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London swings like a lover’s moods.

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Arifa Akbar in the Independent reports that the residents of Green Street, a thriving, multi-ethnic road in east London, are not so happy about Lexi Alexander‘s depiction of their neighborhood as a hotbed of violence and football hooliganism in her upcoming film, "Green Street Hooligans".

"The makers of this movie are irresponsible," said Sir Robin Wales, the Mayor of Newham.

"They have taken the name of a vibrant, bustling, multicultural
street which is a magnet for people interested in fashion, jewellery
and food and labelled it a violence place which it is not.

"The very least the film-makers could have done was invent a fictional street and a fictional football club but all they are about is making a quick buck."

The film, which stars Elijah Wood as an American who gets pulled into a football "firm" led by Charlie Hunnam, is getting a limited release in the US September 9th. Sarah Hughes in the Observer sees "Green Street Hooligans" and the upcoming international megaproduction "Goal!" as the most prominent signs of a growing acceptance of soccer in the US, both as a sport and as eventual fodder for formulaic sports films. For Hughes

Alan Clarke’s hard-hitting "The Firm" apart, the best references to football in film have in the past come from incidental moments in other movies, "Kes" and "Gregory’s Girl," for example. With "Goal!" and "Green Street" that is set to change.

Philip French tosses in an intriguing list of the top 10 British sporting films at the bottom of the article.

And at the LA Times, Geoff Boucher checks in on "V for Vendetta," the newly shorn Natalie Portman-starring graphic novel adaptation that’s been pushed back to a March 2006 release from a scheduled November one due to the London bombings.

His background is a mystery but there are hints that he was a victim of a government biological experiment. He wears a mask of Guy Fawkes, the infamous ringleader of the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. A provincial Catholic, Fawkes wanted to kill King James I and bring down the Protestant aristocracy of England in one big bang by detonating explosives beneath the Houses of Parliament during a state event. The fascist government of the future/rebellion plot

brought the cast and crew to the very heart of the British government — between Trafalger Square and Big Ben — the first week of June with tanks and an ominous (but fake) brigade of commandos armed to teeth .

The commotion at the steps of Parliament created a stir with the attendant press and tourists but it seemed it could only generate some pre-release publicity heat. It was the first time that the British government allowed a film crew in the historical site.

"I don’t think you will ever see a film made there again," [the graphic novel illustrator David] Lloyd said with a sigh.

+ A load of pork pies: Green Street sees red at hooligan film (Independent)
+ It’s kicking off (Observer)
+ ‘V for Vendetta’ still behind mask (LA Times)

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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…