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Maggie Cheung as Emily WangThis year’s Asian American International Film Festival has an entire program devoted to the cinematic divinity that is Maggie Cheung, kicking off with her appearing in a one-on-one with Film Comment‘s Editor-at-Large Kent Jones at the Walter Reade Theater. The AAIFF is opening with "Clean," her second film with now ex-husband, French director Olivier Assayas. "Clean" is opening in the UK this Friday (it won’t open here until September), and both the Guardian and the Independent have interviews with Cheung.

"Somehow, it’s difficult to imagine that Maggie Cheung is a real person," Steve Rose starts off in the Guardian. After outlining all of her untouchable screen goddess roles, he points out that "Clean" may be the first film Cheung has appeared in in which she actually resembles a real person, albeit an extra-glamorous rock star-ish person undertaking the harrowing journey from heroin addiction back to normal life. Assayas essentially wrote the film for Cheung (she won the best actress prize at Cannes last year for her role in the film, though otherwise word on it has been that it’s disappointing compared to Assayas’ previous, more narratively innovative (or bizarre) work), and Rose goes into the details of the pair’s strange pan-global relationship (whatever they say, Wong Kar-Wai was so responsible for their separation, though we’re not complaining — it resulted in "In the Mood for Love"), which started around the time they made 1996’s "Irma Vep" together, and ended with them signing divorce papers on the set of "Clean."

Jonathan Romney in the Independent focuses more on her career path, from her South London childhood to her return to Hong Kong as a model and eventual actress, to her big break playing Jackie Chan’s girlfriend May in 1985’s "Police Story," to her work with Wong and with Assayas. She talks about wanting to give singing a try after a few scenes in the studio in "Clean," though Romney says "To be honest, judging by her dour, Nico-ish moan when singing as Emily in the film, she might be advised to hold on to the day job for a while yet; in any case, it seems to be holding up just fine."

+ The final cut (Guardian)
+ Maggie Cheung: The Lady Is A Vamp (Independent)

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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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