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Globe hangover.

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"You don't go up there to fish."The LA TimesTom O’Neil and the New York Post‘s Lou Lumenick must have been out for a cigarette break together, as they accomplish the journalistic voodoo of citing each others opinions on simultaneously published pieces. For O’Neil, these are the Gay/Socially Aware Globes:

"Capote," "Transamerica," "Breakfast on Pluto" and "Brokeback Mountain." Clearly, the Golden Globe nominations have a theme with a social message, which isn’t unusual. In liberal Hollywood, showbiz awards have often played a key role in the struggle for human rights. Perhaps the most dramatic example took place at the Globes in 1967 when award gurus assumed that "The Graduate" would sweep the gold derby. Instead, a curious plot twist occurred. While America’s cities burned during civil-rights riots, Globe voters sent protesters a clear signal of support by picking "In the Heat of the Night" as best drama picture.

Lumenick is among the crowd calling this year’s noms a snub of the major studios, which is sort of true, but not really. It was surprising that "Munich" and "King Kong" were left off the the Best Picture list, but of the other snubbed films he lists, "Capote" is technically an indie (Sony Pictures Classics), while "A History of Violence," which did get a nod, seems indie in tone but is actually released by New Line. The takeaway point being perhaps that no one can tell the fucking difference anymore — viva the age of the middle-budget (and -brow?) film.

Post-Globe nom: at the LA Times, Susan King talks to Michelle Williams and Mary McNamara interviews Pierce Brosnan, while over at the New York TimesCarpetbagger blog, Dave Carr chats up Rachel Weisz, and the AP (via USA Today) gathers reactions from Alanis Morrisette (who got a nod for her song "Wunderkind," on the "Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" soundtrack), Sarah Jessica Parker, Scarlett Johansson and others. And also at the LA Times, Patrick Goldstein talks to "Brokeback" screenwriters Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, possibly the only people involved with the film not currently being profiled in every publication in the country (we’ve got some really incisive insights into the film from the caterers we’re saving for a possible three part series later (don’t we wish)).

And is it time for the backlash to start yet? (Good lord, the Oscars are a fat eleven weeks away, that’s enough time for a backlash and a backlash backlash.) Lumenick thinks so, while Eugene Hernandez at indieWIRE tracks the amount of recent coverage they’ve done by themselves on the film, among it their story on the film’s awe-inspiring $109,485 per screen average in five theaters opening weekend. And, back at the LA Times, Robert W. Welkos and Elaine Dutka return to that question for the ages (or, at least, for until next weekend): how will it play in the red states?

Focus Co-President David Linde said it took time for people to embrace this kind of movie. By slowly releasing the film, he said, Focus hopes to build its word-of-mouth.

"This movie cannot be condensed into one line about gay cowboys," Linde said. "In our marketing, we are trying to get across the depth of the experience."

P’shaw, like "Love is a force of nature" is that much better a sell than, say, "Gay cowboys eating pudding." [Was ever a more profound truth uttered about independent film than that "South Park" line? Okay, yes. But it was so prescient!]

+ Will moviegoers embrace the Gay Globes? (Gold Derby)
+ TARNISHED GLOBES (NY Post)
+ Finding herself atop a ‘Mountain’ (LA Times)
+ Hey, the pretty boy can act too (LA Times)
+ The Gardener’s Blossom (Carpetbagger)
+ Reactions to Golden Globe nominations (USA Today)
+ Grumpy charms shine through (LA Times)
+ "Brokeback" overload (eugonline)
+ "Brokeback Mountain" Lassoes a Mammoth Limited Opening (indieWIRE)
+ Can ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Move the Heartland? (LA Times)

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…