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Odds: Tuesday – Ledger.

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"There's no going back."
Christopher Nolan has written a sorrowful salute to Heath Ledger at Newsweek: "That’s real charisma—as invisible and natural as gravity. That’s what Heath had."  Over at People, Christopher Plummer, Ledger’s costar in the film he was working on at the time of this death, Terry Gilliam’s "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," suggests that the film may not be scrapped after all:

"Terry’s throwing himself into the job of trying to salvage the picture," veteran actor Christopher Plummer told PEOPLE over the weekend.

Despite earlier reports that the director might shelve the $30 million production, Gilliam, whom Plummer describes as "terribly saddened" by Ledger’s death is "trying to work out at this moment how to continue on. Fortunately, because the film deals with magic, there is a way, perhaps, of turning Heath into other people and then, using stills and I think they call it CGI…

"Terry was a very good friend [of Heath’s]," adds Plummer. "He very wants to go on with the movie, and I can very much understand why. Because he wants to dedicate it to Heath, of course."

We don’t know how much of an authority Plummer actually is on Gilliam’s plans (or this alleged "CGI" he speaks of) but, tragedy aside, Gilliam’s had some terrible luck making films.

Guillermo del Toro is in talks to direct both part of "The Hobbit," reports E!.

Defamer reports that an allegedly wasted Sean Young cut loose at the DGA Awards and actually acted on an impulse we know was felt by not a few sitting in the audience of his press conference at the New York Film Festival last year, heckling Julian Schnabel from the audience. We mention it really only to include Schnabel’s rather soigné response, "Have another drink, honey."

"4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days" director Cristian Mungiu briefly discusses the film’s dinner scene over at the Washington Post: "It’s very difficult to imagine you can shoot a dinner table scene in an original way after 100 years of cinema."

And Cahal Milmo at the Independent reports that Turner Prize-nominated artist Sam Taylor-Wood, famous for her video portrait of David Beckham sleeping, will direct an adaptation of Julie Myerson’s novel "The Story of You," with Anthony Minghella acting as a producer.

+ Charisma as Natural as Gravity (Newsweek)
+ Show Will Go On for Heath’s Last Movie, Says Costar (People)
+ Del Toro a Hobbit-Forming Director (E! Online)

+ Sean Young Ejected From DGA Awards For Being Overserved? (Defamer) 
+ Feast Your Mind: How to Show Thought on Film (Washington Post)
+ After Beckham’s dream scene, Taylor-Wood heads to Hollywood (Independent)

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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…