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James Bond’s on Hold, But Will Anyone Miss Him?

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In the end, it’s neither maniacal billionaires nor razorblade-hatted henchmen nor SPECTRE itself that’s poised to bring down James Bond — it’s the true archvillain of the 21st century, crushing debt. Three months ago, the 23rd Bond film, set to be directed by Sam Mendes, was put on indefinite hold while MGM, who own the rights to the character, has attempted to deal with financial struggles to the tune of $4 billion.

Checking in from the London launch party for the video game “James Bond 007: Blood Stone,” the Hollywood Reporter noted the unease EON Productions’ Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson seemed to feel about a delay in the franchise so soon after it was successfully rebooted, quoting a “former MGM insider” as saying “They’re completely panicked that if they go five, six years without a Bond movie, it’ll be over. They don’t want to kill the golden goose.”

But does anyone ever really feel a sense of urgency over James Bond? The recasting of the role and the reboot only reinforce the static nature of the character — he may come in jokier (Roger Moore) or tougher (Daniel Craig) variations, but he’s still the unmovable axis around which an ever-changing, ever-in-need-of-saving world periodically revolves. That steadiness is both his foremost asset and his weakness. There’s no doubt that, even with delays, there will eventually be another Bond film, because Bond’s a safe bet for a diverting few hours at the movies (and a few hundred million at the box office).

At the same time, no one quivers with anticipation over the developments to come in the next installment, because there’s only so much room for variation — there will be Bond girls, there will be a bad guy and a lesser bad guy or two, there will be a complicated plot to be uncovered and foiled. It’s the nature of Bond, even in his newest, angstiest incarnation, to avoid permanent attachments and, though the last handful of films have subjected him to the threats of aging, grief and obsolescence, significant character growth.

Recent spy movies and TV shows — even the otherwise delightfully silly Cold War-throwback “Salt” — have made a point of emphasizing the terrible personal costs of espionage, with trust issues and the imperiling of one’s friends and lovers at the heart of everything from “Duplicity” and the Bourne films to the shows “Covert Affairs” and “Chuck.” But we know that Bond’s going to have to get over his own formative heartache, to grin, get a martini and go on. What’s the rush? It’s not like audiences are going to forget him.

In the meantime, Daniel Craig’s certainly not hurting for work. He’s just signed a deal to take part in a newer, hipper franchise — he’ll play crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the David Fincher-directed American adaptation of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

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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…