywood Reporter starts in on this year’s Golden Globes/Oscars timetable (the year’s been thankfully free of awards talk thus far, particularly compared to last year, when it seemed to span the calendar and never let up), and covers some of the films he thinks are contenders. But as a side note, what is this?

"I really liken the Globes to the primaries in an election and the Oscars is the finals," one awards marketer told me in an off-the-record conversation. "It does really narrow down the field because there are many instances where the Globes didn’t give any nominations (to a film) and that was followed by the Academy."

Isn’t that the journalistic equivalent of "she made me swear not to tell anyone this…okay, so she was at this party…"? Not that it’s anything particularly salacious, and it is anonymous. Whatev.

+ Greg the Bunny (IFC)
+ Hopeless Pictures (IFC)
+ The Festival (IFC)
+ FALL PREVIEW – SEP/OCT (The Hot Button)
+ FALL PREVIEW – NOV/DEC (The Hot Button)
+ New timetable boosts Globe influence on Oscars (HR)


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…