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Sifting through the Holiday Sneaks…

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"He was the top person I wanted to act with.&quot.The LA Times"Holiday Movie Sneaks" special section is so massive we decided we’d take the time to tell you what’s actually interesting in it. Worth reading:

Cinematic lightning in his grip: Kenneth Turan turns up some awesome details on the original "King Kong":

Though [producer-director Merian C.] Cooper had been dreaming of a giant-ape movie for years and even thought of pitting his ape against other species after reading W. Douglas Burden’s "Dragon Lizards of Komodo," others had put gorillas in movies before him. These included the 1932 jungle documentary "Congorilla" as well as the infamous and eventually banned 1931 exploitation film "Ingagi," a fake documentary described by Thomas Doherty in "Pre-Code Hollywood" as dealing with "the racially and sexually charged promise of a carnal union between African women and jungle apes."

Cultures in conflict: Don’t actually read the piece, but know that the only interesting thing to surface about Spielberg‘s "Munich" as of yet comes from Tom O’Neil over in "The Envelope": that the film is cutting it awfully close when it comes to being finished in time for award consideration.

Eastern lore, Western allure: Is anyone else dreading "Memoirs of a Geisha"? Worth reading if only for this report that, after millennia, people are still discovering parts of the body:

Sayuri, the lead character, wears a warm, golden kimono embroidered with maple leaves for a pivotal encounter with the great love of her life. The neckline dips gracefully away from the back of her neck, revealing a smooth, serene expanse of flesh between the shoulder blades, an underexposed area fashion designers may be inspired to highlight in future collections.

Children’s movies push the boundaries of PG: Rachel Abramowitz and Mary McNamara take on a story that’s been gathering steam on the news wires: has there been a "ratings creep" when it comes to children’s releases? "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is the focus (Voldemort! WooooOOOOoooo!). Def worth a read, particularly for angles like this:

Others suggest that the intense new films are a reflection of the tough times in which we live and can provide a safe empowerment fantasy for children. Quoting "Narnia" author [CS] Lewis, the film’s producer, Mark Johnson, said: "Since it is likely they will meet cruel enemies, let them at least hear of brave knights and heroic courage; otherwise, you’re making their destiny not brighter but darker."

Watts’ ‘little’ holiday-season movie: "Ellie Parker" (which opens in NY this Friday) is a serendipitous blip, a film spun from a short director/writer Scott Coffey made with his friend when they were both struggling actors who met on the set of "Tank Girl." His friend: Naomi Watts. And suddenly you have a movie.

OK, now here’s the pitch…: Everybody loves "Snakes on a Plane."

The age of discovery: 15-year-old Q’Orianka Kilcher‘s love scenes with Colin Farrell in Terrence Malick‘s "The New World" reportedly almost gave the producers of the film a heart attack. We think that in their unfortunate photo she bears a slight resemblance to Jocelyne Wildenstein, but, you know, in a good way.

Determined to line up that role: Ginnifer Goodwin on her role in "Walk the Line":

"I’ll never tell Joaquin [Phoenix] this — and he won’t read this article, and that’s fine because he’s very humble — but he was the top person I wanted to act with. I have been a fan since [1986’s] ‘SpaceCamp.’"

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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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