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No shirt, no shoes, no Oscar.

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Ah, smell that heartbreak.
The Academy front:

The cost of purchasing your own authentic, Oscar-nominated metaphor for loss and longing? At press time, $17,100. But all of it tax-deductible and machine-washable.

Of course, according to Heathcliff Rothman‘s fascinating and strange  New York Times article on the apparently vicious used Oscar market, if you want to skip straight to owning your own little gold man, a "common Oscar" (for a technical or other tangential awards) will set you back up to $50,000.

Via Movie City News, the testy letter from the World Conservation Union and the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization to Hubert Sauper, director of "Darwin’s Nightmare," is here. The organizations were not pleased with what you could call, oh, a less-than-favorable portrayal of the industry in Sauper’s Oscar-nominated doc.

Fifth, you suggest that poverty, prostitution, AIDS and homelessness are a direct consequence of the fisheries export. It would seem obvious to most people that such tragedies are found in most places on this planet, including in the cities of Europe, and are rarely if ever connected to any particular industry.

The idea that fisheries cause AIDS would indeed be a fascinating bit of delusional paranoia, but it’s not one covered (at all) by Sauper’s doc. "Darwin’s Nightmare" certainly has an agenda, but wide-swinging retaliations like the quote above, along with the letter’s repeated concerns that Sauper didn’t talk to the institute’s researchers (who, of course, wouldn’t have agendas of their own) endear it to us all the more.

Another doc nominee, Marshall Curry‘s "Street Fight," will finally be getting a limited theatrical release: New York (at the IFC Center) on February 22 and L.A. on February 24.

Mark Caro at the Chicago Tribune traces "Crash"‘s path from questionable investment to Best Picture contender, including distributor Lionsgate’s fearless and exorbitant (for a non-Weinstein indie) screener campaign:

Lionsgate initially mailed out about 30,000 DVDs to those doing the nominating for the various guilds (aside from the directors, who don’t allow screeners). Once "Crash" received those nominations, the company sent out more DVDs, most notably to the remaining 90,000 SAG members who could vote on the final awards.

And at the LA TimesThe Envelope, James Bates takes a closer look at the "Crash" awards campaign costs: "All told, Lions Gate is expected to spend $4 million to campaign for a film that only cost $6.5 million to make."

+ I’d Really Like to Thank My Pal at the Auction House (NY Times)
+ Letter to Hubert Sauper (
+ Street Fight (
+ From crazy idea to the Oscars: The journey of ‘Crash’ (Chicago Tribune)
+ Oscar Economics 101 (LA 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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