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The Nanny and Mrs. X.

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"In Africa they have the saying, it takes a village to raise a child."
Weinstein Watch: After his highly quotable "I’m Not There" suicide vow in yesterday’s New York Times, Harvey turns up at Page 6 in what has the whiff of a publicist’s maneuver. But what the hey: "HARVEY Weinstein – the P.T. Barnum of the movie industry – is hyping his version of ‘The Nanny Diaries’ by offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who can identify the bitchy, shopaholic Upper East Side mom (played by Laura Linney) who inspired the authors of the best-selling roman a clef." We’re not sure what securing this information would accomplish, as the culprit will surely just turn out to be someone unrecognizable and therefore meaningless to the rest of the world,  but "Nanny Diaries" seems in need of all the publicity help it can get, with reviews so far being dire.

Curious that Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, the husband and wife directorial team behind "American Splendor," ended up here with their second theatrical project. Interviewed by Melena Ryzik in the New York Times over the weekend, they describe the decision to take it on as one that sprung from flattery ("Harvey Weinstein really wanted us to direct it"), ease ("we heard that we could shoot it all in Manhattan, and that was a big issue for us") and a hasty retreat:

PULCINI And also, things got a little crazy after “American Splendor.” We would have meetings with people, and they would say things like, “You’ve invented a new language for cinema.” We were like, “Omigod, what have we created here?”

SPRINGER BERMAN Everyone wanted us to do everything meta. It’s like, “I think meta’s been done.”

We haven’t seen the film yet, so we can’t comment on it, but we found the book mesmerizingly bad, a scornful portrait of privilege written from the point of view of someone awesomely oblivious to the considerable privilege she herself enjoys (at one point toward the front of the novel, the heroine actually describes how she was too fastidious for Brown and had to transfer, which seemed to us to slice any potentially sympathetic audience to a very slim bracket right off the bat). So, we’re curious as to how the directors managed this material.

Joanna Weiss at the Boston Globe looks at nannies in film, from "The Sound of Music" to "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle."

+ In the Land of Nannies and Poodles (NY Times)
+ Nanny being nanny (Boston Globe)


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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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…


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.