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Tim Allen vs. bobblehead Satan.

Tim Allen vs. bobblehead Satan. (photo)

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This Friday marks the theatrical release of Tim Allen’s directorial debut “Crazy on the Outside.” My relationship with Allen is somewhat conflicted. As a ’90s kid, I have a soft spot for the undeniably mediocre “Home Improvement.” Ubiquity has its comforts, and I was precisely the right age for the equally humdrum “The Santa Clause.”

Much of Allen’s post-“Improvement” career has been a mess — remember “Joe Somebody” or “Christmas with the Kranks”? — but a moment of self-awareness and clarity came with his turn in David Mamet’s underseen “Redbelt.” In casting Tarantino couldn’t have bettered, Allen played a washed-up, bitter, alcoholic action star just financially secure enough to really flip out; unsurprisingly, he nailed it.

There’s no indication that “Crazy on the Outside” will be any good — the detailed synopsis I was sent by a publicist emphasizes jokes about pirate costumes and berets (LOL?) and informs me in closing that Allen’s “Tommy” “will discover that the only way to win is to be true to what’s inside you, especially when it’s…Crazy on the Outside.” Ray Liotta plays an evil genius of video piracy, and Tommy’s grandmother will only speak to him in French after she thinks he’s been to France the past three years, instead of prison.

01052010_bobbleheads1.jpgBut… I will admit, though my first inclination was to snicker at the accompanying faux-viral campaign about “unpaid extras” protesting the movie, I will collude with the publicity machine this time. Like the campaign for, say, “Cloverfield,” there seems to be more going on in the minds of the marketers of “Crazy on the Outside” than the makers.

What it consists of is a bunch of bobblehead dolls — all of whom have Twitter accounts — plotting their revenge against Tim Allen, who has apparently defrauded them of their rightful wages. After all, even Jeanne Tripplehorn is getting paid! “We’ll get our money from Tim Allen if my name isn’t El Diablo,” the Satan bobblehead swears. Soon the sumo wrestling dolls are twirling while chanting for Allen’s death and a goat is bleating and…well, okay.

Wish I knew who to credit with this progressively surreal endeavor. Part one’s below:

[Photos: “Crazy on the Outside,” Freestyle Releasing, 2010; “Tim Allen Scandal Part 3,” YouTube]

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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.

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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…

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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.

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