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The rest of it: Wednesday.

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Mark Ruffalo and Rory Culkin in 'You Can Count On Me'Quick, watch these: trailers for Terry Gilliam’s "The Brothers Grimm" (here) and Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s "MirrorMask" (here).

Ellin Stein at the Indepedent asks "To subtitle or not to subtitle?" when it comes to thick UK accents. We’ve never had a problem understanding English/Scottish/Irish accents, but we do recall walking out of "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and hearing the couple behind us bickering over whose idea it was to see a movie they "couldn’t understand a word of."

What went wrong with "Cinderella Man"? It seemed perfectly calculated to be a solid grown-up hit across the country and possible Oscar whatever, but two weeks in it’s stalled out at a mere $34.6 million, after costing a reported $88 million to make, not to mention heavily market. "There are hardly words to describe how we all feel. I feel like crying," producer Brian Grazer tells Sharon Waxman at the New York Times. The piece is a general shrug (of Hollywood exec sadness), so we’d like to bring up some theories being thrown around as to the film’s failure: Russell Crowe Did It (telephone throwing incident ignited the outrage of a nation, led to unspoken boycott); It’s the Downloaders’ Fault (why not continue to demonize?); and It Just Looks as Dull as Depression -Era Dishwater. At the Hot Button, David Poland has a far more numbers- and industry-driven analysis of the film’s failure.

And some interviews: There’s a particularly interesting and funny one with Mark Ruffalo that covers the many bumps in his road to stardom. Check this:

One night in 2001 he dreamed that he had a brain tumour, and the dream was so unusual in its atmosphere and clarity that he went
to the doctor. It turned out that he did have a brain tumour. "It
wasn’t like divine intervention in any way, though that’s how some
people explained it to me. I tell you, I was so desperate to get better
after my surgery that I tried everything – energy healers, acupuncture,
craniosacral therapy, everything, everything. There was nothing I
wouldn’t have tried."

That was right after 2000’s "You Can Count On Me," his breakthrough after years of slogging it out in L.A. Anyway, IFC News’ Andrea Meyer has a Q & A with Miranda July, and Alastair McKay in the London Times talks to Kelly MacDonald, who had quite the breakthrough of her own back in 1996, with her film debut as Ewan McGregor‘s underaged hookup Diane in "Trainspotting."

+ Trailer: The Brothers Grimm (Moviefone)
+ Trailer: MirrorMask (Yahoo)
+ Scottish and Northern Irish characters beware (Independent)
+ Universal Rethinks Boxing Film Plan (NY Times)
+ June 15, 2005 (The Hot Button)
+ Out of the traps (Guardian)
+ Miranda July on "Me and You and Everyone We Know" (IFC News)
+ Kelly Macdonald (Times)

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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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