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Odds: Tuesday – Love, vindication, revisitation.

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Lookey here.
A subtitled trailer for Lars von Trier‘s new comedy "The Boss of It All" is up here (thanks, Twitch). This is the first film in which von Trier makes use of Automavision, a computer that essentially takes the place of a camera operator, deciding when to tilt, pan or zoom. It’s also the first to contain the infamous lookeys, a "game" in which one is supposed to look for visual clues that are out of context, based on systems that are unique to each film. "To decipher the system is part of the challenge," according to the site, and that, for us, puts to rest any doubt about von Trier’s misanthropy.

Clive Owen is the new face of Lancôme’s male skin care line? Meh. But Wong Kar-wai is directing his commercials?

The advert for the fragrance – which features Owen walking moodily down a glass corridor opposite the model Daria Werbowy – was shot by the cult Hong Kong-based filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai, the director of In the Mood for Love and 2046. Kar-Wai agreed to shoot the ad only if Lancôme could secure Owen, as the two of them had worked together on a BMW commercial in 2001. [Via Viv Groskop at the Telegraph]

Ernest Hemingway and Marlene Dietrich were in luurve, as revealed by a set of unpublished letters and telegrams that have just been made public. Via the Guardian:

Much later Hemingway revealed to a friend why he believed the relationship had never been consummated. "Victims of unsynchronised passion. Those times when I was out of love, the Kraut was deep in some romantic tribulation, and on those occasions when Dietrich was on the surface and swimming about with those marvellously seeking eyes, I was submerged."

At Entertainment Weekly, Clark Collis gets comments from George Clooney on that David O. Russell video: "I felt bad for Lily but I also felt a little vindicated for anyone that thought that that had anything to do with me on [Three Kings]."

Michael Howie and Kevin Schofield at The Scotsman report that Danny Boyle may be making an adaptation of Irvine Welsh‘s "Porno" after all.

Danny Boyle, the film’s director, has confirmed that Renton, Begbie, Spud and co will return to the silver screen in a follow-up to Trainspotting, revealing that he has been given the rights to the much-talked-about sequel.

Boyle has also given the clearest indication yet that the original film’s leading star, Ewan McGregor, will be reunited with fellow actors Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner and co, claiming that "all the actors" have agreed to reprise their unforgettable roles.

+ Full English Language Website and Trailer For Von Trier’s The Boss of It All (Twitch)
+ The rough, the smooth (Telegraph)
+ Hemingway and Dietrich’s 30-year unrequited love (Guardian)
+ ‘Huckabees” Whacks (Entertainment Weekly)
+ Junkies reunited as sequel gets go-ahead (The Scotsman)

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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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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…