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Smokin’! All the gossip Toronto has to offer.

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All we can say is, we hope it's worth it.It ain’t much. The scandal du jour: "Thank You for Smoking," the feature directorial debut of Jason Reitman (son of "Ghostbusters" director Ivan Reitman), a satire (based on a novel by Christopher Buckley) starring Aaron Eckhart as a tobacco company spokesman who has to balance the constant corporate spin required by his job with being a good father and role model for his 12-year-old son, has apparently been sold. Twice. Paramount Classics and Fox Searchlight are both claiming to have picked up distribution rights to the film, though it’s looking like Fox Searchlight will prevail, since they’ve already banged out a press release.

Eugene Hernandez at indieWIRE started on this story yesterday, and updates it here, and did Ian Mohr at Variety. Sharon Waxman at the New York Times and John Clark at the LA Times weighed in today, and both pull a random assortment of quotes from varying industry figures. For those who prefer their Indiewood machinations only lightly sketched out (wise), we’ll summarize:

1. "Thank You for Smoking" was produced by David O. Sacks, one of the founders of Paypal, who sold out to eBay and scurried off to live a particular version of the American dream — running around Hollywood throwing money at people one deems worthy of making movies, with the understanding that they’ll have to take notes from you and pretend to like them.

2. Paramount and Fox were competing for the film. Paramount’s people hammered out a late night handshake deal with Sacks, took him out to dinner, considered it done.

3. Sacks then reopened negotiations with Fox, eventually actually signing a contract with them for a reported $6-7 million.

4. Paramount’s feelings are hurt — they were, like, totally there first! Fox is all, we have it in ink, bitches! Then Paramount’s like, well, gentlemen’s agreement?! They promised! And Fox is like, oh, how sad, why don’t you dry your tears on our signed contract, huh?

Needless Weinstein quote (from the New York Times):

"I’m not in this one," protested Harvey Weinstein, who was arriving to watch the film for his post-Miramax venture, the Weinstein Company. "I’ll leave that to the younger guys."

Damn right, Harvey, you wouldn’t have put up with this bullshit, much less let it ride out for more than a day. Anyway, none of this will matter much to anyone in the end, other than aspiring filmmakers who’ll find themselves having to provide a credit check, copy of their birth certificate, and signature in blood (notarized) in order to sell their movies in the future. Mostly, it’s garnering much press for "Thank You for Smoking."

And who are we not to reward them for that? Here’s Kirk Honeycutt‘s review of the film for the Hollywood Reporter, Carina Chocano‘s interview with star Eckhart for the LA Times and Simon Houpt’s interview with director Reitman at the Globe and Mail.

+ Reitman’s "Smoking" Apparently Acquired; Fox Searchlight and Paramount Classics Each Claiming Separate Deals (indieWIRE)
+ Amidst Buzz and Rumors, Paramount Continues To Assert It Owns "Thank You For Smoking" (indieWIRE)
+ A deal is a deal. . .unless it isn’t (Variety)

+ Competing Studios Claim Rights to the Same Film (NY Times)
+ Huffing and puffing over ‘Smoking’s’ undone deal (LA Times)
+ Thank You for Smoking (HR)
+ Playing a character you’ll hate to love (LA Times)
+ Ivan Reitman: The Sequel (Globe and Mail)

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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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