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The rest of it: Friday edition

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042905_heightsComingSoon has a trailer up for "Heights," an SPC release set for June 10th, and not, unfortunately, a film version of the short-lived 1992 TV series with Jamie Walters but instead one of those group of New Yorkers whose lives are all connected in ways not immediately clear affairs. Via the Hollywood Reporter, Steven Soderbergh has signed a possibly revolutionary deal with 2929 Entertainment to direct (or produce? it’s unclear) six low-budget digital films to be released simultaneously in theaters, on DVD and on TV. At Like Anna Karina’s Sweater, Filmbrain has a must-read post delving into the more distressing details of the new  Family Entertainment and Copyright Act, which among other things:

clears the way for companies that distribute self-edited versions of films (or technology that performs the same function) by making them exempt from trademark infringement.

It’s an interesting juxtaposition with Stephen Holden’s New York Times piece from a few days ago, in which he talks about the general disinterest being presented to the smashing of the "last great film taboo"; that is to say, unsimulated sex on film without pornographic intent; that is to say, Michael Winterbottom‘s "9 Songs." Interesting in that art-house films, for lack of a better umbrella terms, have been rushing headlong at all things shocking, and, often, at all things unpleasant, and few seem to care (probably because these films are hardly showing up at the average multiplex) – it’s the ability to have your cake and eat it too, to show your kids Scorsese, with the ugliness and naughty bits excised (though what’s the point?) that’s where the real battleground will be.

+ Heights (ComingSoon)
+ 2929 signs Soderbergh for six pack (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Bush Just Doin’ It For The Kids (Like Anna Karina’s Sweater)
+ Film Taboo Is Smashed, to General Shrugging (NY Times)

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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

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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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