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The rest of it: Thursday edition.

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052605_cinderella_manLet’s be honest. We lucked out. We’re already in June, basically, and most every Quality Film that’s been released so far has been a dog. So we’re really not in a place to kvetch about the fact that it looks like "Cinderella Man," barring any strikingly grotesque flaws, will kick off Oscar®Talk for the year. Seriously, look at all it’s got going for it: Russell Crowe will be playing a person who, in an uglier form, actually existed; Ron Howard will be there doing his wholesome thing; sepia-toned Depression-era crowds will be Uplifted by a Scrappy Underdog (a motif that can make any film, no matter how non-compelling, into award fodder); and it’s about boxing, which, cinematic subject-wise, is obviously the new prostitution. Anyway, in the Hollywood Reporter Martin Grove has seen it and says "it’s clear that one of this year’s five best picture slots is already spoken for." And Crowe and Howard play BFFs for USA Today.

The quality of "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" is a non-issue if there ever was one — this could be a movie about professional Parcheesi and people would rush to see the sparks fly off of Brangelina as they race their pieces around the board. But could it be a good movie? Lev Grossman at Time looks into the film’s casting troubles, and Kim Masters at the LA Times examines how director Doug Liman seems determined to establish himself as the David O. Russell of mainstream Hollywood (Liman, you’re nothing until you’ve punched George Clooney).

At the London Times, Sean Macaulay looks at the great legacy of wooden acting, and gives his top ten.

At Slate, David Edelstein, inspired by the oddness of Samuel L. Jackson and Yoda appearing together on screen, gathers the "oddest cinematic couplings" from readers. Overwhelming surprise winner: Woody Allen.

And at the New York Observer, John Sayles talks about his "day job" writing scripts for blockbusters. He’s working on "Jurassic Park IV," and mentions that an earlier version of the script was intercepted by a hacker, who, worst of all, offered notes on it.

+ Dazzling premiere, bright future for ‘Cinderella’ (HR)
+ Crowe, Howard step into the ring together (USA Today)
+ When Brad Met Angie (Time)
+ Mad about him (LA Times)
+ They put the wood in Hollywood (Times)
+ Season of Our Disconnects (Slate)
+ Sayles’ People (NY Observer)

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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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