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…and hunting through the Holiday Movies.

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The hot, terse Jonathan Rhys-Meyers.You know, we had this lengthy post written about the New York Times‘ less-excessive and generally superior special section, "Holiday Movies," and then our computer crashed and it vanished into the digital ether. So here’s some disjointed thoughts about the thing we just tossed together:

The Stepson, the Billionaire and the Walt Disney Co.: Does anyone care how "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe"‘s rights and funding were secured? At least the fantastically named Lorne Manly comes up with some interesting points at the end, more than can be said about John Horn‘s carefully controlled set visit at the LA Times:

Trickiest of all, perhaps, is Disney’s marketing strategy. On the one hand, it acknowledges the religious symbolism of the book by appealing to religious groups with some of the same companies and tactics used to promote "The Passion of the Christ." But it also reaches out, for example, to fantasy fans with a junket to Comic-Con and to schoolchildren with lavish educational tie-ins. In trying to please everyone, the movie could end up pleasing no one.

Go West, Young Mimi Marquez: Money quote from Ms. Dawson: "Her thoughts that evening skipped from gentrification to her obsession with puppies featured on ‘I’ll spend hours looking at them; they’re just so cute,’ she said."

At Home in Oliver’s Macedonia and Woody’s London: We pity poor Sharon Waxman — Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, for all his hotness, is apparently a very terse (and surly?) interview.

Killer Couples, Killer Saucers and ‘Kiss of Death’: Salon‘s Stephanie Zacharek and formerly of Salon Charles Taylor’s coverage of the season’s DVD releases are the highlight of the bunch, in our humble opinion. We miss ya, Chuck.

Random thoughts: The films we’re most looking forward to right now are "Brokeback Mountain" and "The New World" (we’re also excited to see "Caché" again). The film we’re least looking forward to is "Memoirs of a Geisha," for reasons we can’t even articulate. But which go something like this: it pains us that the only non-martial-arts-related roles Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi and the great Gong Li can get here are in this over-lacquered chunk of melodramatic exotification being passed off as culturally significant, and based on a lousy book that somehow managed to be labeled a great piece of writing about women. Thanks, Oprah’s Book Club.

Woo, we need some coffee this morning. "Caché." Good stuff. Yes.

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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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