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Or lack thereof. This past Friday, Paramount Pictures announced that Oliver Stone will be directing what will be the first high-profile film about 9/11, based on the actual events surrounding the rescue of two police officers (one of whom will be played by Nicolas Cage) trapped in the rubble (for details on what happened, see Rebecca Liss’ 2002 report in Slate).

Rachel Abramowitz in the LA Times has an overview of the fears many are already expressing that Stone, who’s been known to make the odd inflammatory political statement and come up with the occasional revisionist conspiracy theory, will, oh, pour vinegar on the still gaping wound in our national psyche. Others, like Slate‘s Mickey Kaus, seem less worried that the film will be controversial than that it will simply be bad (and, despite the fact that it will almost certainly be timed to hit theaters around the fifth anniversary of the attacks, will anyone really want to watch it?). Renee Graham in the Boston Globe defends the choice of Stone as a director.

As for us, we’re having a hard time getting hot under the collar about this. Stone’s been off his game for quite a while now ("Alexander" was so good-bad it was almost bad-bad again, but our infinite appetite for kitsch saved it for us), and even then, the subject matter is still so tender we can’t imagine that he would (or could, given the story arc) have the balls to use the film to make political jabs. If anything, the film will probably be boring, with Nicolas Cage running around, furrowing his brow into the shape of an Oscar.

+ Stone, Cage to Team Up on Film About 9/11 (AP)
+ An Unlikely Hero (Slate)
+ Stone assesses Sept. 11 project (LA Times)
+ Keep Oliver Stone Away from 9/11! (Slate)
+ How will Stone’s history play 9/11? (Boston Globe)

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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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