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The trouble with wearing your heart on your (tattoo) sleeve.

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The main face of "Juno" in the press has been not up-and-coming star Ellen Page or director Jason Reitman but breakout screenwriter Diablo Cody, the former stripper/blogger/newly crowned figurehead for women in the industry who’s gotten the kind of attention rarely given to writers — a big interview in Entertainment Weekly, say, as well as the #38 spot on their "50 Smartest People in Hollywood" list, and another profile in the New York Times.

The downside of all the attention? Mark Olsen at the LA Times spotting the way you’ve freshly covered up your tattooed ode to your husband on your arm at the film’s premiere and wondering "Is there domestic strife in Cody-ville?" Olsen builds a preemptive defense into his post:

No one here is making sport of the emotional discontent of other human beings. We leave that to the experts.

But when a public figure’s self-created mythology becomes such a
foundational part of their persona – bound up as it is in Cody’s case
in confessional self-promotion — it all comes to seem like, well, fair

Cody and her, yes, ex have each responded on her blog, with the latter sighing "I sincerely hope everybody will respect our privacy (ha!! Right!!)." We suppose that theoretically we do agree with Olsen’s point — Cody made her name sharing the details of her life on her blog and in her book "Candy Girl," and one can’t really retract that once things come along you’d rather not have discussed by the general public. Then again, Olsen included the justification for a reason — there is something queasy about his outing of someone’s painful personal history in such a way, the not-inconsiderable amount of schadenfreude to it aside.

We’re going to do a round-up of reviews for "Juno" tomorrow, but for now wanted to mention that we thought it was interesting that David Edelstein in New York, not fond of the film, faults Juno the character for being emblematic of the putting-it-all-out-there-on-the-web crew (despite this not being a subject raised within the film at all):

I know Juno is not supposed to care what other people think of her. I know she’s a poster girl (or will be) for the Facebook Generation—the one with zero sphere of privacy. But I could never go with her manic exhibitionism in the drugstore. She’s a screwball heroine, but it’s the writer, Diablo Cody, and the director, Jason Reitman, who have screws loose.

+ Diablo Cody: From Ex-Stripper to A-Lister (Entertainment Weekly)
+ Off the Stripper Pole and Into the Movies (NY Times)
+ Diablo Cody inks out her husband (LA Times)
+ Rosy. (The Pussy Ranch)
+ A Message From Jonny (The Pussy Ranch)
+ Melodrama in Distress (New York)


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


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…