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The Purse Incident and other interviews.

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You may or may not have noticed our aversion to interviews — we generally feel that the junket system and overly protective publicists have made getting an interesting interview out of anyone big enough to have a publicist and/or junket impossible. But Mary McNamara‘s LA Times‘ profile on Catherine Keener totally won us over with its odd opening anecdote about how McNamara’s purse gets stolen as she talks to Keener, and about how Keener insists on going out into the street with her and poking through trashcans to see if whoever stole it took the cash and dumped the rest. We’ve also always liked Keener:

"The big secret is I’m not movie star material," Keener says as she
walks along the streets of downtown a couple of weeks after the fateful
Purse Incident. "I’m costar material. I’m supporting material. Those
are the roles I like. And I just want to keep making the movies I like,
even though," she says, "hardly anyone goes to see them."

Keener’s next in Nicole Holofcener‘s Sundance-opener "Friends With Money."

Elsewhere, in the kind of move that increases the agonizing admiration/aversion we have for him, David Poland reprints Time magazine’s entire "Munich" section, including Richard Schickel‘s lone Spielberg interview (because, as Poland puts it, "Since Time has the joy of being the only interview given so far and since no one really wants to capitalize financially on ‘Munich,’ I’m sure no one will object to me reprinting the story here so no one is forced to buy an online subscription to Time magazine just to read this one interview."). Schickel’s intro/overview of the film is here; he speaks to Spielberg here; Lisa Beyer’s take on the historical realities of who Mossad really ended up retaliation-killing is here.

The car wreck-watcher in us is totally in love with "Memoirs of a Geisha" (about which we’ve talked so much sight-unseen shit that at this point we feel we’ve really committed to seeing it), partially because, as much as we do like Zhang Ziyi, we’ve got our doubts about whether she speaks enough English yet to be thrown into the lead role of an English language film, even if said English is curiously written to be halting and articles-adverse. But judge for yourself, as Sony apparently has enough confidence to toss her at the New York Daily NewsSean Daly. Over at the San Francisco Chronicle, Ron Dicker interviews a very practical-minded Michelle Yeoh about the film.

Stephen Dalton at the London Times talks with samurai film-revisionist Yoji Yamada, director of "The Twilight Samurai" and the new "The Hidden Blade."

This unprecedented realism is Yamada’s chief contribution to the genre. Instead of balletic sword battles, his alienated anti-heroes share banal small talk and messy love lives. When grudgingly forced to fight, they engage in long, clumsy duels before dying in agony. In the past, Yamada says, most samurai films were "full of lies."

+ She’s no movie star (LA Times)
+ Spielberg on Munich in Time (The Hot Blog)
+ T2 – Steven’s Prayer For Peace (The Hot Blog)
+ T3 – Munich Myths & Truths (The Hot Blog)
+ 5 minutes with … Ziyi Zhang (NY Daily News)
+ Action-film smart, ‘Geisha’ graceful (SF Chronicle)
+ The samurai commuters (London Times)

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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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