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The rest of it: Friday edition.

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051305_ddljIFC’s General Manager Evan Shapiro has a blog(!) here — he loves the channel and very eager to hear feedback, so let him know your thoughts.

And we have a question for y’all — as more blogs appear here on IFCTV.com, it seems we’ll have to change our name from the rather singular "The IFC Blog"… any suggestions? Right now all that’s stuck in our head is Margot Tenenbaum’s "Your reviews weren’t that good."

Elsewhere: Cannes pull-quote of the day goes to Japanese director Masahiro Kobayashi, whose "Bashing" is one of the films in competition, and deals with the aftermath of a Japanese aid worker taken hostage in Iraq. His character finds herself rejected by society when she returns home. Kobayashi had harsh words for his homeland:

When asked to explain why Japanese who return from Iraq having been kidnapped can be ostracized, Kobayashi said he found the phenomenon hard to explain.

"To tell you the truth, it’s difficult for me to explain," he told reporters. "It’s perhaps due to the fact that Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi adopted a very negative stance.

"He rejected responsibility for their (hostages’) acts and said it was up to the hostages to shoulder the responsibility," Kobayashi said, adding that the country’s conservative media had also swayed opinion against freed hostages.

"I think that Japan is sick," the director said. "There is a tendency to try and take revenge, to attack the weakest."

Today marks the 500th consecutive week of "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge"‘s run in Mumbai — the Christian Science Monitor pays a visit to the theater.

Peter Goddard in the Toronto Star explains how Cannes can be both the most crushingly crowded, frantic place and the most lonely. Not there for the first time in years, he finds himself pining for the festival, which, "seen at a distance — the distance of not being there — the festival has
its spellbinding moments, which, like the town itself, survive each new
celebrity onslaught."

And, despite a year so far comfortingly free of any films with the necessary qualities to restart the endless rounds of awards chatter, both David Poland and Emanuel Levy seem determined to drop the dreaded O word.

+ Film tackles Japan’s hostage ‘taboo’ in Cannes (Reuters)
+ Bombay’s longest running matinee (CS Monitor)
+ There’s no movie experience like it. None. (Toronto Star)
+ The Return Of Jamie Foxx (The Hot Blog)
+ Robert Downey Jr.: Oscar Frontrunner (Emanuel Levy)

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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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