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Psssst! The lion is like, Jesus!

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La lion.We’re wary of beating a dead horse here (we prefer them live and trying to run away), but more on two much-discussed issues regarding films opening tomorrow: the gayness of "Brokeback Mountain" and the Christianity(ness) of "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe."

First, and we know you’ve been just pining away — our review of "Brokeback," written with Matt Singer. Then to MSNBC, where Dave White has a mildly funny but mostly smug "straight dude’s guide to ‘Brokeback.’" White is gay and apparently gleeful about the image of dozens of straight guys shifting unhappily in their seats after having been dragged to the film by their girlfriends…we suppose this is sort of a refreshing attitude in light of the general self-congratulation in Hollywood on allowing such a film to get made, with its one sex scene and its cuddling and emoting and its shiny awards-worthiness. Anyway, on the topic of said girlfriends, Mackenzie Dawson Parks at the New York Post revisits the bar conversation everyone’s already had and tries to make an article of it: if, like, guys like to watch two girls make out, why don’t girls, you know, like to watch two guys make out? Maybe they do, Parks muses, turning to the quotable public for some much-needed analysis:

"Cowboys are hot," says Alexandra De Toth, a 28-year-old photo editor.

"Jake and Heath as cowboys; even hotter. Jake and Heath as cowboys making out — get the extinguisher!"

To the wardrobe! At the Christian Science Monitor, G. Jeffrey MacDonald scopes out the debate on what type of Christian CS Lewis was, a heated discussion recently renewed by Lewis’ improved stance as a potential posthumous box-office draw:

Laying claim to Lewis’s legacy is serious business in the diverse world of 21st century Christianity. That’s because 42 years after his death, this Irish-born Oxford University instructor still sells books like hotcakes: "Mere Christianity" alone has sold almost 1 million copies since January 2001.

Through a corpus that includes more than 30 books, Lewis explains and popularizes a faith that now nurses painful fractures along political as well as theological lines. Whichever of the competing strains can lay claim to his legacy stands to enjoy the fruits of association with a widely loved giant of Christian faith.

At Salon, Laura Miller take a less angry look at how Christian the Narnia books and their author really are. She cites some interesting points, particularly from a study by scholar John Goldthwaite:

[C]loser to the heart of this critique lies Goldthwaite’s assertion that "whenever a professed Christian feels he must create some wholly other world to explore the meaning of his religion, he is flirting with bad faith. When he fills that world with the make-believes of other religions, he is playing at polytheism. When he further sets sorceresses to rule over it, and werewolves, incubuses and wraiths, he is dabbling in Manichaean dualism, the idea that standing opposed to God’s good creation is another, separate and equal, or nearly equal, creation given over to evil."

Still, we feel like Miller’s stretching for it a little — and regardless, Lewis is way dead. The way we choose to skew his work now is what’s interesting…perhaps too much. From  Stephen Applebaum‘s Independent interview with director Andrew Adamson from a few days back:

But didn’t they hold special presentations, I ask Adamson, at least one
of which he took part in, to assure Christians that Lewis’s vision
would reach the screen intact? (Interestingly, as well as the
soundtrack, a separate CD of music performed entirely by Christian acts
inspired by the Narnia stories has been released.) "We assured a lot of
fans of the book, both faith-based and not," says Adamson, clearly
becoming irritated by the subject.

And John Patterson at the Guardian thinks there aren’t nearly enough religious-entangled films: "If Baptists and
Catholics made movies as bad as the Scientologists’, we might see an
end to religious observance in a matter of weeks."

+ Eat Drink Man Man (IFC News)
+ The straight dude’s guide to ‘Brokeback’ (MSNBC)
+ Christians battle over ‘Narnia’ (CS Monitor)
+ The Jesus symbol, the witch and the wardrobe (Salon)
+ Andrew Adamson: The man bringing Narnia to the big screen (Independent)
+ Cult followings (Guardian)

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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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