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Twilight New Moon soundtrack: sell outs or players?

Twilight New Moon soundtrack: sell outs or players? (photo)

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I thought I’d rather drink turpentine and piss on a brush fire than watch the original “Twilight.” Not only did it appear to be a vapid teenage girl fantasy, but one that carelessly rewrote long cherished rules of Vampirism. Then I saw “Adventureland,” and supposed I could give it a chance after seeing how mind blowing Kristen Stewart has become since the floor plan thriller, “Panic Room.”

Perhaps I suffer from some form of vapid teenage boy fantasy syndrome, so be it. I had little choice, just about every female I know aged six to sixty is fired up over the flick and it was forced upon me. Is it a stupid love story in the guise of a Vampire flick? Yeah. Does it discard more than a century of mythology for it’s own masturbatory purposes? Yeah. And Vampires without some context of Christianity make less sense, they lose their potency when not somehow cast into shadow by at least some kind of God. Where’s the conflict, why wouldn’t everyone want to be one?

Well, it’s not worth getting your chucks scuffed over. The film was fun to laugh and gawk at. I expect the same of “New Moon” and really dig the fantasy suggestion that the Native Americans still left around are actually powerful immortal beings at odds with a race of diamond skinned, blood sucking seducers – as if genocide weren’t enough.

But what of this soundtrack that was pushed out on Friday? We knew for some time it had some unexpected names on it, Thom Yorke was in the closing credits of the first film and all. But Grizzly Bear? Bon Iver? With Alexandre Desplat (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) scoring I imagine that most of the songs take a background seat. The film is already a colossus and beyond being a vehicle for hot bands. Can you blame them for hitching a ride on this star maker?

Listen to Thom Yorke’s “Hearing Damage” from the “New Moon” soundtrack:

Thanks Carla for the reminder!

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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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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…