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The rest of it: Thursday.

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Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Alan Tudyk, Gina Torres, Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher and Summer GlauWe’re headed to an off-site tomorrow, and may not be around to post. So we’d like to take a moment to point out for horror fans that IFC’s set visit and making-of special on "Land of the Dead" debuts this Sunday and airs throughout the month — you can check times here.

Glenn Collins in the New York Times pays a visit to the new Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, and it sounds pretty awesome:

Still, from the start, ["The Producers" exec. producer] Sanger said, he was impressed by Steiner’s 35 and 45-feet "grid heights," the space between a stage and the top of a lighting grid, because they made it easier to shoot large dance scenes.

"If our cameras tipped up during a shot, you didn’t see the ceiling," he said. "A 45-foot grid — this is a standard that you only see in Hollywood stages." Having the production’s studio, office and support space under one roof also saved money, Mr. Sanger said.

Kim Zetter at Wired News looks over Jason Scott‘s "BBS: The Documentary," a five and a half hour film about the early days of the internet. Scott is releasing the doc under a Creative Commons license, and it looks like he’s distributing the DVDs himself. Hard core, yo.

The LA Times Christine N. Ziemba profiles Triggerstreet.com, an online filmmaker community that’s actually an offshoot of Kevin Spacey‘s production company, Trigger Street Productions. Aspiring screenwriters can have their work reviewed and rated by their peers, though to get your work looked at you have to review others’ first.

The New York Times Caryn James has a complete fluff piece about losers and failures being more popular, film and television-wise, than success stories these days. We’re not buying the "trend" on the basis of the examples: new HBO series "The Comeback," last year’s "Napoleon Dynamite," and "Second Best," a film starring Joe Pantoliano that’s getting an extremely limited release. These are hardly indicative of some mainstream trend (and anyway, the figures they’re talking about have been the stuff of literature for an eternity), and wouldn’t "Sideways" be a better example of grandiose loserdom? Or, for that matter, Sam Raimi’s two "Spider-Man" films, which cemented his place as nerdiest superhero around? Anyway…

The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Neva Chonin stops by an advance screening of Joss Whedon‘s "Serenity," and details the rabid fan-base the TV series "Firefly" had, and how they managed to get both a DVD release of the show after Fox canned it as well as convince Universal Pictures that a movie would be worthwhile. And yes, we’re big ol’ "Firefly" dorks. Sigh.

+ Lights, Camera, Brooklyn! (NY Times)
+ How Humble BBS Begat Wired World (Wired News)
+ Linked to a green light (LA Times)
+ New On-Screen Losers Are Winning a Following (NY Times)
+ When Fox canceled ‘Firefly,’ it ignited an Internet fan base whose burning desire for more led to ‘Serenity’ (SF Chronicle)

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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.

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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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