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Hooray for Harveywood.

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"Someday - and that day may never come - I'll call upon you to do a service for me."Honestly, we didn’t realize that the Weinsteins had ever made efforts to purchase IFC, and/or our once sister network, Bravo, but today’s Variety (subscription only, but a similar story’s up on Broadcasting & Cable) reports that they’ve apparently moved on, and are in talks to buy fellow Rainbow network Fuse. The Weinsteins have long been longing to get into the cable-network biz, and, now that they’re on their way to a network of their own, reportedly "envision the channel as a mix of ‘lifestyle’ shows and movies, aimed more broadly than the 18-34 demographic Fuse targets."

We can’t help but feel rejected, rather like a high school girl who won’t put out and then gets dumped for Stockard Channing. Or are we mixing our metaphors? Then again:

Industry executives say that the Weinsteins see Fuse as a "tear-down" and are more interested in the network’s 38 million basic subscribers than in its strategy of "More Music. Less Crappy TV," as its slogan goes.

Meanwhile, Anne Thompson at the Hollywood Reporter writes that Gwyneth Paltrow and Johnny Depp, sensing that their films "Proof" and "The Libertine" were in danger of falling into the post-Weinstein Miramax pit of despair, have joined with their studios to sink every claw possible into Harvey to keep him on board for awards season.

["The Libertine"]’s filmmakers…were not going to allow their
hard-won indie movie to be thrown out with the Miramax bath water. "The
moment that the decision came down that the movie was going out in this
period of time with so many films and one-ninth of the staff, our
imperative was to get this movie released as it should be," [Russ] Smith says.

"Proof," which also stars Anthony Hopkins and Jake Gyllenhaal, has good advance buzz and seems somewhere along the lines of "A Beautiful Mind" meets "Possession," making it an easier Oscar pitch than "The Libertine," which has apparently already been slapped with an NC-17 for being naughty.

Either way, it looks like Disney’s Miramax is going to be shelling out to rehire Harvey as a consultant for the two films come fall, which puts Harvey totally on top in their post-breakup machinations, something he clearly knows:

[W]hat Harvey Weinstein boasts in spades, and the new Miramax still lacks, is that special Oscar mojo. During this transition period, Disney had no choice but to do turn to Harvey for help with "Proof" and "The Libertine." It’s been a "pleasure" working with the Disney team during this time, Harvey Weinstein says.

+ Weinsteins Seek Pulp Fusion (Broadcasting & Cable)
+ Stars call Weinstein for post-Miramax help (HR)

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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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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…