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Odds: Friday – “Elizabethtown” in Elizabethtown, hipster Harry Potter.

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"Rock stars have kidnapped my son! "Clayton Collins of the ever-enigmatic Christian Science Monitor stops by Elizabethtown, KY for the opening weekend of Cameron Crowe’s "Elizabethtown."

Opening weekend had the town abuzz – sort of. Screenings here this
summer, attended by Mr. Crowe, took the edge off the excitement. Talks
with residents revealed a blend of ambivalence, mild pride, and
widespread relief that they hadn’t been rendered as backwoods

Sarah Hepola at Slate wonders at Crowe’s extreme attachment to his mother, who, among other things, "more or less co-chairs the ‘Almost Famous’ director’s commentary."

Film Force digs up a rumor that the wizard band The Weird Sisters in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" will be played by Jonny Greenwood
and Phil Selway (Radiohead), Jarvis Cocker (Pulp), Steve Claydon (Add N
to (X)
), and Jason Buckle, and that the group will have three songs on the soundtrack.

Wesley Morris at the Boston Globe suggests you may have missed Wednesday night’s airing of the Black Movie Awards, and kindly recaps them for you ("Cedric the Entertainer hosted the classy 90-minute show, which is not
to be confused with the 36-year-old NAACP Image Awards (more prestige)
or the five-year-old BET Awards (fewer clothes).")

According to the Hollywood Reporter‘s Tatiana Siegel, everyone’s speculating as to the real-life inspirations for Craig Lucas"The Dying Gaul," which involves a love triangle of sorts between a closeted and manipulative studio head (Campbell Scott), his wife (Patricia Clarkson) and a young writer (our beloved Peter Sarsgaard). Butter wouldn’t melt in Lucas’ (publicist forewarned? Isn’t gossip fun?) mouth:

"When I wrote it, people said, ‘Oh that’s about so and so,’ and I went,
‘Oh really?’ " Lucas says. "I did not write this movie about anybody
real. I’ve known a lot of bisexual people. There are a lot of bisexual
people in the world."

Gene Seymour at the LA Times just doesn’t get "The Big Lebowski" (speaking of, New Yorkers: Lebowskifest NY is this weekend).

There are new issues of Senses of Cinema and Filmmaker magazine up: David Hudson at Greencine Daily most elegantly (as always) breaks them down here and here.

And we leave you with The Onion: "Study Reveals Pittsburgh Unprepared For Full-Scale Zombie Attack":

Federal Undead Management Agency spokesperson Dr. Sheena Aurora
downplayed the ZPI report, arguing that zombies move slowly and can be
easily overpowered. Aurora advised citizens to look over their
shoulders frequently, adding that a large shopping mall can serve as a
"long-term, even fun" refuge from zombies.

Have an excellent weekend, all.

+ How ‘Elizabethtown’ played in Elizabethtown (CS Monitor)
+ Mother Superior (Slate)
+ Radiohead for Harry Potter (Film Force)
+ The Black Movie Awards. Amen! (Boston Globe)
+ Lucas has the ‘Gaul’ to leave studio world (HR)
+ We’ve got just one question: Why, Dude? (LA Times)
+ Senses of Cinema. 37. (Greencine Daily)
+ Filmmaker. Fall 05. (Greencine Daily)
+ Study Reveals Pittsburgh Unprepared For Full-Scale Zombie Attack (Onion)

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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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