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Cannes: Marie, darling, you’re looking a bit peaky.

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"It's not too much, is it?"
The "Marie Antoinette" premiere is happening as we speak on the Cannes Cam; meanwhile, early word is mixed (when is it not?) regarding Sofia Coppola‘s latest effort. Jeffrey Wells notes that the crowd booed, and suggests that "This will certainly rank as a stain upon Coppola’s reputation, as she has arguably made the shallowest and dullest historical biopic of all time."

At the Hollywood Reporter, Kirk Honeycutt is far more generous to the film, and does point out that:

This is not a portrait, even though it is based on Antonia Fraser’s biography "Marie Antoinette: The Journey," that will play well in France. Here she is a favorite villainess. Nor will the film be an easy sell in other territories, where Coppola’s contemporary sensibilities and dialogue may feel anachronistic. The film certainly is far afield from her popular "Lost in Translation" even though both films concern characters that suffer anxiety and ennui from cultural dislocation.

HR‘s Anne Thompson at the Risky Biz blog calls it "a delightful if slightly guilty pleasure for me… [It] is a little light on its feet. Any critic demanding intellectual content will wind up hungry for nourishment. I suspect that this will play best for young women. My 16-year-old daughter will LOVE it."

At Nerve, Mike D’Angelo writes that

Coppola’s basic idea here is at once simple and remarkably poignant: She makes us feel the bewilderment and alienation of a young girl ejected from the world she’s always known and thrust into a position of great power and stifling regiment by taking bubbly, vivacious Kirsten Dunst — playing more or less the same wholly contemporary mall denizen we’ve seen in films like "Bring It On" and "Elizabethtown" — and trapping her in a stately historical drama. The result is something like "The Princess Diaries" as it might have been conceived by…well, by Sofia Coppola.

He ultimately likes the film, while acknowledging its flaws, but also notes that "I suspect that it may turn out to be as divisive as ‘Southland Tales,’ albeit in a different way — instead of inspiring 95% loathing and 5% euphoria, ‘Marie Antoinette’ may split audiences evenly between ‘pretty good’ and ‘pretty lame.’ "

Todd McCarthy at Variety sums the film up as fluffy eye-candy, while at Reuters, Mike Collett-White details the unfriendly reactions of the French press to the film. And at the LA Times, Kenneth Turan interviews Coppola.

+ Blood of a Lady (Hollywood Elsewhere)
+ Marie Antoinette (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Borad, Babel, Marie Antoinette at Cannes (Rizky Biz)
+ Let them totally eat cake (Nerve)
+ Marie Antoinette (Variety)
+ Cool French reaction to Sofia Coppola’s "Antoinette" (Reuters)
+ Royal lineage (LA Times)

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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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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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