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It’s all about the people, really.

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As we approach the long awaited "Sith" opening (and it becomes impossible to avoid the film, so saturated is the media), various papers look at the people (er, aliens?), real and fictional, who make up the cultural juggernaut that is "Star Wars":

The New York Times profiles Steve Sansweet, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and such a massive "Star Wars" fan that he managed to achieve "Star Wars" nirvana, getting hired as Lucasfilm’s head of fan relations.

The Age talks to Simon Dewar, another fan and the man behind Vader Maker Australia, the, yes, definitive site on constructing your own Darth Vader costume.

The San Francisco Chronicle waxes overly dramatic describing the fall of Anakin Skywalker and the rise of Vader ("Palpatine invites Anakin to a Faustian dance. Anakin curtsies. Doom ensues."). Also in the Chronicle, an interview with the rather delightful English actor Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO ("Threepio") in all six films, and a look at the unexpected and enduring popularity of Boba Fett, a character who only ever spoke five lines in the first trilogy (one of them "Aaaaaaaaargh!").

And in the Telegraph, an interview with Ian McDiarmid, who plays Supreme Chancellor Palpatine/the eeeeeevil Darth Sidious.

+ The Force Is With the Fans (One Superfan, in Particular) (NY Times)
+ Our own Dark Lord (The Age)
+ Behind Darth’s mask (SF Chronicle)
+ Which wine to pair with ‘Star Wars’? Ask the man who plays C-3PO. (SF Chronicle)

+ Forget Anakin — for die-hard fans, Boba Fett rules (SF Chronicle)
+ More evil than Darth Vader (Telegraph)

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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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