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060105_gainsbourgAn ordinance by the Indian government banning on-screen smoking has Bollywood all in a kerfuffle. Starting August 1, there will be no smoking allowed either in films or on television, and older films and programs will have to display a health warning when a person who is smoking appears on the screen, in a vain attempt to counteract the fact that it just looks so cool.

In the Independent, David Thomson suggests that the only way to appreciate Antonioni‘s greatest works is to seem all of his films leading up to them in order. Also in the Independent, a look at the relative effectiveness of getting one’s set exorcised/blessed/spiritually cleansed:

[W]hen Tony Kaye was trying to get his own cut of "American History X" approved, the director took a priest, a Rabbi and a Buddhist monk to the meeting with him…to no avail. God may have been on Kaye’s side, but he still didn’t get the cut he wanted.

In the Telegraph, a history of Warp Films, the small UK production house that started off as a record label specializing in electronica. Warp will be releasing the much, much, much anticipated six-minute Chris Cunningham short "Rubber Johnny,"  which looks SICK and TOTALLY AWESOME. Ahem. Cunningham money quote: "There’s an exploding head in ‘Rubber Johnny’ which is just a tangerine and Plasticine with a banger inside it. And I love that because I did
it in my kitchen, but I still think it looks more creepy than if you’d done it with a computer."

And the Onion AV Club gives the lamer Batman villains their moment in the sun, since the KGBeast won’t be appearing on a screen near you no matter how much "Batman Begins" grosses.

+ Bollywood bans on-screen smoking (Guardian)
+ Get ’em while you can – a master craftsman’s work in full (Independent)
+ The exorcists (Independent)
+ Cheap but never cheerful (Telegraph)
+ Rogue’s Gallery Runoff (Onion AV Club)

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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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