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Polanski wins!

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"I think it was particularly hurtful as it dishonors my memory of Sharon."If it wasn’t for the fact that he’d be arrested as soon as he stepped foot on US soil, we’re sure he’d be heading to Disneyland! Roman Polanski triumphs over the libelous Vanity Fair, winning £50,000 and the satisfaction of knowing that, despite being world-renowned for bonking a thirteen-year-old, his reputation has been saved from scurrilous Condé Nast-inspired untruths regarding the lines of choice he’d use when hitting on the ladies, pre- or post-Sharon Tate‘s funeral.

In the Observer, Henry Porter, Vanity Fair‘s London editor, retorts that it was unfair that Polanski was allowed to testify via video link (he was afraid that if he appeared in London, where the trial was being held, he’d be extradited), which he felt "conferred an aura of specialness around Polanski – a man who, in his seventies, still possesses considerable charisma." Porter also insists that libel cases in the UK are weighted against the defendant, and closes by hinting at what VF editor in chief Graydon Carter, quoted in the New York Times, states full out:

I find it astonishing that a man who lives in France can be permitted to sue a magazine published in America in a British courtroom. And that he can do so without ever having to show up in person. Furthermore, as a father of four children, one of whom is a 12-year-old daughter, I find it equally outrageous that this story is considered defamatory to a man who can’t be here because he slept with a 13-year-old-girl and has been a fugitive from justice for more than a quarter of a century.

We can’t say we feel for either side — Polanski has had far worse things to worry about, reputation-wise, than some gossip dropped into an article about Elaine’s, and Vanity Fair should do a better job of fact-checking, particularly when it comes to something as possibly injurious as this. Either way, the amount of money exchanged is doubtless nominal to both parties, and the real loser here is the public, who’s been forced to endure far more information about Polanski’s personal life, which we now know included plenty of philandering and the odd threesome, than anyone dreamed possible.

Also in the Observer, Philip French muses on the man’s life along with what’s been ignored in the scuffle, his impressive body of films.

+ Polanski Wins Vanity Fair Libel Suit
(NY Times)
+ Court 13 and the weird world of Polanski and his women (Observer)
+ Director who turned his demons into art  (Observer)

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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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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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