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Once again, Cannes.

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052605_thechildRoger Ebert’s languid Cannes wrap-up has some priceless bits in it, particularly this:

On my right, Michael Barker, co-president of Sony Classics, told me
that Harvey Weinstein has apologized to him "for all the terrible
things I’ve done to you in the past." His anger, Harvey explained, was
caused by undiagnosed diabetes and a day-long diet of M&Ms. Now that he has his disease under control, he has been able to lose weight and be a nicer person.

Seated on the left of my wife was the famous William Morris agent Cassian Elwes, who told Chaz that Harvey Weinstein had called him up and apologized for his bad behavior in the past, explaining about the
M&Ms and saying that he was going to be a better person from now
on. "What I really want to know," Barker said, "is what terrible things
Harvey has done to me. I couldn’t think of anything. If I ever find
out, I’ll probably be really mad at him."

This sounds much like Steps 8 and 9 of M&M recovery — stay strong, Harvey. Ebert, along with, apparently, the rest of the world, adored Hou Hsiao-Hsien‘s "Three Times," though he does point out that "the entire movie
distribution system of North America is devoted to maintaining a wall
between you and Hou Hsiao-Hsien."

In the LA Weekly, Scott Foundas, who served on the Camera d’Or jury, writes about why they chose the films they did for the prize (a tie between Miranda July’s "Me and You and Everyone We Know" and "The Forsaken Land").

And the Village Voice has a big Cannes section — J. Hoberman thinks "A History of Violence" should have won, briefly covers the surprise winner, dwells on the new "ceremonial cinema" suggested by "Battle in Heaven," and declares "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu" "remarkable." Melissa Anderson lists her highlights from "Un Certain Regard" and the other secondary programs. And  Mark Peranson looks over the critical reactions (particular from Cahiers du cinéma) to Palme d’Or winner "The Child" and "Three Times."

+ Cannes coda: Why it’s all worth it (RogerEbert.com)
+ The Man With the Golden Camera (LA Weekly)
+ Historical Oversight (Village Voice)
+ On Golden Palme (Village Voice)
+ My Blue Heaven (Village Voice)
+ The Romanian Patient (Village Voice)
+ The Uncertainty Principle (Village Voice)
+ Encore Performances (Village Voice)

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

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.

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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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