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15 Pretty Damn Interesting Facts About Burn After Reading

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Joel and Ethan Coen’s 2008 black comedy is filled with references and inside jokes. Laugh a little bit harder at Burn After Reading knowing these 15 fascinating facts.

1. Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the screenplay for Burn After Reading at the same time they were writing their adaptation of No Country for Old Men.

No Country would go on to earn them Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture in 2007.


2. Burn After Reading marked the first time since their 1990 film Miller’s Crossing that the Coen Brothers didn’t work with their usual cinematographer, Roger Deakins.

Instead, eventual Academy Award-winner Emmanuel Lubezki acted as the director of photography. The Coens would work with Deakins again on every one of their films until 2013’s Inside Llewyn Davis.


3. The Coens wrote the part of Osborne Cox specifically for John Malkovich.

Even though they had never worked with Malkovich before.


4. Osborne Cox, is a Princeton alum.

In real life, Princeton is director Ethan Coen’s alma mater.


5. This is the third time the Coen Brothers have worked with George Clooney.

Clooney also stars in 2000’s O Brother Where Art Thou? and 2003’s Intolerable Cruelty.


6. The role of Harry Pfarrer was also written specifically for Clooney.


7. This is the first time the Coen Brothers have worked with Brad Pitt.

But it’s the fourth time Pitt has worked on a film with George Clooney. They previously co-starred in the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy, and Pitt also had an uncredited cameo appearance in Clooney’s 2002 directorial debut, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.


8. Frances McDormand is married to Joel Coen.

Her screen debut was in the Coen Brothers movie Blood Simple in 1984, and she would go on to appear in Raising Arizona, Miller’s Crossing (where she was uncredited), Barton Fink (with just her voice in an uncredited role), Fargo (for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress), and The Man Who Wasn’t There. She’ll also reteam with the Coens in their upcoming 2016 film Hail, Caesar!

9. Frances McDormand’s character’s bob hairdo had political roots.

It was modeled on Clinton/Lewinsky sex scandal whistleblower Linda Tripp.


10. The look of Tilda Swinton’s character is based on a familiar cartoon.

Her hairdo is the same as the one worn by Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons.


11. The editor of the movie is listed as “Roderick Jaynes.”

This is a pseudonym for Joel and Ethan Coen, who edit their own films. In fact, Jaynes, who doesn’t technically exist, has been nominated for two Academy Awards: One for Fargo and one for No Country for Old Men.


12. Osborne’s decline is showcased in his wardrobe.

In his early scenes he’s wearing a three-piece suit and wingtips, while at the end of the film he’s wearing a bathrobe and slippers.


13. Osborne’s yacht was a 79-foot ship from 1939 that the production rented on Long Island.

The interior of the yacht was a set.


14. The film’s theatrical poster is based on espionage thrillers from the 1960s.

The typography was modeled after a similar font on the poster for the 1967 film The Comedians.


15. The theatrical poster for Coming Up Daisy, the fictional movie within the movie, says it was based on a book by Cormac McCarthy.

McCarthy, as you may know, is the author of No Country for Old Men. The small snippets of Coming Up Daisy shown in the film were actually directed by the Coens’ friend and frequent collaborator, Sam Raimi.

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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…