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Morning odds: Bollywood does it…better?

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"Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone."The ImaginAsian Theater in Manhattan is currently showing "Zinda," yet another of Bollywood’s unofficial remakes. "Zinda" concerns a man who’s mysteriously imprisoned without explanation for 14 years, then just as enigmatically turned loose to find his captor. As Sukanya Verma puts it in a Rediff review:

Director Sanjay Gupta dubs "Zinda" as a homage to every Korean film he has ever seen. But that would mean he has only seen "Oldboy."

Considering it seems to have been given the full Bollywood musical treatment, we might have to haul ourselves uptown this weekend.

The BAFTA nominations were announced this morning: the Best Film nods are a rather uninteresting array of the same titles getting acclaim everywhere else: "Brokeback Mountain," "Capote," "The Constant Gardener," "Crash" and "Good Night, and Good Luck." Better:

THE ALEXANDER KORDA AWARD for the Outstanding British Film of the Year

A COCK & BULL STORY – Andrew Eaton/Michael Winterbottom/Martin Hardy 
THE CONSTANT GARDENER – Simon Channing Williams/Fernando Meirelles/Jeffrey Caine 
FESTIVAL – Christopher Young/Annie Griffin 
PRIDE & PREJUDICE – Tim Bevan/Eric Fellner/Paul Webster/Joe Wright/Deborah Moggach 
WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT – Peter Lord/David Sproxton/Nick Park/Steve Box/Mark Burton/Bob Baker 

The Hong Kong Film Critics Society picked Johnny To‘s "Election" for best film and best direction over the past weekend, while the Online Film Critics Society gave the same honors to "A History of Violence."

BBC reports that the Berlin Film Festival jury will consist of Indian director Yash Chopra, cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, Matthew Barney, South Korean actress Lee Young Ae (of "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance"), Dutch director Marleen Gorris (of "Antonia’s Line"), German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl and Hollywood producer Fred Roos, along with Charlotte Rampling, who, as announced last month, will head the panel.

And Sundance starts today…Manohla Dargis writes a frustrated love/hate ode to the festival in the  New York Times, while the acquisitions game has already kicked off often continues to bubble along long after the festival’s over: indieWIRE‘s Eugene Hernandez reports that the Duplass brothers‘ Independent Spirit Award nominee and Sundance favorite from last year, "The Puffy Chair," has finally gotten a distribution deal from Roadside Attractions and Netflix, while our own IFC Films has acquired Cédric Klapisch‘s sequel to his 2002 "L’Auberge Espagnole," "Russian Dolls," along with Caveh Zahedi‘s Gotham Award-winning "I Am A Sex Addict."

+ Zinda (ImaginAsian Theater)
+ Zinda: Dutt shines in a very dark film (Rediff)
+ Hong Kong Film Critics Society 2005 Awards (Alternative Film Guide)
+ A History of Violence and David Cronenberg Capture Top Honors In 9th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards (Official site)
+ Berlin festival judges revealed (BBC)
+ Sundance, for Indies, Soft Kiss Before Dying (NY Times)
+ Roadside & Netflix Get "The Puffy Chair" From Sundance ’05; IFC Films Nabs Two (indieWIRE)

Addendum: "Russian Dolls" and "I Am A Sex Addict" aren’t Sundance acquisitions, just timed in a Sundancey manner.

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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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