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Robert Altman winds it down.

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Keillor, Streep, Lohan.
Robert Altman‘s "A Prairie Home Companion" has been charming the critics at Berlin, though one has to wonder how much of that is influenced by the fact that this may well be the last film from the soon-to-be 81-year-old director. Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks at indieWIRE:

Not that any of those who cheered "Prairie" here at the Berlinale are hoping Altman will stop directing, but his age — he will turn 81 years old next week — was an issue for the backers of this latest feature. Paul Thomas Anderson was hired as a back-up director and had to be on set whenever Altman was, just in case.

"Because I am so old and ancient," Altman explained yesterday at an evening press conference, "In order to get insurance we had to have a stand by director — they thought they’d have a better picture if I croaked and P.T.A., Paul Thomas Anderson, took over" But, praising his understudy, Altman said of Anderson, "He couldn’t have been more helpful and less intrusive – a great deal of the film is due to him."

Kirk Honeycutt at the Hollywood Reporter muses that "Not since Woody Allen‘s ‘Radio Days’ has anyone created such a cinematic Valentine to the wonderfully imaginative medium of radio…Garrison Keillor, impresario, creator and host of one of radio’s longest running programs — 31 years and counting — and director Robert Altman are a match made in heaven." And Todd McCarthy at Variety is fond too, though he does point out that "The specter of death, or at least the end of something, hovers over the enterprise, but in the lightest possible way, as if to ignore it — as [Garrison Keillor’s character] ignores the theater’s impending doom — is the only possible policy."

An odd elegy, if so. David Hudson at Greencine Daily is happy just to revisit Altman’s distinctive cinematic world, but ultimately finds that the film is "an amusing 100 minutes, ranking neither with the best nor the worst of Altman’s work."

Picturehouse has attached a June 9 release date to "Companion" — we’ve never been particularly fond of Keillor ("Stupid TV! Be more funny!") but who can pass up a chance to see Meryl Streep pretend she gave birth to Lindsay Lohan?

+ Altman’s Latest, "Prairie"; Strand Gets "Sky"; Manson’s Movie; and Parties (indieWIRE)
+ A Prairie Home Companion (Hollywood Reporter)
+ A Prairie Home Companion (Variety)
+ Berlin Dispatch. 4. (Greencine Daily)

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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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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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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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