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Venice Lines Up With Samurais, Dissolute Actors and Midlife Threesomes

Venice Lines Up With Samurais, Dissolute Actors and Midlife Threesomes (photo)

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The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of… festival season. Two days ago Toronto announced a big chunk of its line-up, and now the Venice Film Festival has unveiled its own. Joining Darren Aronofsky ballerina drama “Black Swan,” announced earlier as the opening night film, are Sofia Coppola’s Hollywood saga “Somewhere” (trailer); Takashi Miike’s samurai tale “13 Assassins” (trailer); “Meek’s Cutoff,” Kelly Reichardt’s new film, once again starring Michelle Williams; Vincent Gallo’s long-awaited follow-up to “The Brown Bunny” “Promises Made In Water,” reportedly a 16-millimeter black-and-white tale of a girl with a terminal illness; “Road to Nowhere,” a thriller from Monte Hellman (!); and “Three,” the latest from “Run, Lola, Run”‘s Tom Tykwer, about how the two halves of a middle-aged couple fall in love with the same man.

Out of competition, the Affleck brothers will screen Ben’s “The Town” and Casey’s Joaquin Phoenix mockumentary, while Hong Kong’s Pang brothers will be there with “The Child’s Eye 3D.” Julie Taymor’s “The Tempest” will close the festival.

In Competition:

“Black Swan,” Darren Aronofsky (U.S.) (opening night film)

“La Pecora Nera,” Ascanio Celestini (Italy)

“Somewhere,” Sofia Coppola (U.S.)

“Happy Few,” Antony Cordier (France)

“The Solitude of Prime Numbers,” Saverio Costanzo (Italy, Germany, France)

“Silent Souls,” Aleksei Fedorchenko (Russia)

“Promises Written in Water,” Vincent Gallo (U.S.)

“Road to Nowhere,” Monte Hellman (U.S.)

“Balada Triste de Trompeta,” Alex de la Iglesia (Spain, France)

“Venus Noir,” Abdellatif Kechiche (France)

“Post Mortem,” Pablo Larrain (Chile, Mexico, Germany)

07292010_barneysversion.jpg“Barney’s Version,” Richard J. Lewis (Canada, Italy)

“We Believed,” Mario Martone (Italy, France)

“La Passione,” Carlo Mazzacurati (Italy)

“13 Assassins,” Takashi Miike (Japan)

“Potiche,” Francois Ozon (France)

“Meek’s Cutoff,” Kelly Reichardt (U.S.)

“Miral,” Julian Schnabel (U.S., France, Italy, Israel)

“Norwegian Wood,” Tran Anh Hung (Japan)

“Attenberg,” Athina Rachel Tsangari (Greece)

“Detective Dee and the Mystery of Phantom Flame,” Tsui Hark (China)

“Three,” Tom Tykwer (Germany)

07292010_thetown.jpgOut of Competition

“The Town,” Ben Affleck (U.S.)

“I’m Still Here: the Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix,” Casey Affleck (U.S.)

“Sorelle Mai,” Marco Bellocchio (Italy)

“Niente Paura — Come siamo come eravamo e le canzoni di Luciano Ligabue,” Piergiorgio Gay (Italy)

“Dante Ferretti — Production Designer,” Gianfranco Giagni (Italy)

“Notizie degli Scavi,” Emidio Greco (Italy)

“The Last Movie” (1971), Dennis Hopper

“Gorbaciof,” Stefano Incerti (Italy)

“That Girl in Yellow Boots,” Anurag Kashyap (India)

“Showtime,” Stanley Kwan (China)

“The Return of Chen Zhen,” Andrew Lau (China, Hong Kong) (opening night, tribute to Bruce Lee)

“Sei Venezia,” Carlo Mazzacurati (Italy)

“Zebraman” (2004), Takashi Miike (Japan)

“Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City,” Takashi Miike (Japan)

“The Child’s Eye 3D,” Oxide Pang and Danny Pang (China, Hong Kong)

“Vallanzasca – Gli angeli del male,” Michele Placido (Italy)

“All Inclusive 3D,” Nadia Ranocchi and David Zamagni (Italy, Austria)

“Raavan” (Hindi version), Mani Ratnam (India) (Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award)

“Raavan” (Tamil version), Mani Ratnam (India)

07292010_machete1.jpg“Machete,” Robert Rodriguez (U.S.) (opening night, midnight)

“1960,” Gabriele Salvatores (Italy)

“La prima volta a Venezia,” Antonello Sarno (Italy)

“A Letter to Elia,” Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones (U.S.)

“Shock Labyrinth 3D,” Takashi Shimizu (Japan)

“The Tempest,” Julie Taymor (U.S.) (closing night film)

“L’ultimo Gattopardo: Ritratto di Goffredo Lombardo,” Giuseppe Tornatore (Italy)

“Passione,” John Turturro (Italy)

“Lope,” Andrucha Waddington (Spain, Brazil)

“Reign of Assassins,” John Woo and Su Chao-Pin (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong) (Golden Lion For Lifetime Achievement)

“Space Guy,” Zhang Yuan (China)


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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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…