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If you die between January 1 and the Academy Awards, do you have to wait until next year’s "In Memoriam" montage?

[Look, we have a cold, we feel like a pound of marshmallows has been stuffed into our sinuses — tomorrow, maybe, we’ll be able to manage good taste.]

Richard Bright, 1937-2006.

It may not mean too much to many at first sight, but Richard Bright was killed in New York a few days ago. As he was crossing the street at 86th and Columbus a bus came round the corner and struck him. He was dead by the time he got to the hospital. For those who do know who Richard Bright was, the report is somewhere between sinister and ironic. You see, Richard Bright was one of the great assassins from the movies. He was Al Neri in the "Godfather" pictures. Al Neri was a silent arranger of disappearances. An innocent bus would have been to his taste.

— David Thomson, Independent

Don Knotts, 1924-2006.

I had of course grown up, along with the rest of my generation, vicariously living the simple rural 1960s life of the young Opie Taylor (he grew up to be movie mogul Ron Howard), skipping barefoot toward that fishin’ hole every single week, alongside his endlessly wise and patient dad, Andy.

Truth be told, though, as I got older, it was Barney I ended up identifying with most, particularly his on-again, off-again, ultimately doomed courtship of good ol’ Thelma Lou.

Opie (and, by extrapolation, Andy) was, I guess, who I aspired to be.

But it was Barney who I secretly started to suspect I was destined to become.

— Rob Salem, Toronto Star

Darren McGavin, 1922-2006.

Mr. McGavin was not particularly proud of Mike Hammer,
describing him to a reporter in 1968 as "a dummy." "I made 72 of those
shows and I thought it was a comedy," he said. "In fact I played it
camp. He was the kind of guy who would have waved the flag for George Wallace."

— Nadine Brozan, New York Times

Dennis Weaver, 1924-2006.

For a generation of TV viewers, Dennis Weaver was the West.

The lanky, Missouri-born Weaver, who died Friday of cancer at age 81, was introduced to us in the most popular Western of all time, "Gunsmoke," which still airs on TV Land. He would go on to play many, varied roles in a string of successful series and movies. But as befitted a dedicated environmentalist, he would always be most identified with the outdoors – and most often, with horses.

— Robert Bianco, USA Today

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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 IFC.com

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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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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…