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When interviews attack.

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050905_ludacrisRather than try to distill any of the dozens of interviews we liked from today and over the weekend, we’re just going to list them and pull our favorite quote. You can do the rest.

In alpha order:

Chris "Ludacris" Bridges in the San Francisco ChronicleLudacris’ Crash Course in Acting:

Bridges read for the role several times after making a strong impression with [Don] Cheadle, who also is a producer on the project. "As soon as Don saw that first raw tape, he said it doesn’t matter if he’s losing lines or this and that, this guy is a star," ["Crash" producer Cathy] Schulman says. "The camera loves Chris, and it was very much at Don’s urging that he got cast."

Adrien Brody in the London TimesMethod in his madness:

To get into character, Brody would ask to be strapped into the
straitjacket and left in the morgue drawer even when the cameras weren’t rolling. "It was painful and I kind of encouraged that pain. It helps me be connected and if I feel connected there’s a better chance that the audience will feel connected. Some of the crying when I’m in the box wasn’t even scripted. John let the cameras run and wanted me to lose it, and I did."

Xan Cassavetes (whose doc "Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession" premieres on IFC tonight) at IFC NewsXan Cassavetes’ "Magnificent Obsession":

"I was a young teenager and I didn’t have a car and I was grounded a lot, so I would watch a lot of Z Channel and I’d get to watch R-rated movies and foreign films and all this stuff that wasn’t available to
people my age. It was a huge thing in Los Angeles."

Jennifer Connelly in New York MagazineBrownstone of Death:

"There are at least two kinds of scary movies," says Connelly, sipping Earl Grey tea at a small table in Soho House. "There’s the idyllic kind: You’re in the woods, running, and no one can see you. No one can hear you scream."

And then there’s our kind.

"The horror of true urban loneliness," Connelly calls it. "When you feel like you should actually be quite safe, because you’re surrounded by thousands and millions of people. But actually everyone turns a blind eye—and something happens to you on the subway."

Don Roos in the New York TimesThe Family Guy Behind the Dark Comedies:

The conventions of Hollywood filmmaking come in for playful treatment in Mr. Roos’s films. "Happy Endings" has a lot of on-screen chapter titles, reminiscent of a silent movie. "I love porno films, which have a lot of signage in them," he said. "It puts it in the audience’s face that this is a story and not something real, that this is artifice, so there’s not that tension to try and shoot it in a way that looks real."

Matt Zoller Seitz (making the scariest transition of all, film critic to filmmaker) in Filmmaker MagazineHome Movie:

"We had two very good reviews from Slant Magazine and Philadelphia City Paper. They were both positive, but chided me over the exact same line of dialogue where Susan’s ex-boyfriend Tomasz hears Bobby describe his play and says, ‘Let me give you one piece of advice. Don’t make your main character a writer. It’s a bit of a cliché.’ One of the writers called it an unnecessary preemptive strike against criticism, and the other said it was an apology in a movie that had nothing to apologize for."

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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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…