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Paris Hilton takes Toronto.

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09042008_parisnotfrance.jpgAdria Petty’s Paris Hilton doc “Paris, Not France” has been cut down to a single screening at its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Steven Zeitchik at the Hollywood Reporter rumored that this was because the heiress was so unhappy with the film that she was threatening legal action, but Karina Longworth at Spout wondered if it wasn’t all just a savvy publicity stunt:

It would be one thing if the Hilton camp has insisted that the film be removed from the festival completely… but they didn’t. Instead, they’ve made tickets to Paris’ single TIFF screening a hot commodity. Though technically this single screening at the Ryerson (one of TIFF’s largest venues with about 1200 seats) is open to the public, behind the scenes press and industry folks will jockey for tickets, sucking attention away from the Fest’s competing red carpet events, all but guaranteeing Hilton dominance of the following day’s TIFF coverage.

And now the tale has trickled up to, of all places, the New York Post‘s Page Six, where Hilton’s manager suggests this was, indeed, all part of a nefarious publicity plan:

Paris’ rep Jason Moore told Page Six: “We wanted to create more buzz – create some hype . . . We felt the impact would be more extreme if we had one screening.”

Miffed festival programmer Thom Powers told Post movie critic Lou Lumenick: “I wish we could do more, but it’s better than not showing it at all.”

Paris’ manipulation of the annual festival – considered the Cannes of Canada – stands to make more money for the movie when it is released commercially.

“She is a partner with the documentary and will be attending Tuesday’s screening in support of it,” Moore told us.

Asked whether Paris had a financial interest in the flick, Moore replied, “I can’t discuss that.”

If there’s a lesson to be learned here about building festival buzz, it… probably doesn’t apply to any normal human being taking their film on the circuit. Er, be more famous! Plant gossip column items!

[Photo: “Paris, Not France,” Pablocita Inc., 2008]

+ Paris Hilton: I Kind of Prefer Wiseman’s Verite Work (Hollywood Reporter)
+ The Film Paris Hilton Doesn’t Want You To See (Spout)


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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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…