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The cool kids update.

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Gael García BernalWe were going to rank them in order of hipness, but it was too hard.

Michel Gondry

Claims to fame:
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," White Stripes Lego video, extreme Frenchness.

New project:
According to Rodrigo Perez at MTV (who has this interview with him apropos to nothing in particular), Gondry is just wrapping up "The Science of Sleep," a fantasy starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Gael García Bernal (he also has Dave Chappelle doc "Block Party" due in theaters next year), and has two time-travel-centric films up next. One is a comedy starring Jack Black, the other’s a new one:

The other is a yet-untitled French-language film that also includes a time-travel premise, albeit one that’s more autobiographical in nature.

"It’s about my friend in my old band [Oui Oui] in the early ’80s. It’s set in 2005 and we meet our [1980s] selves in the present and interact," he said, laughing. "It’s a completely stupid story!"

Miranda July

Claims to fame:
"Me and You and Everyone We Know," performance art, extreme sincerity.

New project:
Via Delfin Vigil at the San Francisco Chronicle, July’s making a pit stop at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to "teach" for two days. A sample homework assignment from her involves drawing a picture of your cell phone, then writing out a fantasy dialogue between yourself and someone you’d really like to talk to:

In a separate e-mail document, type the conversation you wish you could have with this person. Use dialogue format, for example:

"Me: Hello?

"Mark Adams: Hi, it’s Mark. Mark Adams."

David Gordon Green

Claims to fame
: Meandering, promising, arty films about young people set in the South, being young, being Southern.

New project:
Mae Anderson at AdWeek drops that Green’s just finished another "NFL on ESPN" spot for a New York ad agency Wieden + Kennedy.

The New York shop’s 30-second spot, directed by Chelsea Pictures’ David Gordon Green, depicts a man holding a baby, engrossed in a football game. He begins to mimic the players, holding the baby like a football. When his wife enters the room, she is understandably distressed, and takes the baby from him.

"Life happens 10 yards at a time" is the tagline.

It’s the fifth spot directed by Green for the NFL on ESPN. Other ads in the series include one for the Pro Bowl depicting a man becoming emotional when his pizza deliveryman delivers the last pizza of the football season.

The bills, they must be paid.

Harmony Korine

Claims to fame:
Writing the screenplay to "Kids" at age 19, "Gummo," banging Chloë Sevigny.

New project:
He announced that he was working on a new film, "Mister Lonely,"  back in the summer, but last week Screen Daily (sub. only, sadly) reported that it’s to star Anita Pallenberg as the Queen of England, Denis Lavant as Charlie Chaplin, Samantha Morton as Marilyn Monroe and Diego Luna as a Michael Jackson impersonator.

The plotline is outlandish, even by Korine’s standards. This is a yarn about a young American lost in Paris, eking out a living as a Michael Jackson lookalike. By co-incidence, he meets Marilyn Monroe. He follows her to a commune in Scotland, joining her husband Charlie Chaplin and her daughter Shirley Temple. Fellow residents include The Pope, The Queen of England, Madonna and James Dean. The drama is also partly set In a Brazilian forest where a community of missionary nuns bring aid to the locals.

Alexander Payne

Claims to fame:
"Sideways," a generally bleak outlook on his fellow human beings, divorcing Sandra Oh.

New project:
Producing! Empire announced that Michael Douglas will star in Payne’s exec-produced "The King of California," and Payne’s also a producer for Sue Kramer‘s "Gray Matter," which apparently features hot transsexual sex between Sissy Spacek and  Alan Cumming. Yup.

Jon Morrison

Claims to fame:
None yet.

New project:
Morrison’s down at the American Film Market and AFI Fest in L.A. trying to sell Punk Cinema‘s first feature, "The Gigolos," and is blogging about the experience on the Guardian‘s Culture Vulture blog. He’s certainly not as established as the above, but his dispatches are charming and filled with the kind of British self-deprication that pleases our admittedly easily pleased self, so we hereby dub him a "cool kid."

We’re staying in the best hotel in LA. By accident. We know it’s the best hotel because we were ejected from the hotel swimming pool yesterday morning by 50 Cent’s entourage (prior to the premiere of his film across the road), and because you need to be on the guest list to get into the hotel bar. And we’re not.

+ Another Surreal Film Coming From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ Director Michel Gondry (MTV)
+ Don’t Fumble the Baby (AdWeek)
+ Korine’s Mr Lonely features Pallenberg, Morton, Luna (Screen Daily)
+ Douglas is King of California (Empire)
+ The Gigolos archive (Culture Vulture)

Update: The latest White Stripes video from Gondry’s up online here: "The Denial Twist" (via MCN).

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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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