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Odds: Thursday – The low, the high, the middle.

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Edie and not-Bob.
At the New York Post‘s Page Six today, Sienna Miller‘s publicist poo-poos that cough-blatant publicity-grabbing plant of a-cough New York Daily News item rumoring that Miller and costar Hayden Christensen had real live sex during "Factory Girl"‘s bedroom scene. Ain’t that the rub — one week you’re an aspiring Oscar contender, the next you’re this decade’s "Wild Orchid."

At Salon, Sean Kennedy analyzes Rupert Everett‘s gossipy memoir "Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins," concluding that "Being typecast as gay is every actor’s worst nightmare, straight or gay, and against his better judgment, our narrator embraced it. Maybe that’s why Bass, Harris and Knight have gone out of their way to avoid the scarlet letter Q (or F, depending on who their costar is). And maybe that’s why Everett doesn’t analyze his lot in life: The truth of being an openly gay star is so obvious, and so painful."

In Artforum, J. Hoberman explores the territory of the "Sunshine Noirs," from "Sunset Boulevard" to "Inland Empire":

The same ancient belief in ghosts and secret forces and a similar sensation of time unmoored are evident in Lynch’s 2006 Inland Empire, which returns repeatedly to a ghost-ridden hotel and, among other things, involves the remake of an unfinished film. In this case, the script is haunted (“They discovered something inside the story . . . the two leads were murdered”) and so, apparently, is the set, where something seems to be lurking behind the flats. Does another Dahlia live somewhere in this seedy nightmare of sad, shabby rooms? There’s a trail of blood on Hollywood Boulevard by the time Inland Empire ends.

In the New York Review of Books, Ian Buruma takes on Clint Eastwood‘s twin war movies:

Eastwood is the first director, to my knowledge, who has made two films of the same battle, showing both sides from the perspective of individual soldiers with fully developed characters. Deftly, without polemics or heavy-handed messages, he has broken all the rules of the traditional patriotic war movie genre and created two superb films, one in English, the other in Japanese: Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. The latter, in my view, is a masterpiece.

And at the Onion AV Club, Noel Murray and Scott Tobias revisit the big screen/small screen debate.

+ Sad, but true, Hollywood story (Salon)
+ "A Bright, Guilty World" (Artforum)
+ Eastwood’s War (New York Review of Books)
+ Crosstalk: Do Movies Need To Be Seen On The Big Screen? (AV Club)

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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…

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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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