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"In fact, he’s just getting started."
Brett Ratner, baby auteur? Okay, that’s not exactly the argument Scott Foundas presents in his lengthy, surprising LA Weekly profile of the director most likely to evoke a grimace from both cinephiles and fanboys, but he does make the claim that Ratner "is undeniably one of the few ‘name’ directors of his generation," though "his remains a name more likely to be found in the gossip columns than the culture pages." (Foundas notes that blog Defamer, which has long nursed an obsession of sorts with the director, has dubbed Ratner a "fauxteur." Hee!) More:

But is it merely envy that explains why, in my career as a journalist, I have never been greeted with as many expressions of skepticism, bafflement and outright disbelief from colleagues and friends as I have since first announcing I was working on this story? “You want to write about him?” they have asked, not infrequently followed by, “Did he really fuck Lindsay Lohan?” All of which, I must admit, has only served to redouble my interest.

It is undeniably an interesting read, and it is always fun to see James Toback do someone the dubious favor of stepping up in his or her defense, but we remain unconvinced as to Ratner’s worth as a filmmaker. More unconvinced is Foundas’ fellow LA Weeklyite Nikke Finke, who at her blog writes "Earth to Scott: either you need a vacation, or you need better drugs." Also displeased: China, who, according to BBC News, is refusing to allow Ratner’s newest film "Rush Hour 3" to play in theaters despite the fact that it stars national favorite Jackie Chan. Authorities have reportedly deemed it "fundamentally anti-Chinese."

Elsewhere in the world of the critically unloved: Steve Meacham at the Sydney Morning Herald tries out five notorious flops to see which one is the worst of the worst. Except… at least two of the films of the list now have a more than solid cult following — are there any universally disliked films anymore? IMDb assures us that "Who’s Your Caddy?" may be that rare unifying work that brings people together in disgust.

At the Onion AV Club, Nathan Rabin interviews John Waters’ favorite Mink Stole:

AVC: You actually got arrested at some point, filming Mondo Trasho?

MS: Yes. We were doing sort of a guerrilla film day, and we
were filming the scene where Divine hallucinates a naked hitchhiker. In
order for a person to appear naked on film, the person actually has to
be naked in reality. John had chosen the campus of Johns Hopkins
University without permission. So even though Mark was fully clothed
and he had a robe on between takes, we were spotted by some graduate
students who were highly offended, and they called the police. When we
escaped from the campus police, they called the city police. We were in
a 1959 red El Dorado Cadillac, so were sort of conspicuous. [Laughs.]

And at Entertainment Weekly, Adam Markovitz talks to Paris Hilton about her upcoming role in horror musical "Repo! The Genetic Opera." Prosthetics will be involved, as will voice coaches.

+ Brett Ratner, The Popcorn King (LA Weekly)
+ Somebody Actually Likes This Uber-Hack? (Deadline Hollywood)
+ Jackie Chan film ‘angers Chinese’ (BBC)
+ Costner’s dripping yarn: sci-fi classic or total sinker? (Sydney Morning Herald)
+ Random Roles: Mink Stole (Onion AV Club)
+ Paris in Prosthetics? That’s Hot! (Entertainment Weekly)


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.