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Odds: Thursday – “Invisible Waves” and Randy Newman.

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As always, Tadanobu Asano.
Bliss! Via Todd at Twitch, there’s a website and, better, a trailer for Pen-Ek Ratanaruang‘s "Invisible Waves," which makes its world premiere at Berlin on the 14th and is certainly one of the films we’re most looking forward to this year.

At the Guardian, Xan Brooks interviews the great Dardenne brothers:

They share joint credits on all their films, giving the impression that the Dardennes work in a kind of mystical tandem. Even in terms of physical appearance there is little to distinguish them. Luc is marginally rounder and more impish looking than his angular elder brother. Aside from that, you might struggle to tell them apart. "We are the same: one person, four eyes," says Jean-Pierre. "We have to be, otherwise we could not make the same film. There is no secret."

Speaking of near-conjoinedness amongst related filmmakers, we’re pretty excited about this.

At the Globe and Mail, Guy Dixon writes that Toronto’s Epitome Pictures is gearing up to make a feature film version of "Degrassi: The Next Generation," which, like the original 80s "Degrassi," focuses on Canadian middle-schoolers face ridiculous amounts of angst, drug abuse and relationship issues. Kevin Smith, a big fan of the show, has expressed interest in directing.

Via Movie City News, Rob Harvilla at the East Bay Express:

Modest Proposal

This newspaper will personally pay Randy Newman $50 if he performs "It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp" at the Oscars ceremony.

Call us.


And Salon has "Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody?", directed by Miguel Arteta and written by Miranda July (who also stars in the short, along with John C. Reilly), which appears on McSweeney‘s new Wholpin DVD magazine, to watch online here. And that was a needlessly complicated sentence if there ever was one.

+ Invisible Waves Website and Trailer Online! (Twitch)
+ ‘We’re the same: one person, four eyes’ (Guardian)
+ You Know It’s Hard Out Here for an Alt-Weekly Columnist (East Bay Express)
+ "Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody?" (Salon)

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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