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Interview smörgasbord.

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We’re never quite sure what to say about interviews, unless the interviewed party says something particularly quotable, and by that we mean scandalous, stupid, or offensive (we’re easy to please). But that doesn’t mean there aren’t many out there worth checking out. In alpha order and this format: interviewer and source, interviewee, something we really wish the interviewee had talked about during the interview.

Joan Dupont in the LA Times on Daniel Auteuil
Not discussed: If he ever felt the urge to do like his sexy-ugly Gallic counterpart Gérard Depardieu and make a go of it in Hollywood (though that really worked out well).

Lottie Moggach in the Times on Danny Boyle
Not discussed: If his next project, "Sunshine," will really be the uncomfortable religious allegory it sounds like from early reports.

Phil Hoad in the Observer Magazine on Christian Bale
Not discussed: Whether or not he reached an early career peak as Jack "Cowboy" Kelly in "Newsies."

G. Allen Johnson in the San Francisco Chronicle on Joan Chen
Not discussed: In an otherwise near impeccable career, what she was going for when she directed "Autumn in New York."

James Mottram in the Independent on Benicio del Toro
Not discussed: He sounds a little hung-over for us to pry.

Paul Hamilor in the Guardian on Taylor Hackford
Not discussed:
If, when planning his next film as a "contemporary adaptation" of
Bizet’s "Carmen" set in New York, he missed the fact that MTV
unfortunately staked out this territory just a few years earlier with "Carmen: A Hip Hopera." Let it go, man.

Joe Donnelly in the LA Weekly on Catherine Hardwicke
Not discussed: How funny the Sharon Waxman NYT piece on her getting to direct "Lords of Dogtown" was, primly adding a "(platonic)" to gushes of affection for Stacy Peralta (you won’t catch the Gray Lady starting rumors, no).

David Lowery in Ain’t It Cool News on animator Don Herztfeldt
Not discussed: Whether Herztfeld will go out with us.

Chris Sullivan in the Independent on Thomas Jane
Not discussed: If he really believes the world needs "The Punisher 2" and if he can offer compelling evidence that anyone saw the first "Punisher."

Richard Jinman in the Guardian on Ewan McGregor
Not discussed:: Whether his "Phantom Menace" ‘do was worse than Carrie Fisher‘s signature Leia cinnamon hair rolls.

Susan King in the LA Times on Burt Reynolds
Not discussed: Alfred Hitchcock‘s alleged end-of-life fondness for "Smokey and the Bandit."

Jason Wood in the Guardian on Nicolas Roeg
Not discussed:
His favorite films (despite someone asking), though he talks about
almost everything else you’d want to know — it’s a fabulous and weighty
transcript of a live interview with later questions from the audience.

Jason Solomon in the Observer on Mario and Melvin Van Peebles
Not discussed: Whether anyone has yet to come up with a greater movie title than "Sweet Sweetback’s Baad Asssss Song."

+ The window into an actor’s secret self (LA Times)
+ Dark Star (Observer Magazine)
+ Danny Boyle (Times)
+ A few years away from acting, and suddenly Joan Chen’s playing Mom (SF Chronicle)
+ Benicio Del Toro: The unusual suspect (Independent)
+ Charles and I (Guardian)
+ Sk8er Girl in Z-Boy Land (LA Weekly)
+ GhostBoy interviews the animation genius Don Herzfeldt!!! (AICN)
+ Thomas Jane: No doubting Thomas (Independent)
+ The Guardian profile: Ewan McGregor  (Guardian)
+ Thirty years later, he’s still holding the line (LA Times)
+ His brilliant career (Guardian)
+ Baadasssss is back! (Observer)

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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.


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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