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Festival goodness, badness.

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"The South by Southwest Film Festival has selected the North American premiere of Chan-wook Park‘s new film, "I’m a Cyborg, but That’s OK," to close the fest on March 17 in Austin, Texas," reports Dave McNary at Variety. We won’t be able to catch it, but still, squee.

Cannes president Gilles Jacob writes of "To Each His Cinema," the film commissioned to celebrate the 60th Festival de Cannes, consisting of three minutes segments from 33 directors:

The novelty of the form derives from its extreme division and the pleasant sweetness of its lightness. This writing does not depict a series of repetitions in theatres of astonishingly diverse appearance, but rather a series of improbable encounters – Wenders filmed in the Congo, Tsai Ming Liang in Kuala Lumpur and Cronenberg in the… toilets! No director had knowledge of the other fragments, or even synopses from his colleagues. They all accepted to discover them at the same time as the festival-goers themselves.

New Directors/New Films will open with novelist/director Paul Auster‘s "The Inner Life of Martin Frost," according to Brian Brooks at indieWIRE. Auster’s last film was 1998’s "Lulu on the Bridge." The films selected are, as always, a mix from around the world, but a few of the more recognizable titles include Julia Loktev‘s "Day Night Day Night," Andrea Arnold‘s "Red Road," and, fresh from Park City, "Padre Nuestro" (winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize), "The Great World of Sound," "Once" (winner of the Audience Award), and "War/Dance" (winner of the Directing Award).

At All These Wonderful Things, AJ Schnack recounts the furor over reports that "300" was booed at Berlin, an interesting cautionary tale about reporting reactions from a screening as indicative of a film’s quality, particularly is that screening is for press, who we all know are cold! and heartless! — or at least not a typical sampling of the moviegoing public, and certainly not consistent. We recall snickers (some from us) and a walk-out at a New York press screening of "The Nativity Story," while a colleague told us that in LA, people were crying.

This being said, Jennifer Lopez‘s "Bordertown," which was written and directed by Oscar nominated Gregory Nava (of "Selena"), was also reportedly booed, and without the backing of unexpectedly good reviews afterward. Those who like their schadenfreude can see photos of Lopez holding back tears at Der Spiegel.

At the London Times, James Christopher argues that "the wrong Chinese film walked off with the Golden Bear" — he would have preferred Li Yu‘s "Ping Guo" to winner "Tuya De Hun Shi," and sighs that "the best films were sadly not in competition, or they were fobbed off with lesser prizes."

+ SXSW ‘OK’ for Park pic’s preem (Variety)
+ TO EACH HIS OWN CINEMA, the film to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Festival de Cannes (Festival-Cannes.fr)

+ "Martin Frost" and "Glue" to Open 36th New Directors/New Film Series (indieWIRE)
+ When Blogs Attack: Did 300 Really Get Booed in Berlin? (All These Wonderful Things)
+ Jennifer Lopez Feels Lo at the Berlinale (Der Spiegel)
+ Is it grim? Then Bear it (London Times)

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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 IFC.com

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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.

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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…