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Christian Bale attacked by Chinese police


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While in China promoting his upcoming film (and Chinese Oscar contender) “The Flowers of War,” Christian Bale was punched at and prevented from visiting blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng. The actor traveled to conduct an informal meet and greet with Guangcheng and brought CNN along for the ride, but were stopped outside the man’s village by guards preventing anyone from entering or exiting the area.

“Why can I not visit this free man?” Bale says repeatedly in the tape, but guards would not allow “The Dark Knight Rises” star through and even swung punches in an attempt to force him to drop his handheld camera. The CNN crew and Bale eventually managed to escape the guards, but a 40-minute vehicle pursuit then followed.

To some extent, Bale and CNN should have (and likely did) expect this type of behavior. Guangcheng rose to fame in the 1990s as a legal advocate for those he called victims of the abusive practices by China’s family-planning officials. They eventually imprisoned him to more than four years in prison for allegedly damaging property and disrupting traffic in protest, though he maintains that he is not guilty.

Since Guangcheng’s release from prison in September 2010, he and his family have been held basically under house arrest by dozens of Chinese guards. He is watched around the clock, and no one is allowed to enter or leave. Bale became aware of Gunagcheng’s situation while he was filming “The Flowers of War” in China, and wanted to do his part to help.

“This doesn’t come naturally to me, this is not what I actually enjoy — it isn’t about me,” he told CNN. “But this was just a situation that said I can’t look the other way.”

Bale is calling for the United States to take a more active role in helping Guangcheng, who he has never met. “Really, what else can I do to help Chen?” he added.

Do you support Bale’s endeavors? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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…

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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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