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The web — it’s the future!

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Available, autographed, for a mere $100 (shipping and handling not included)David Sterritt of the Christian Science Monitor is retiring after over 35 years (call us, kids, we’ll totally come work for you in, um, Monitoria), and in his farewell column muses about the profession that is being a full time film critic. The obligatory shout-out to us online rabble:

[S]omething everyone can agree on is the flood of new talent flowing into the field. While newspapers are on the wane in many areas, the dwindling number of first-rate print critics is more than compensated for by the growth in Internet reviewers writing for established websites or their own blogs.

Rachel Abramowitz in the LA Times profiles one of the biggest, baddest entertainment blogs around: Mark Lisanti’s Defamer. We love that Defamer has outgrown Gawker amongst the Nick Denton empire — Lisanti both outsnarks almost everyone around and is more responsible about his info, as the article outlines:

He also has real sources at all the studios with whom he checks real facts, although that standard doesn’t seem to require him to name names or even to use firsthand accounts, merely "someone who’s authoritative, or who I trust."

It goes without saying that the best Defamer feature remains the Ted Casablancas Blind Item Guessing Game, but of course it’s not libel if you’re just polling opinions, right?

Also in the LA Times (quite the weekend there), Matthew Heller discusses Heather Robinson, who was working as a $6-an-hour customer service rep at AOL, and figured out that she could access the usernames of celebrities and other industry types. So she befriended them online (figuring out that one screenwriter loved mountain bikes, she researched them and approached him through them, faking an interest), eventually using her connections to land a screenwriting gig ("The Perfect Man" is her responsibility, yes, and the more biographical and doubtless less sociopathic "E-Girl" is in the works).

Also at the LA Times (honestly, it was a good weekend), Kemp Powers writes about Sophia Stewart, the woman who claims "The Matrix" was based on her ideas and who unsuccessfully sued the Wachowski brothers for copyright infringement. Due to a poorly reported newspaper story and what Powers attributes to African Americans’ deep distrust of the media (though we feel a general tendency for people to take questionable internet sources at face value is also at work here), the story circling the web remains that Stewart actually won the suit and is now a wealthy woman.

+ ‘That’s a wrap!’ Our film critic’s farewell (CS Monitor)
+ Feeding the beast (LA Times)
+ The cyberschmoozer (LA Times)
+ The Billion-Dollar Myth (LA Times)

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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 IFC.com

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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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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…