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Odds: Thursday – “Factory” gal, cyborg kisses.

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"Park Chan-wook has said that he hates male-female 'contact.'"
Trailers: One for Guy Ritchie-esque "Smokin’ Aces," from Joe Carnahan of "Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane," here. One for "Factory Girl," which features Sienna Miller in biopic hysterics and Guy Pearce doing Andy Warhol in the style of Kevin Spacey (it’s a little spooky) here.

Nicole Sperling at Hollywood Reporter writes that Peter Weir is in talks to direct a film based on Robert Kurson’s "Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Discovered Hitler’s Lost Sub."

"Shadow Divers" revolves around two of the world’s foremost deep-sea wreck divers who discover a sunken U-boat 60 miles off the coast of New Jersey. Despite considerable danger, the young divers risk their lives in their obsession to identify the submarine over the period of six years.

Sundance will open with the world premiere of Brett Morgen‘s "Chicago 10," "a new documentary about the 1968 protests around the Democratic convention in Chicago," according to Eugene Hernandez at indieWIRE.

Chosun Ilbo picks three of the season’s "Great Kisses." First up is one from Park Chan-wook‘s "I’m a Cyborg, But That’s Okay," which hasn’t opened yet in Korea:

In what seemed to be a response to the actors’ insistence, Park regularly yelled, “Make it stronger.” “The problem was not tuning up the levels right. The director wanted it devouringly strong,” Rain said. “Lim’s dentures should have been changed…” (The two characters engage in a kiss that ends up with their false teeth falling into the other’s mouth.) “Anyway you can confirm it for yourself in the movie,” the reverberations of the moment are still there. This is like no other kiss in the movies. But the kiss meant nothing more than a charge for Lim’s character, who thinks she is a cyborg.”

Well, it sounds interesting, at least.

Film Threat posts its annual "Frigid 50" list. After all these years, we still don’t have any idea what that means to them.

In the LA Weekly, Ella Taylor profiles Alan Bennett, the director of the rather good "The History Boys":

The History Boys is also wonderfully astute and tolerant of the nonchalantly homoerotic culture of the single-sex school. (The intensely private Bennett, who lives with his partner of 14 years, Rupert Thomas, a Condé Nast interior-design magazine editor 30 years younger than he is, only came out publicly in Untold Stories, which — after a bout with colon cancer that doctors gave him only a 50 percent chance of surviving — he thought would be published posthumously.) Just as Hector’s boys take his clumsy gropings in stride, we laughed our heads off, with the usual schoolgirl cocktail of fondness and cruelty, at the gym mistress who told us to turn round three times in the post-hockey shower, and watched avidly as we did. I don’t recall a single one of us who felt “violated.”

Steve Rose at the Guardian interviews/fears Isabelle Huppert. And Kevin Maher at the London Times talks to Barbara Broccoli, keeper of the Bond franchise.

Update: We put a link below but didn’t actually write anything about it — Stu‘s piece on the Village Voice that is and was is a great read, if very diplomatic. And Nathan Lee’s quote says more about life as a writer these days than anything else: "I’ve never had a staff position before. I’ve never had health benefits in my entire adult life. Dental care, health care, none of it. I have that now. So we can talk about the reputation of the New Times and the drama and the horror of the things they’ve done, but I have a job to do: I see movies and I write about them. For me it’s very simple, and for other people it’s not. I anticipate getting some flak for taking this job, but it’s just a job. I review movies. It’s what I do for a living."

+ Trailer: Smokin’ Aces (Apple)
+ Trailer: Factory Girl (Moviefone)
+ Weir dives into Fox’s ‘Shadow’ (HR)
+ PARK CITY ’07 | Morgen’s "Chicago 10" to Open 2007 Sundance Film Festival (indieWIRE)

+ The Season’s Great Movie Kisses (Chosun Ilbo)
+ Apt Pupil (LA Weekly)
+ Unspeakable acts (Guardian)
+ How Bond got the kiss of life (London Times)
+ The Voice in the Wilderness
(The Reeler)

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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.


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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