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Odds: Wednesday – Jack and Bobby.

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"I do like company when I have it. That's always exhilarating."
Just a few things, as we’re late to a dinner (and it’s quiet today — ahhhhh).

Trailer of the day: For Emilio Estevez‘s "Bobby," here.

Jack Nicholson gets the cover of Rolling Stone, and yes, we’re in awards season after all. Erik Hedegaard profiles the man:

Lots of things are reverberating into the past around Jack Nicholson these days. For instance, the dildo-in-a-porno-theater scene he thought up for his new movie The Departed. The roots of it, you could argue, reach back twenty-five years, to 1981, when he was making The Postman Always Rings Twice, with Jessica Lange — a highly sexed-up piece that nonetheless features no nudity whatsoever. Jack, however, was dead set on making it "one of the naughtiest movies" and decided that the solution lay in showing an erection — "this kind of bulging railer" — through his 1940s pleated pants. To that end, he asked director Bob Rafelson to craft him a conventional prosthetic, but no one took him seriously, so when the day to shoot the scene arrived, he found himself empty-handed and irritated. Said Rafelson, "Well, jeez, if you’re so red-hot about this, go upstairs and see what you can do there." And so Jack did, "whipping away," he says, until he realized that some things were beyond even him.

Via Army Archerd, the Pang brothers’ Nicholas Cage-starring remake of their own 1999 film "Bangkok Dangerous" has temporarily stopped filming after the minor hassle of, oh, a military coup. "The film’s scenes
required the principal, Cage, to be ‘armed’ in a scene for his role as
an American hired assassin. The filmmakers thought it wise to have him
and his ‘weapon’ off the street at this time."

Via Nicole Sperling at the Hollywood Reporter, Bennett Miller (of "Capote") will next direct "The Immortalist":

The project, which has yet to be written, is a
"character-driven drama set in the emerging world of life extension."
Details of the plot are still under wraps, but Miller describes it as
"not a science fiction film … (but) a drama set in the very real
world of those pursuing biological immortality." He adds: "It’s a
pursuit that attracts some extremely brilliant, wealthy and influential
people. It also attracts tragic figures. This story follows one such
person on his disturbing foray into it."

Damn. We were really hoping he was having a "The Fountain"/"Southland Tales" moment.

Wendy Ide at the London Times reports on why it’s so great that Zooey Deschanel will be playing Janis Joplin.

And at the New York Times, Robin Pogrebin talks to Ric Burns about his four-hour "Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film."

+ Trailer: Bobby (Yahoo)
+ Jack Nicholson: A Singular Guy (Rolling Stone)
+ Movie on hold in Bangkok (ArmyArcherd.com)
+ ‘Immortalist’ finds home at Vantage (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Take another little piece of her art (London Times)
+ A Portrait of an Artist Both Loved and Hated (NY 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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