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Everyone loves Tony.

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"I have a secret to tell you. Will you leave with me?"

How does he respond when you ask for help?

He ignores me.

That would be Tony Leung on his working relationship with Wong Kar-wai in Mark Olsen‘s quick Q&A with him in the LA Times, and if we seem a little hung up on the two of them, take a gander at some of the interviews done when Leung was in town not so long ago. Olsen’s piece is straightforward and smart, but Stephanie Zacharek‘s at Salon is adorably fangirlish:

I studied Tony Leung’s eyebrows intently in the 15-plus-15 minutes I had with him, and I can attest to their almost mystical properties. I’m deeply embarrassed to admit that, very early in the interview, I started to ask Leung a question about "In the Mood for Love" — a picture I adore — only to realize I couldn’t for the life of me remember its title. I riffled through every secret hiding place in my brain for the correct arrangement of words, but it was nowhere to be found. This mortifying blip lasted for an interminable 20 seconds or so (although the stumbling, stupid silence on the interview tape seems to go on for 20 minutes), after which I had the good sense to make a complete moron of myself by consulting the IMDb printout I’d brought with me.

Karen Durbin in the New York Times gathers fond comments from Zhang Ziyi and Maggie Cheung in her Sunday profile of the man.

On the topic of Cheung, Andrea Meyer here at IFC News managed an interview with her when she was here as the guest of honor at the Asian American International Film Festival:

What would you have done if you hadn’t become an actress?

I would have been a hairdresser. It was something I was about to do it before I started acting. I would have gone for it if acting didn’t come along. I might have been the person doing Maggie Cheung’s hair for five hours on "In the Mood for Love."

Clearly, still a little testy over that, though we would be too if we’d had to have our hair teased into a 60s updo every day for 15 months.

And in a slightly older profile with WKW himself by Scott Timberg in the LA Times, we get the final pieces of a portrait of what it would be like to work with the director:

When one of the actors in 1997’s "Happy Together" — a doomy, Manuel
Puig-inspired gay love story shot in Buenos Aires — had to return to
Hong Kong for military service, Wong’s crew came to the base pretending
to be family and taped a voice-over. As last-minute script changes led
to actors’ being cut from the film after flying halfway across the
world, the cast was jokingly dubbed the "casualty list." The film, for
all its angst, won Wong best director at Cannes.

To summarize: no script, no storyline to start with beyond a basic concept (subject to change), little feedback, galaxies of footage shot, an obsession with 60s glamour and beauty, a refusal to discuss his personal life at all with the iconic actor he’s worked with for 15 years, many cigarettes, and the sunglasses always stay on. ♥.

+ He knows characters (LA Times)
+ In the mood for Leung (Salon)
+ Still in the Mood for a Collaboration (NY Times)
+ "I would have been a hairdresser": Q&A with Maggie Cheung (IFC News)
+ Hong Kong’s poet of regret (LA 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.


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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