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The rest of it: Wednesday.

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Swimming With SharksOur favorite piece of the day — John Horn in the LA Times on the strange summer of Miramax. Miramax is infamous for acquiring films and sitting on them (see "Prozac Nation," "Shaolin Soccer," the fact that they just sold 2001’s "Pulse" to Magnolia after buying the US rights years ago and not releasing the film). This summer is seeing a whole flood of films that have been shelved being dusted off and reintroduced to society, some of them oddities that were clearly set aside for a reason ("Deep Blue" looks to be a non-IMAX IMAX movie with a voice-over provided by James Bond). Bob admits as much:

Even though the company has cut its workforce in half, Bob Weinstein says Miramax has the experience, expertise and personnel to market and distribute every movie successfully. While he won’t single out any titles, he does admit some of the postponed movies may not be very good.

In the Toronto Star, Peter Howell talks to "The Aristocrats" director Paul Provenza about his first non-encounter with the film’s central joke: Buddy Hackett told the joke during a commercial break on "The Tonight Show," so that viewers, including a young Provenza, were greeted when the show returned by Johnny Carson, unable to speak, bent over with laughter for five minutes, as the studio audience and the band howled along with him.

In the Telegraph, Mark Monahan talks to "South Park"‘s Matt Stone and Trey Parker about their picks of films that were influential to their work ("Babe" and "A Christmas Story") and takes a moment before realizing that no, they’re not being ironic.

In the Globe and Mail, Guy Dixon wonders if the extensive mythology-creating campaign for DJ mockumentary "It’s All Gone Pete Tong" has eclipsed the film itself. Director Michael Dowse grumbles:

I think [Matson Films] did a good job, being a small distribution company, and I think they did the right thing trying to promote it this way. But I’m sort of sick of lying about it [that is, about Wilde’s being alive].

(Take at look at the interview he did with IFC News, for instance.)

The Sydney Morning Herald‘s Alexa Moses writes about Michela Ledwidge‘s "Sanctuary," "the world’s first remixable film." Beside the conventional print of the 15-minute short, there will be elements of the film online and on DVD, so that people can manipulate the sound, storyboards, performance, etc.

And the Guardian has lengthy transcripts of two live interviews: there’s Bonnie Greer talking to Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène; and Lord Puttnam interviewing Jane Fonda.

+ Weinsteins clear the shelf at Miramax (LA Times)
+ Shocks, guffaws heart of big joke (Toronto Star)
+ Film-makers on film: Matt Stone and Trey Parker (Telegraph)
+ Spinal Tap for the Rave Set (Globe and Mail)
+ Mixing movies at home (Sydney Morning Herald)
+ Ousmane Sembène (Guardian)
+ Jane Fonda (Guardian)

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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 IFC.com

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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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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…