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Joaquin and the no good, very bad sense of humor.

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Joaquin Phoenix.Joaquin Phoenix: Sad-eyed! Pretty! Soulful! Vegan! Now sings! But is he funny? It seems safe to say, perhaps only in his own head. From WENN:

Joaquin Phoenix has vowed never to joke in front of a journalist again, after one publication subsequently branded him a mad eccentric who keeps frogs on his head. The "Walk the Line" star, 31, was caught fiddling with his locks by a curious reporter and invented a quirky explanation. But he now rues his prank after the deadpan humor was lost in the subsequent article. He says, "I had a fly in my hair. I was brushing it away. Someone asked me what was wrong and I said something like, ‘I have a frog on my head,’ joking. Then I read that I said I had a frog in my hair. What am I supposed to do?"

Unfortunately for Joaquin, that was Michael Cidoni, an AP reporter, and this was the weird exchange (or "joke") out on the wires:

Added Phoenix, "I didn’t make a decision and say, ‘I’m gonna sing.’ It was, in some sense, ‘Let’s see what’s gonna happen. Let’s try this, let’s work on this, and we’ll see how it goes.’"

Out of the blue, Phoenix suddenly changed the subject, asking, "Do I have a large frog in my hair?"

Reporter: No, no.

Phoenix: "Something’s crawling out of my scalp."

Reporter: No, you look great.

Phoenix: "No, but I feel it. I’m not worried about the looks. I’m worried about the sensation of my brain being eaten. … What did you ask me?"

This isn’t the first time he’s been burned by his own delivery, apparently. Via Lynda Gorov‘s interview with Phoenix and co-star Reese Witherspoon at the Boston Globe

Beside cooties, other subjects they discuss include a vintage photograph of Los Angeles traffic that’s hanging on the hotel wall, whether his nickname is really Kitten (it’s not — that was a joke he made years ago that keeps getting reprinted), whether he does in fact pay friends to scream his name at events (another joke he wishes he hadn’t made)…

Oh, Joaquin, far too fragile and odd for the vigors of the publicity circuit. Interestingly, "Walk the Line," which had developed very positive buzz at the festivals, is coming down to some mixed reviews at this midweek moment.

Elsewhere, Karl Heitmueller at MTV revisits the actual Johnny Cash‘s less-than-epic acting legacy, which included stints on "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (where he met "Walk the Line" director James Mangold) "Renegade" (with Lorenzo Lamas!).

+ Phoenix Regrets Frog Joke (WENN)
+ ‘Walk the Line’ Premieres in L.A. (AP)
+ The odd couple (Boston Globe)
+ Rewind: The Uneven Acting Legacy Of Johnny Cash (MTV)

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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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