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A chorus of voices, rising to a shout.

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William Tell.[How faux NYT is our headline, btw?]

At the Hollywood Reporter, Anne Thompson heralds this years’ Sundance as a turning point for festival coverage:

As blogs become more successful, they are challenging traditional media, and this year’s Sundance marks a fascinating juncture as newly powerful blogs like Cinematical.com take on the likes of the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.

And indeed, there are so many people blogging from Sundance this year that we imagine there’s going to be violent rioting over precious laptop space on the tables of the Park City Starbucks. Cinematical has some three to five bloggers (including Karina Longsworth) over at BloggingSundance.com, and Thompson herself is sharing Sundance update duties with reporter Gregg Goldstein over at her own Risky Biz blog (and offering up gossip that didn’t make the cut for their official coverage). Roger Ebert is there with his old school "dispatches," kicking off with scattered musings in the corner store (see, if he’d bothered to go to the Albertson’s, he could have shopped with John Waters), Jeffrey Wells is there, still harping on his apartment swap with "Little Miss Sunshine" writer Michael Arndt; David Poland, of course; Greencine Daily’s got David D’Arcy and others; Matt Dentler; Cyndi Greening; The Reeler; and indieWIRE‘s got whole host of filmmakers at their Park City blog.

And some friendly faces blogging/writing about the fest from afar: Cinetrix is over at Flavorpill, Aaron Out of Focus at indieWIRE with his picks of the best of the shorts.

And of course, we put our on-air IFC News host Matt Singer on a plane last night (well, no, we wouldn’t bother to go to the airport or anything, but we were sorting out last minute minutiae over the phone) — his reports (which will be mostly junket-oriented) are going to be here. And IFC General Manager Evan Shapiro made off with our digital voice recorder and will be using it to do podcasts here.

It’s all very fantastic and very overwhelming, and we can barely hear ourselves think over the imagined clacking of so many keyboards. And frankly, we already never want to fucking hear the word "Sundance" again. So next week we’re going to be indulging in some counter-programming by running a series of reviews of undistributed films we’re seen lately — because, by gosh, by gum, we’re apropos to nothing and proud of it.

+ Blogs put megaphone up to Sundance buzz (Hollywood Reporter)
+ BloggingSundance.com (Cinematical)
+ Sundance (Risky Biz blog)
+ Sundance #1: Indie bread & butter (RogerEbert.com)
+ Cold Mountain (Hollywood Elsewhere)
+ Thursday, 4:51p, Utah Time (The Hot Blog)
+ Park City Dispatch. 1. (Greencine Daily)
+ Sundance 2006.1: Autumn Sweater (Matt Dentler’s Blog)
+ Cyndi Greening (CyndiGreening.com)
+ Redford, Sundance Press on For Opening Day (The Reeler)
+ Welcome to the Park City ’06 Blog! (indieWIRE)
+ Sundance (Flavorpill)
+ With Challenge of Keeping It Brief, A Preview of Standout Shorts at Sundance (indieWIRE)

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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…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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