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“Edison Force” and other bits.

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A pairing for the ages.
"Edison Force," Justin Timberlake‘s acting debut, comes out on DVD today, having bypassed theaters entirely. It’s an ignominious end for a title that, as Natalie Finn at E! Online reminds us, was the closing night film at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, and whose cast includes Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman and LL Cool J.

Then again, it’s generally considered to be a mightily mediocre stinker (if it had been truly awful, it would have probably made it into theaters after all, bad press being better than none). Amusingly, the trade critics called this one way out: reviewing it at TIFF, the Hollywood Reporter‘s Michael Rechtshaffen mused that

Coming after the screenings of so many high-profile, awards-season
contenders, it would seem like an odd choice, but given a cast that
includes Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, LL Cool J, Dylan McDermott, Cary
Elwes
and a nonsinging, nondancing Justin Timberlake in his feature
acting debut, it probably made perfect sense to the party planners.

For most everyone else, this Millennium Films
presentation’s domestic best bet likely will be as a DVD rental, though
those big names alone will ensure international interest.

And Scott Foundas at Variety wrote "Its high-profile (and inexplicable) slot as Toronto’s closing night gala notwithstanding, ‘Edison’ should be coming soon to a cable channel and a video store near you."

Elsewhere, John Hooper at the Guardian reports that an angry mob of Florentines stormed a train station in the city and sat on the rails in an attempt to block north-south rail traffic through Italy, all at the behest of…Franco Zeffirelli? The "Romeo and Juliet" director, an ardent supporter of Florence’s Fiorentina football club, was angered by the stiff penalty given to the club as a result of Italy’s recent football scandal.

Franco Zeffirelli, who received an honorary knighthood from the Queen two years ago, had earlier appealed to his fellow Fiorentina supporters to "cut [Italy] in half" as a protest against punishments meted out to their club by a tribunal set up to judge claims of match-fixing…

He hinted that, if the punishment of his side were not revoked, the Florentines might think of taking even more drastic steps. "Closing the museums for a while wouldn’t do any harm," he said.

The BBC has a list of 25 classics compiled by Andrew Collins of Radio Times as a "crash course" for aspiring film buffs. Collins takes an interestingly inclusive approach in his choices, including "Armageddon" on his list along with the most expected titles: "Snobbery does not belong to the film buff… To understand the 1980s/1990s blockbuster, you must accept producer Jerry Bruckheimer into your life. ‘Armageddon’ is the pinnacle of Bruckheimer excess."

And at the Hollywood Reporter, Gregg Goldstein claims that the casting for Ang Lee‘s next, "Lust, Caution," has been finalized, and that the leads will be, as rumored, Tony Leung and film newcomer Tang Wei, along with (as previously announced) Taiwanese pop star Wang Lee Hom.

Also, indieWIRE turned 10 — congrats!

+ Timberlake Film Fizzles (E! Online)
+ Edison (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Edison (Variety)
+ Football fans block railway line after Zeffirelli call to arms (Guardian)
+ Casablanca is buffs’ ‘must-see’ (BBC)
+ Ang Lee finds stars for World War II thriller (Hollywood Reporter)
+ First Person: indieWIRE @ 10, And Counting… (indieWIRE)

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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…