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Pride, prejudice, and other favorites.

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Presenting this year's Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy."Brokeback Mountain" trailer is here — gay cowboys! (Also, how immature are we? We’re so going to regret purposelessly attempting to camp up a by many accounts heartrending movie when it rolls into theaters and turns out to be an awards contender and we have to pretend we knew it was going to be good all along.) Karen Durbin in the New York Times has an in-detail look at the new festival favorite, while Joan Dupont checks out Takeshi Kitano‘s "Takeshis" ("his most baffling film"), which just made its debut at Venice, and Alan Riding examines another buzz film making the festival rounds, Hany Abu-Assad‘s "Paradise Now."

The papers in the UK are turning their eyes to a more homegrown film — Joe Wright‘s "Pride & Prejudice" (which also happens to be playing at Toronto) opens there next week (and here November 18), and is the much vaunted "muddy-hem version" of Jane Austen’s most beloved book, the version in which the Bennet girls stop being polite and start with the social realism, dammit. Whippersnapper Wright is also being positioned as one of the bright young things of British film, while stars Keira Knightley and, to a lesser degree, Matthew MacFadyen, are expected to make their way up the international ladder. So, the stakes are somewhat high for this production of a story that’s approaching chestnut status, soiled petticoats or not.

Robert Colvile at the Telegraph lists off the 11 screen versions of the story to date:

2003

Just as "Clueless" retold the story of "Emma" within an American high school, the little-known "Pride and Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy" saw Elizabeth Bennet as a college student, sharing a flat with her buddies Jane, Mary, Kitty and Lydia and forced to choose between roguish Wickham and young businessman Darcy. This idiosyncratic adaptation was made by and for Mormons. Fortunately, the filmmakers avoid the temptation to resolve the romantic tension between Darcy, Lizzie and the Bingley sisters by joining them together in a polygynous relationship.

(While searching for the title on IMDB, we uncovered "Pride and Extreme Prejudice,"  which stars Brian Dennehy as an unstable Cold War double agent, but unfortunately appears to have no overt Austen connections.)

John Hiscock at the Telegraph interviews Knightley, while Cassandra Jardine interviews Brenda Blethyn, who’s playing Mrs. Bennet. John Patterson at the Guardian chats with Donald Sutherland, Mr. Bennet (an odd casting choice, but we’ll wait and see how it works out), Neil Smith talks to MacFadyen at BBC News, and the London Times reruns Joanna Briscoe‘s interview with director Wright from July, along with a piece by Hannah Betts on Lauren Henderson’s "Jane Austen’s Guide to Dating." If you’re feeling brave, you can also check out an extract from the book and a quiz: "Is your man a Darcy or a Wickham?"

+ Trailer: Brokeback Mountain (Yahoo! Movies)

+ Cowboys in Love . . . With Each Other
(NY Times)
+ A Director Who Is His Own Star and Co-Star (NY Times)
+ Palestinian Film Looks at Suicide Bombers (NY Times)
+ Screen life of a romcom (Telegraph)
+ ‘Every girl is looking for her Mr Darcy’ (Telegraph)
+ ‘Ambition? I’d rather retire’ (Telegraph)
+ Total recall (Guardian)
+ Star takes pride in new Prejudice (BBC)
+ A costume drama with muddy hems (Times of London)
+ Now you can try dating, Austen style (Times of London)
+ Extract: Jane Austen guide to men, love and sex (Times of London)
+ Quiz: Is your man a Darcy or a Wickham? (Times of London)

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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…