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The rest: Tuesday – Geeks, conspiracies, O.D.’s.

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A CIA plot to overthrow governments by use of uninteresting filmmaking?Tomorrow: we try to digest the overwhelming flood of festival coverage coming at us from all directions. For now:

There’s a new issue of Firecracker up — we can’t keep up with those kids. Do take a look, this issue steps away from the more typically discussed figures of Asian cinema (we’re looking at you, Park Chan-wook) to cover filmmakers and films that are harder to come across, including some from Malaysia and the Philippines.

Geoff Pevere in the Toronto Star finds himself once again dreading the approach of the Toronto International Film Festival:

So why the heebie jeebies? Because along with the old-fashioned geek joy, the film festival means subjecting myself to a powerfully counterintuitive process: spending weeks in the company of people like myself.

For two-and-a-half weeks, movie critics sit together pre-screening the festival’s movies. Then, during the festival itself, even more critics (from around the world) sit together to watch even more movies. It is therefore possible for a movie critic to see practically no other form of humanoid other than movie critics for nearly five weeks.

This cannot be healthy. Apart from depressed teenagers, sociopaths and herding dogs, there may be no more oblivious or single-minded creature in Christendom than the movie critic.

According to David Blair at the Telegraph, the state-controlled press in Zimbabwe claims that Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn were part of a CIA plot to oust President Robert Mugabe. The two starred together in "The Interpreter," a film that concerned an assassination attempt on a fictional African dictator bearing many resemblances to Mugabe. We’re not clear as to how the film would lead to Mugabe’s downfall, but neither we, nor, it seems, anyone working at Mugabe’s paper, actually saw it.

Via the AP, autopsy reports on Domino Harvey, the inspiration for Tony Scott‘s upcoming film "Domino," reveal that she died of an overdose of Fentanyl, a powerful painkiller.

And Tim Dowling at the Guardian charts the career paths of six big UK film stars (well, Elizabeth Hurley was never quite a big film star), literally. There are PDFs. Huzzah!

+ Issue 10 (Firecracker)
+ Geeks are best critics (Toronto Star)
+ Harare loses the plot over Kidman film (Telegraph)
+ Painkiller Is Blamed in Harvey Death (AP)
+ What goes up must come down (Guardian)

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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…