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And now, ladies and gentlemen, the musical.

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Val Kilmer in the London stage production of 'The Postman Always Rings Twice'In the Guardian, Reggie Nadelson visits New York and the set of the new "The Producers," which has made an unprecedented (at least, as far as we know) screen-to-stage-to-screen journey, from a movie about a Broadway musical to a Broadway musical to a movie musical about a Broadway musical. Got that? We would think this would make it a kind of post-musical, if you will, but apparently not:

"The point about the Producers," production designer Mark Friedberg says, "is that this is a movie about New York made by New Yorkers. At the height of it, we had 400 people working and every one of them, every scenic painter, knew the city, the streets, how it looks, how it smells. We made it realistic – but it was always a stylized realism that harked back to the style of old Hollywood musicals."

Todd S. Purdum in the New York Times looks at the enduring, unslayable popularity of one such old Hollywood musical, "The Sound of Music," reminding us that Pauline Kael was fired from her post of critic at McCall‘s for trouncing all over the film when it came out, but even she had to acknowledge that it may have been blatant about tugging at the heartstrings, but the heartstrings nevertheless were tugged: "Whom could it offend? Only those of us who, despite the fact that we may respond, loathe
being manipulated."

Not a musical (oh, don’t we wish!), but on the stage and inspiring some awesome drubbing: Val Kilmer in "The Postman Always Rings Twice." David Poland is in London and covers the carnage in his Hot Button column.

+ The never-ending story (Guardian)
+ The Hills Still Resonate (NY Times)
+ June 2, 2005 (The Hot Button)

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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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