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Real live film critics unite.

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"I've never gotten much pressure to write short or get quoted in ads."A moment of silence, please, for David Manning, the fake film critic invented by Sony to spout pullquotes during a feckless year spanning the summers of 2000 and 2001. Nothing failed to please Dave. Heath Ledger in "A Knight’s Tale"? "This year’s hottest new star!" (And who’s to argue?) Kevin Bacon turns into a gropey invisible guy flick "Hollow Man"? "One hell of a scary ride". (And certainly we were frightened by the odd fantasy-fulfillment voyeur/rape angle that was greenlighted as summer blockbuster-worthy.) Rob Schneider vehicle "The Animal"? "Another winner!" (And there are some things we can’t condone.)

Well, now, according to BBC, fans have (sort-of) won a class-action lawsuit against Sony (i.e. they settled, and Sony accepts no liability). Anyone misled by a Manning quote into seeing a film will be able to receive a $5 refund from Sony, as part of a $1.5 million settlement. No word yet on how you’ll be able to sign up to receive your fiver, which, if you beat up someone else and also took theirs, would almost be enough to buy a movie ticket in New York to see some brand new, quality Sony/Columbia Tristar release, like "Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo."

Oh course, not everyone has it as good as Mr. Manning. Not everyone is lucky enough to just be invented and have one’s gushing praise slapped up on a poster for all to admire. Some people actually have to work their way up the ladder. Which is to say, Slate‘s David Edelstein is interviewed over at, and you should go read it. We always pictured him as glasses-wearing, for some reason.

+ Fans win $1.5m over fake critic (BBC)
+ Reel Time With David Edelstein (

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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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