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The rest of it: Wednesday.

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Sakda Kaewbuadee and Banlop LomnoiVia the BBC, Deepa Mehta‘s "Water" (which will complete the trilogy she started with 1996’s controversial "Fire" and 1998’s controversial "Earth") will open this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. It may not surprise you to hear that "Water" already generated its own share of controversy. The film follows the lives of Hindu widows, and filming was abandoned in India five years ago after the set was attacked and burned by protesters who felt it distorted Indian culture (there’s a first-hand account from one of the camera assistants over at Bright Lights). More TIFF titles announcements are here.

At indieWIRE, Anthony Kaufman informs us that it’s been a tough year for foreign films at the box office too.

Jessica Winters of the Village Voice plays compare and contrast with "War of the Worlds" and Scientology tome "Dianetics," while Chuck Stephens interviews director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, whose "Tropical Malady" opens in New York today.

The LA Times‘ Rachel Abramowitz and John Horn round up the growing number of films dealing, either directly or indirectly, with 9/11.

And two older stories we didn’t post about before but which are certainly worth a look — Caryn James in the New York Times on sorting through the bric-a-brac of Marlon Brando‘s life:

In a long typewritten letter, Kerouac asks Brando to "buy ON THE ROAD
and make a movie of it." He adds, "you play Dean and I’ll play Sal."
Too bad that potentially hilarious buddy movie was never made.

And Christina Patterson at the Independent chats with Michael Winterbottom at a screening of his newest film, "A Cock and Bull Story," based on Laurence Sterne’s pretty much unfilmable (and, some would argue, unreadable) novel "Tristram Shandy."

+ Hindu widows film opens festival (BBC)
+ The Downfall: Foreign Language Hits Are Few and Far Between in 2005 (indieWIRE)
+ Mystery Scientology Theater (Village Voice)
+ The Rupture (Village Voice)
+ Post-9/11 anxieties influence spate of films (LA Times)
+ The Outtakes of Brando’s Large Life (NY Times)
+ A taste of Shandy (Independent)

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Final Countdown

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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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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…