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“Whored out”? It is that time of year.

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"For instance, I look at you and I think 'what could I use you for?'"
Radar‘s Fresh Intelligence blog claims that Martin Scorsese, a six-time Best Director Academy Award nominee but never, as they say, a bride, "has requested that Warner Bros. not promote him for The Departed, the highest-grossing and, in the view of many critics, most audience-friendly film of his career."

A sudden attack of humility? Not exactly. Rather, according to sources, Scorcese was uncomfortable with the over-the-top stumping [Harvey] Weinstein did on his behalf for Gangs of New York and The Aviator. Notorious within the industry for running no-holds-barred, if wildly successful, Oscar campaigns (as we touched upon last week), Weinstein’s efforts left Scorsese feeling "whored out," says one studio source.

Weinstein may have lost his magic moviepimp touch — despite his efforts, "Bobby" hovers in a buzzless vacuum.

Elsewhere on the Oscar circuit, Greg Braxton at the LA Times adds another Jennifer Hudson-is-so-so-so-going-to-win-an-Oscar-for-"Dreamgirls" piece to the pile. More interesting is Craig Modderno at the New York Times on the surprising talk of Eddie Murphy‘s supporting role in the film being awards-worthy, if his habit of burning through amicable working relationships doesn’t hold him back:

“Eddie’s got a lot of anger, which I still don’t understand, but I’m not the only one,” [John] Landis said in an interview. “I could tell you horror stories about how late Eddie was to the set, how he wouldn’t do line readings off camera with his fellow actors and how rude he was to other actors. He’s not a happy person, as you know. On ‘Coming to America,’ he said to me, ‘We won’t be friends, but we’ll finish the film.’ ”

During a press conference in New York to promote “Coming to America,” Mr. Murphy was asked if he would ever work with Mr. Landis again. Without hesitation, he said: “Vic Morrow has a better chance of working with Landis than I do.” Despite that reference to Morrow, who died in an accident during the shooting of the segment Mr. Landis directed for the “Twilight Zone” movie, Mr. Murphy and Mr. Landis went on to do “Beverly Hills Cop III” together.

The AP reports that "Cars" and "Flushed Away" each got nine Annie Award nominations: "The winner of the Annie Awards has gone on to claim the Oscar for animated feature every year since the Academy Award for animation was created." Nick Holdsworth at Hollywood Reporter writes that Germany’s "The Lives of Others" was named film of the year at the 19th European Film Academy awards in Warsaw, Poland. Surprising, given "Volver"‘s popularity — Almodóvar‘s film did picks up five wins, including best director and best actress (for Penelope Cruz). We were dramatically underwhelmed by "The Lives of Others," but we could see it scooping the Best Foreign Film Oscar from "Volver" because it’s about Serious Historical Themes. The Hollywood Reporter‘s Anne Thompson had a pre-win chat with the director, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.

At indieWIRE, Eugene Hernandez reports that Pernille Rose Gronkjaer‘s "The Monastery: Mr. Vig & the Nun" won the award for best documentary at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

+ Scorsese Nixes Oscar Blitz (Radar)
+ Eddie Murphy Inspires Oscar Buzz. Seriously. (NY Times)
+ And I am telling you… (LA Times)
+ DreamWorks scores most Annie Awards nods (AP)
+ ‘Others’ tops all others at EFA awards (Hollywood Reporter)
+ ‘Others’ filmmaker revels in magic hour (Hollywood Reporter)
+ On the Brink of Change, 19th Annual Amsterdam Doc Fest Wraps; "The Monastery" and "We Are Together" Win Top Prizes (indieWIRE)


Final Countdown

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


Rev Up

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.


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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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…