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Odds: Monday – the Korean Brad Pitt, Depardieu not drunk.

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"Oh, he's the Korean Brad Pitt!"Roger Ebert‘s at the Hawaii International Film Festival (yeah, alright for some). The dispatch is pretty cute:

I went to see the Korean film "Bittersweet Life" and found the
street in front of the theater blocked by screaming fans of the star
Byung-hun Lee. By the time I’d fought my way to the door, an ambulance
had arrived to cart away a fan who had fainted. In the old days, no one
screamed or fainted at Hawaii, except at the movies.

"Tell me about him," I asked two ladies in front of me, after he
was introduced and approximately 500 teenage girls with digital cameras
stormed the stage.

"Oh, he’s the Korean Brad Pitt!" one said.

"He’s bigger than that!" said the other one. "He’s the American Brad Pitt!"

Also up on Ebert’s site is an amazing exchange on "Doom," which, honestly, if we had a spare second we’d rush down to the theaters to see, because every aspect of that film sets off our highly attuned GoodBad Movie Radar. Money quote: "’Doom’ was to games what ‘Rashomon’ was to movies."

Speaking of the GoodBad Movie, David Poland devotes a Hot Button column to the fact that truly terrible films are as hard to find as truly great ones, and posts his hopes for the next great GBM, with an eye on November 23.

Via the AP, Gerard Depardieu says he’s retiring, and swears it’s not the booze talking: "I’m a guy who’s leaving! A guy who’s not drunk. For once."

Gary Susman at Entertainment Weekly counts down the ten actors most likely to be paired with women ridiculously younger than them, and even calculates the average age gap.

David Thomson at the Independent finds "Good Night, and Good Luck" cause to dwell on the time when everyone used to smoke it films, and it looked fantastic, but then again, so did everyone in the film:

You didn’t deserve to be in a movie unless you were beautiful, or unless your look had that dramatic emphasis, not quite the opposite of beautiful, but villainous.

And there’s a new issue of Bright Lights film journal up online. Articles we will read first, when we have a moment: John C. Turner on "The Guardian," Tom Sutpen on "The Innocents," Alan Vanneman on "Domino" (slug: "Too Dumb to Write About? Not Entirely!"), Boris Trbic talking to Fruit Chan about "Dumplings" (yes!) and Dan Callahan on Joel McCrea.

+ Aloha fest comes into its own (
+ Critics vs. gamers on ‘Doom’ (
+ October 28, 2005 (The Hot Button)

+ Depardieu Says He’s Ending Career
+ Age Before Beauty (Entertainment Weekly)
+ Imagine asking Bogie to extinguish his smoke… (Independent)
+ Issue 50 (Bright Lights Film Journal)


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.