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Philip Seymour Hoffman wants his Oscar.Speaking of prestige films, check out how no less than J. Hoberman bellies up to the table for a one-on-one with George Clooney on "Good Night, and Good Luck" for the Village Voice:

"Good Night, and Good Luck" may be set in 1954, but it seems very much a post–9-11 film. You’ve said that you and Grant Heslov began writing the script three years ago. That’s during the run-up to the Iraq war. Did you find yourself changing your conception in response to what was going on? I was getting beat up pretty good around that time. But I thought there were more important issues than Bill O’Reilly doing a show about my career being over because of my political views. I was concerned about the lack of debate. The conception changed only in that a book came out about how great McCarthy was and how wrong Murrow was . . .

Ann Coulter’s "Treason"? Yes. I realized that we had to be incredibly careful with the facts, because if we got any of them wrong, they could say it’s all horseshit. So I had to double-source every scene.

Hoberman likes the film, and softballs it a little — the whole thing’s a particularly interesting read alongside Slate‘s Jack Shafer‘s incisive take-down of the film, which he sees as overly simplistic and missing the point:

Clooney is an able director, artfully meshing the original documentary film footage from Murrow’s weekly CBS series, "See It Now," with recreations of the studio end of the broadcasts. But it all goes wrong with the naive screenplay, written by Clooney and his collaborator, fellow actor/producer Grant Heslov. Plowing through the Murrow and McCarthy literature after viewing the film, I was impressed at how deeply Clooney and Heslov researched the topic yet dismayed at how they cherry-picked material to compose their sermon.

Mark Feeney at the Boston Globe concerns himself with the depiction of Truman Capote as both celebrity and journalist in "Capote," and where Bennett Miller‘s Capote fits in the complicated history of Hollywood depictions of journalists "who play fast and loose with their sources."

Yet even though Capote is writing on assignment for The New Yorker, part of the fascination of the film lies in its title character being far more than just a journalist. It’s not a scoop he’s after. It’s a literary masterpiece. Sweetheart, get me rewrite? Sweetheart, get me Parnassus. No one is as aware of this as Capote himself. "Sometimes when I think how good my book is I can hardly breathe," he confesses at one point.

Then back to Slate, where Daphne Merkin voices her own opinions on Capote as celebrity, as icon, as journalist, and how the film fits up with them.

+ Celebrity Journalist (Village Voice)
+ Edward R. Movie (Slate)
+ How he got that story (Boston Globe)
+ In Warm Blood (Slate)

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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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