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Odds: Monday — CinemaScope, Vengeance.

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Fauxhawk?In honor of the 70mm Series at the Castro Theater, G. Allen Johnson in the San Francisco Chronicle writes up a brief history of CinemaScope (glorious CinemaScope!). Incidentally, Wong Kar Wai’s "2046," which opens here, finally, this Friday, was shot in ‘Scope, and looks unbelievably rich — even if you sprung for the DVD a year ago, it’s worth the theater experience.

At the London Times, Joanna Brisco talks to director Joe Wright about his desires to avoid froufiness and empire waist dresses ("I think people look like balloons in them," — word, Joe, word) in his upcoming "Pride & Prejudice" adaptation, which sounds like Jane Austen by way of Ken Loach.

La Manohla on the Museum of the American West’s Sergio Leone exhibit:

The actor also lent the gun grip and boots that he had borrowed from "Rawhide," which are exhibited alongside the poncho. Almost three decades later, Mr. Eastwood wore these same boots in one of his contributions as a director to the revisionist western, "Unforgiven." Mr. Eastwood wears very large boots.


Lynn Hirschberg in the New York Times Magazine has the long profile on Jim Jarmusch, while Richard Corliss and James Inverne at Time have the long profile on Terry Gilliam.

And Park Chan-wook’s "Oldboy" follow-up "Sympathy For Lady Vengeance" had a record-breaking opening weekend in Korea (there’s a review here), while Tsui Hark’s "Seven Swords" didn’t do as well in China. Both will screen at Venice.

+ The Big Picture (San Francisco Chronicle)
+ Austin Antics (Times of London)
+ Saluting Father of Spaghetti Westerns (NY Times)
+ The Last of the Indies (NY Times Magazine)
+ Terry’s Flying Circus (Time)
+ ‘Vengeance’ Is Sweet at Box Office (Korea Times)
+ Seven Swords Lukewarm at Box Office (CRI)

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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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