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Interviews: Glover, Clowes, Bernal.

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No, seriously -- what is it?
We know everyone and their mother has read this already, but still: Keith Brammer‘s interview with one Crispin Hellion Glover at the Onion AV Club on "What Is It?", self distribution and the state of indie film is solid gold. Weird, weird gold.

One of the reasons I made the film in this fashion is that films right now sit within the boundaries of what’s considered good and evil. And if a filmmaker wants to make or distribute a film which has elements in it that go beyond good and evil, where there is not a commentary on those elements, those films will not get funded or distributed.

At the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Kimberly Chun has a long chat with Daniel Clowes about art school and "Art School Confidential."

"If I watch a comedy, after about an hour I just want it to end," Clowes says. And it was a cinch for the screenwriter and coproducer to get in touch with that old art-school anger and alienation. "That’s always there," he continues. "Being a cartoonist, except for the last couple years, was always a frustrating and humiliating field to be in. It was so impressed on me already — none of the big successes of last five years have any meaning for me. It hasn’t changed a thing. ‘Oh, I’m in the New York Times‘ — it doesn’t help. My resentment was so deep for so long that I can’t shake it.

"Look at Charles Schulz," he adds. "The most successful cartoonist in the history of the medium had over $200 million when he died, and the most beloved cartoonist of all time, and he was still bitter about slights when he was a young guy, when people didn’t give him a break. I can absolutely relate to that."

In the Independent, Chris Sullivan talks to Gael Garcia Bernal about "The King," while at the Telegraph, the film’s director James Marsh discusses with David Gritten how Bernal’s early commitment to the film helped get it made. And at the London Times, Garth Pearce interviews another of "The King"’s stars: Laura Harring (who’s almost unrecognizable in the film — she sort of makes herself into Jeanne Tripplehorn in "Big Love").

At the Observer, Lynn Barber profiles Ray Winstone, and writes that his new film "All in the Game" "is remarkable for having the highest expletive count of any film I have ever seen." At the Guardian, Xan Brooks‘ talks with eternal character actor Luiz Guzmán:

Guzman is so good at melting into the warp and woof of a production that he can sometimes be overlooked, or confused with others. The press material for his latest film, for instance, misspells his surname (as "Guizman"). When I ask what movie he is most identified with he tells me it is "Ghost." It’s not that he was actually in "Ghost," he explains. It’s just that people tend to mix him up with Rick Aviles, another actor of Puerto Rican descent.

At the Independent, Geoffrey Macnab stops in with Kieslowski muse Irène Jacob:

Kieslowski, she says, refused to discuss the underlying themes of the film ["The Double Life Of V̩ronique"] with her. "That would have meant speaking about metaphysics and chance and doubles. He told me that because the film could be taken on such a poetic level we had to be very concrete. For him, metaphysics and chance was something always there in banal, everyday life Рa piece of light, the rain," she recalls.

And at New York, Liesl Schillinger has a Q&A with "Wah-Wah" writer/director Richard E. Grant.


+ Crispin Glover
(Onion AV Club)
+ The class struggle of Daniel Clowes (SF Bay Guardian)
+ Gael Garcia Bernal: Journeys of the soul (Independent)
+ How a star kept our film on the road (Telegraph)
+ Living in a material world (London Times)
+ ‘I had to keep kissing Angelina Jolie’ (Observer)
+ Accidental actor (Guardian)
+ Irène Jacob: The picture of innocence (Independent)
+ African Boyhood: Richard E. Grant (New York)

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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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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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