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Odds: Tuesday – Tarantino feet.

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Like, really, really famous.So a decade ago you were a hot shot. You grabbed the film world firmly with both hands and shook it like a dusty rug. You were banging Mira Sorvino, which was kind of cool, we suppose. Now, here you are, getting ready to judge a sexy feet contest on the Tyra Banks Show. The question is — a step up, a step down, or maybe you’re just gliding along on a weird, weird mid-career plateau? Via Defamer.

At her Risky Biz blog, Anne Thompson points out that the New Yorker has finally put Annie Proulx’s original "Brokeback Mountain" online.

At the Independent, Chris Sullivan picks through a few decades worth of behind the scenes gossip from cinematographer Jack Cardiff:

"I did a few films with Bogie and we became very good friends," remembers Cardiff. "He was a great guy but could be very explosive. When I first met him he said, ‘Cardiff! See my face? See all these lines? It has taken years for me to get these lines and I don’t want you to soft light me so I look like a goddamn fag.’ And I said, ‘Well, Mr Bogart, I am sorry to inform you that I can’t do anything about your face – there is too much debauchery in it.’ So he laughed and said, ‘Put down that sissy drink’ (I had a beer) and he got me a whisky."

Annie Griffin, whose Edinburgh Fringe-set black comedy "Festival" has been gathering good reviews on the festival circuit and in the UK, talks to Siân Stott at the Telegraph about why "Groundhog Day" is so good: "I think it is the most brilliant image of depression…Yes, the film is funny, but it’s also so profound about depression."

At the New York Times, Dave Carr examines movies’ typically unflattering portrayal of journalists, while (check this transition), S.T. VanAirsdale at The Reeler goes to see some real life journalists (smooth like butter!) — he reports on the film critics end of year panel at Makor this past weekend, where Stephen Holden (NYT, natch), Glenn Kenny (Premiere), Thelma Adams (Us Weekly) and Armond White, Savior of Taste, Culture and also the Universe (we’re just trying that on for size) duked it out on stage.

And, via Digital Chosunilbo, Korea’s Bae Yong-jun, the current stampede-inducing heartthrob of all of Asia, is apparently moving towards conquering the general Eurasian continent, with the growing popularity of Korean soap operas in the Middle East:

Why? Perhaps it is partly because strong anti-American sentiment in the region means American popular culture seems tainted. "In the Middle East, there is a widespread anti-America and anti-Hollywood sentiment," says KBS producer Kim Shin-il. "Also, Korean dramas, which have hardly any sex and violence and focus on family values, seem to fit with the conservative values of the region."

+ Defamer Connections: Tarantino Seeking Sexy Feet (Defamer)
+ Brokeback Mountain by Proulx (Risky Biz Blog)
+ Jack Cardiff: Life behind the lens (Independent)
+ Film-makers on film: Annie Griffin (Telegraph)
+ Hollywood Gives the Press a Bad Name (NY Times)
+ Critical Mass: Movie Minds Rush the Stage at Makor (The Reeler)
+ Korea Wave Hits Middle East (Digital Chosunilbo)

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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…