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Odds: Tuesday — Too much thrusting.

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Kevin Bacon, Rachel Blanchard and Colin Firth get thrustyAtom Egoyan‘s latest, "Where the Truth Lies," which stars Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth and generated an "okay" to "eh" response when it premiered at Cannes this year, has been slapped with an NC-17 for the threesome that is apparently the film’s narrative center. Distributor ThinkFilm, who planned to release the film in NY/LA on October 14, are planning on challenging the rating. "I just heard the deciding factor could be thrusting. Apparently, anything over three thrusts and you’re in trouble," Egoyan said. Via the Guardian.

In the Times of London, Andrew Robinson, whose book "Satyajit Ray : A Vision of Cinema" will be available in the US October 7, discusses meeting the great Indian director and traveling to Calcutta to cover the production of 1984’s "The Home and the World." Meanwhile, at Rediff, Raja Sen launches into the first of a three-part feature on cinematic depictions of India’s First War of Independence in 1857.. Sen’s film of choice? Satyajit Ray’s 1977 "The Chess Players."

Dan Zak at the Washington Post looks into the mysterious (career) disappearance of the five kids who made "The Blair Witch Project" ("the most profitable movie of all time," according to Zak, though others have made the same claim) and reassures us that they’ll likely never be successful again:

Currently, [Eduardo] Sanchez and [Gregg] Hale are in Orlando editing "Altered," a Haxan feature about four rednecks who capture an alien as payback for their own abduction, with [Robin] Cowie and [Michael] Monello producing. They plan to construct an Internet mythology around the film (sound familiar?) to entice a following and allow for sequels, video games and comic book adaptations.

In October, [Daniel] Myrick begins shooting "Solstice," an indie he says will hark back to elemental horror films like "Rosemary’s Baby" and "The Shining." His current project is "The Strand," a series produced by his solo banner, Gearhead Pictures, and streamed on the Internet in "webisodes," 30-minute slices-of-life about the denizens of Venice Beach.

Geoff Pevere in the Toronto Star elaborates on this summer’s insidious trend: too much backstory. After much drippy sarcasm he comes upon a rather ingenious term for this tendency towards overexplanation of motivation: it’s the sled. You know which one we’re talking about. We’re not quite ready to commit yet, but we’re a little infatuated with this one, e.g. "Why is Elijah Wood‘s character so sad that he mopes around in the center of the frame for much of the movie? I could have used more sled there." Or: "The director hopes that we’ll be suitably intrigued by exotically lit strippers and animal smuggling, so the film remains emigmatic until we get to the total sled of an ending, when everyone’s motivations are tied up neatly in what doesn’t seem until later a cheap shot."

Oddity: this bit of near Chris Cunningham-ish viral video, pushing Joss Whedon’s "Serenity." Via Fimoculous.

+ Movie’s thrust upsets censor (Guardian)
+ Ray of light still shines in the dark (Times of London)
+ Revisiting 1857: Satyajit Ray’s vision (Rediff)
+ A Potent Spell’s Slow-Acting Aftereffect (Washington Post)
+ New flicks can’t abide loose ends (Toronto Star)
+ Session 416 [2005] (IFILM)


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.