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Odds: Tuesday – Too sincere? Too insincere?

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Steve CooganKen Tucker at New York magazine ponders what he labels "The ‘Elizabethtown’ conundrum" — that would be that the whole Nouveau Sincerity thing is all well, good and totally in right now, but sometimes things become so drippy that we find ourselves inspired to commit acts of violence. Or, as he more succinctly puts it, "sincerity is a tricky quality to put over in these snarky times."

Neva Chonin at the San Francisco Chronicle offers a flipside of sorts to the Tucker piece: she found herself uncomfortably in a crowd that was, she felt, inappropriately laughing throughout David Cronenberg‘s "A History of Violence."

What was going through the Metreon crowd’s collective head when it guffawed at multiple killings, one pseudo-rape, several beatings and a bundle of well-acted emotional trauma? And what does it mean that I was one of only a handful in the house who found this disturbing? Me, the gore queen. I slouched in my little aisle seat, grumpy and afraid.

Mark Caro at the Chicago Tribune talks to Susan Sarandon about all the shit she’s had to take because of her political beliefs. S’depressing. Less so are Rupert Everett‘s comments to Matea Gold in the LA Times:

"I just am in despair about show business lately and the world in general," the British actor declared, morosely picking at a fruit plate on a recent fall morning. "We’ve all turned into greedy, envious, paranoid monsters in society, really."

Getting too old for plum lead roles, darling? Oh, we love him, and we imagine he’s had a terrible time finding non-evil or non-flaming-comic-relief roles, but come now! That’s no reason to look like shit in front of the reporter and bash "MTV Cribs" like some has-been on the way back to rehab.

And John Mullan  at the Guardian discusses the enduring appeal of Laurence Sterne’s "Tristram Shandy," which is sort-of adapted to film in Michael Winterbottom‘s "A Cock and Bull Story." As wee English majors, we soon discovered that "Tristram Shandy" was second only to "Finnegan’s Wake" in terms of texts you could cite all over the place, comfortable with the fact  that no one else had read them either. But after watching Winterbottom’s warm-hearted film, we checked the text out from the library to give it the old post-college try, so inspired were we. It’s still sitting on our bedside table, but hell, that’s something.

+ How Sincere Is Too Sincere? (New York)
+ LIVE! RUDE! GIRL! (SF Chronicle)
+ Susan Sarandon’s ‘incredible sense of loneliness’ (Chicago Tribune)
+ The mad world of Rupert Everett (LA Times)
+ A taste of Shandy (Guardian)

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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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