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Incoming: Promising Sundance stragglers, spelling bees.

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Max Minghella, Juliette Binoche, Flora Cross and Richard GereTrailers: One for "Bee Season," unabashed Oscar-bait (not always a bad thing), with Juliette Binoche, Richard Gere, Max "son of Anthony" Minghella, and precocious, adorable newcomer Flora Cross as members of a troubled family (and somethingerother about spelling bees), here. Young Mr. Minghella’s one to watch for — he’s also just wrapped Terry Zwigoff’s "Art School Confidential," sure to be a, well, awesome, and snarky hit with the arthouse kids. One for "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang," a noir/Hollywood satire with Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer that’s been tossed around as one of the major potential award season contenders, and which looks pretty damn good from the trailer, here. One for "Keane," Lodge Kerrigan‘s reportedly difficult but worthwhile look into the life of a schizophrenic (with a raved-about performance by Damian Lewis), here. And two remnants from Sundance, both with good buzz: "Forty Shades of Blue," Ira Sachs‘ story of an aging Memphis record producer (Rip Torn) and his much-younger Russian girlfriend (Dina Korzun) that walked away with the Grand Jury Prize for drama (trailer’s here); and "Nine Lives," Rodrigo García‘s (who’s ever fond of the vignettes about women) set of stories about nine women, each getting an uncut scene of their own (trailer’s here).

Elsewhere: via indieWIRE, Strand Releasing’s picked up the rights to Dominik Moll’s "Lemming," this year’s Cannes opener (oh, we kill ourselves). Via Reuters, Jeffrey Blitz, who directed hit doc "Spellbound," is about to start shooting an indie feature ("Rocket Science") about a similar topic, high school debating. Via Empire, French actor Gaspard Ulliel, who recently nuzzled with Emmanuelle Béart‘s neck in "Strayed" as well as Audrey Tautou‘s in "A Very Long Engagement," is rumored to be in talks to play the young Hannibal Lector in Peter Webber‘s "Silence of the Lambs" prequel (in which Gong Li‘s already been cast).

And, via Roger Vincent in the LA Times, Marvel Enterprises Inc. is all set to tear off its shirt and mildly rip it’s purple pants in its transformation to its new, improved, media-conglomerate self: Marvel Entertainment Inc.! Why, you ask? Because Marvel’s finally raised to the money to produce films itself, rather than farming out its characters to be made into franchises. One might argue that it’s a little late for Marvel to move into the field, as, besides Captain America (who Marvel chief exec Avi Arad calls the "Holy Grail" of comic book characters ready for their film adaptation), the pickings seems a little slim:

Marvel characters set to join Captain America in the movies are the
Avengers, Nick Fury, Black Panther, Ant-Man, Cloak & Dagger, Dr.
, Hawkeye, Power Pack and Shang-Chi.


+ Trailer: Bee Season (Apple)
+ Trailer: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (Apple)
+ Trailer: Keane (Magnolia)
+ Trailer: Forty Shades of Blue (Official Site)
+ Trailer: Nine Lives (Magnolia)
+ Strand Releasing Takes U.S. Rights to Cannes ’05 Opener "Lemming" (indieWIRE)
+ Spellbound’ director enrolls in ‘Science’ class (Reuters)
+ A Very Odd Obtainment (Empire)
+ Marvel to make movies based on comic books (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

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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