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Here comes the Sun[dance]/Do do doo doo.

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Budget? $9,200, baby.Well, the wretchedly busy past two weeks have forever linked Sundance in our mind to the early onset of acid reflux disease (bring it on, ulcers!), but other people still seem to think it’s actually about the films. Most interesting are, of course, the annual attempts to discern from afar what films will be buzzworthy once the delirium of dozens of screenings, high altitudes, snow, rare celebs-eating-muffins-sightings and lack of sleep due to too much party-crashing sets in. SXSW’s Matt Dentler pipes up on behalf of Michael Cain‘s "TV Junkie,"  Logan Hill in New York falls for James Longley‘s doc "Iraq in Fragments," and Jeffrey Wells weighs in for "Little Miss Sunshine," while Rebecca Ascher-Walsh at the Hollywood Reporter surveys some of the big-name premieres (choice quote, regarding Julian Goldberger‘s Paul Giamatti-starring "The Hawk Is Dying": "One distributor admits that the film sounds ‘a bit precious’ but plans to line up for the Sundance screening anyway thanks to Goldberger’s track record"), USA Today‘s Anthony Breznican picks out ten possible fest hits, and Kenneth Turan in the LA Times, after wheezing out a few bars of that same old song about Sundance’s increasing commercialism, picks out a few potential highlights himself.

Mark Caro at the Chicago Tribune takes an interesting look at 2005 as the year of the "blockbuster specialized movie" that ends with a Sundance score card checking in on how the big buzz films from last year’s festival performed in the box office.

Other closer looks: David Halbfinger in the New York Times on IFC’s very own "This Film Is Not Yet Rated"; Lou Lumenick at the New York Post on Nicole Holofcener‘s opening night "Friends With Money"; a breathless Jason Silverman in Wired News on Roger Ingraham’s vampire flick "Moonshine" ("While ‘Moonshine’ has yet to be screened for the media or audiences — Ingraham was still fine-tuning the movie a week before its premiere — it already feels like the stuff of legend. It’s the kind of filmmaker-from-nowhere tale that Sundance and proponents of digital filmmaking have been promising for years, but so far has been relatively rare."); David Halbfinger again in the Times on Nick Cassavetes"Alpha Dog" (which is looking to be Justin Timberlake‘s actual acting debut now that "Edison" seems to have vanished from the release date charts); The Reeler on just about anyone New York-based who’s headed out to the snowy reaches; and Logan Hill back in New York, who chats with three of the seven filmmakers behind "Destricted," which sounds like as excellent throwback to the days when art films were an excuse to glimpse some skin for anyone too chicken to venture into the realms of the actually pornographic. Speaking of that much-toed line, Ray Pride at Movie City Indie reports that Carlos Reygadas‘ already infamous "Battle in Heaven" has gotten bumped from its announced screening at Sundance’s largest venue, because the Eccles Theatre is part of a local high school, and official were concerned about showing the film, as planned, during school hours.

+ Two words: TV Junkie (Matt Dentler’s Blog)
+ Sundance Standout: Iraq In Fragments (New York)
+ I haven’t done any serious Sundance digging… (Hollywood Elsewhere)
+ The hit squad (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Eagle-eyed studios circle Sundance (USA Today)
+ Excessive access (LA Times)
+ ‘Independents’ DAY (Chicago Tribune)
+ Rating (and Finding) the Movie Raters (NY Times)
+ SUNDANCE’S BEST FRIEND (NY Post)
+ Whither the DIY Auteurs of DV? (Wired News)
+ Filmmaker Is Snarled in Legal Web (NY Times)
+ From NYC to Sundance (The Reeler)
+ Sundance Porn (New York)
+ Battle in Park City: Heaven’s school crossing (Movie City Indie)

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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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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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