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Cannes – Where’s the damn controversy?!

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Cannes kicks off in less than a week, and everyone’s groping around for any hint of controversy, other than the U.K.’s generally droopiness after, once again, no British filmmakers made it into competition.

Of course, not only is the festival short a certain inflammatory, haircut-avoidant presence this year, the films in competition are an impeccable selection from established masters of cinema. In the Independent, Sheila Johnston surveys the selections – the best she can come up with so far is that Lars von Trier‘s take on slavery, "Manderlay," will almost certainly anger Americans. Plus there was that donkey-killing thing (if only he hadn’t folded and cut those scenes!). Oh, and Gus Van Sant’s "Last Days" is supposedly even weirder, in terms of narrative style or lack thereof, than "Gerry."

At the Toronto Star, Peter Howell sits down with Atom Egoyan and David Cronenberg, whose films "Where the Truth Lies" and "A History of Violence" are both in the main competition this year. But not only do the filmmakers, who once apparently had a sizzling Canadian rivalry, seem to respect and like each other now, their films are each director’s most mainstream and accessible effort to date.

The Guardian doesn’t bother trying to drum up early gossip yet – but Peter Bradshaw blurbs twelve films to look out for.

+ Rivalry on the Riviera (Independent)
+ Cannes the talk of Atom and David war (Toronto Star)
+ Sun, sea and sin (Guardian)

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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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