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Paddy Considine and Leo Gregory."Stoned," Stephen Wooley‘s biopic of Brian Jones, co-founder of the Rolling Stones, has been getting ink in the UK papers since it premiered at Toronto for various reasons: Wooley who makes his directorial debut with the film, has worked for years as a producer on some fantastic titles, including many of Neil Jordan‘s films; Wooley dares to make some unusual casting choices when it comes to the young Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Jones himself, played by Leo Gregory, a relative unknown; the film is a labor of love that’s been in the works for a reported ten years. But really, the draw is that Wooley worked without the approval of the remaining Rolling Stones (who had kicked Jones out of the band shortly before his death at the rock star-approved age of 27), and that he indulges the theory that Jones, who was found floating in his pool and whose death was at first chalked up to a drug-related accident, was murdered by his handyman, Frank Thorogood (played in the film by Paddy Considine).

At the Telegraph, Robert Sandall talks to Wooley about the film’s long path to production and the tough task of recreating icons:

Other reactions have complained about the skimpy soundtrack, as well as the implausibly well-toned body, and wiggy yellow hair, of Gregory’s Brian Jones. Luke de Woolfson, unrecognisable as Mick Jagger, and a surprisingly wholesome looking Keith Richards, played by Ben Whishaw, have also raised a few eyebrows among the trainspotters.

Woolley is unrepentant. "I didn’t cast lookalikes, or soundalikes. I tried a few and they were terrible actors. I’ve been very careful with the look of this film in terms of clothes and make-up, but it isn’t a documentary. It’s a drama about the haves and the have-nots and what happens when you put them together in an enclosed, claustrophobic space."

At the Telegraph, Louise Jury speaks to Anna Wohlin, Jones’ girlfriend at the time of his death (he most famously dated Anita Pallenberg (played in the film by Monet Mazur), who eventually left him for Keith Richards), who wrote "The Murder of Brian Jones," one of the sources "Stoned" was based on.

[B]oth she and Woolley believe Thorogood’s deathbed confession that he was to blame for the death, not drugs and drink. His relations with Jones had been tense at the time, with rows over bills and his workmanship, and they fear that resentment bubbled over when the men were messing around in the pool.

"I don’t think Frank meant to kill him, because I don’t think he was a killer," she says. "I think it was some sort of horseplay. I think it went too far."

Also at the Independent, Steve Bloomfield surveys Jones’ generally fading in the public mind as well as his lingering, devoted fanbase, focusing on two fans who have devoted their lives to proving Jones was murdered (one of them fantastically say "There was this terrible stigma surrounding Brian. He was described as a drug-induced guitarist, which is like saying Van Gogh was just a painter.").  And some unbylined type writes about how Wooley has approached Jones’ life as a fable about class differences.

"Stoned" opens in the UK this Friday and, as far as we can tell, has no US distributor yet. Though we expect it’ll get picked up soon.

+ Sex and drugs and Brian Jones (Telegraph)
+ The real Brian Jones (Independent)

+ Brian Jones: Who killed the Rolling Stones guitarist? (Independent)
+ Stoned: How Brian Jones made Mick and Keith look conventional (Independent)

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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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