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Every turkey has its Thanksgiving.

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On the set of "Atanarjuat."
So pass the cranberry sauce, because it turns out we’re headed to SXSW after all. Drop us a line if you’ll be there and feel like saying hi.

At indieWIRE, Eugene Hernandez reports that "The Journals of Knud Rasmussen," from "Atanarjuat"‘s Norman Cohn and Zacharias Kunuk, will be the opening night film of the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. Charles Masters at the Hollywood Reporter writes that "Paris, je t’aime," the anthology film made up of 20 shorts from 20 prominent directors (one for each arrondissement) will be kicking off the Un Certain Regard sidebar at Cannes this year — we (along with doubtless everyone else in the world) have been eyeing this one for ages, as the cast and filmmaker list encompasses every single prominent indie/foreign film talent that has ever existed (and, warping space and time, some that don’t yet exist). Has anyone ever made a good anthology film? Who cares?! Let’s hear it for quantity over quality.

At the New York Observer, Scott Eyman‘s review of George Stevens Jr.’s "Conversations with the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood’s Golden Age" is really an (ever-so-slightly crabby but nevertheless worth reading) excuse to muse on the days when filmmakers were idealistic in their approach to film:

But their great-grandchildren were nurtured in a pop culture that values … what, exactly? Money? Notice ascending toward fame? If the paradigmatic director of the studio period was a happy studio craftsman like George Cukor, who could manage to make even mediocre material radiate concision and class, and who could tailor quality material into something fit for entertaining generations yet unborn, then the paradigmatic director of today would be a happy hack like Doug Liman ("Mr. & Mrs. Smith"), excreting unamusingly grubby commercial movies with ridiculous pretensions in a business that makes no economic sense.

Of course, all fond backward looking aside, Mr. Eyman, you can hardly say that kids these days are falling over themselves to rip a copy of "Adam’s Rib" to their video iPods. At the Toronto Star, a similarly nostalgic Geoff Pevere writes about Henry Fonda, John Wayne and the lost art of body language (lost along with the long take, he would have it).

And Will Self in the Independent calls John Hillcoat‘s rather good "The Proposition" "a proposition about what an Australian Western might be, rather than a revision of something that really never was."

+ "The Journals of Knud Rasmussen" To Kick-Off Toronto’s 2006 Festival  (indieWIRE)
+ Cannes in love with "Paris" (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Modest, Idealistic Filmmakers—But All That Was Long Ago (NY Observer)
+ The Proposition: Bringing the revisionist Western to the Australian outback
(Independent)

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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.

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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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