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Winners, line-ups, ennui.

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"Cheese, Gromit! Cheese!"
If there was any doubt about the two frontrunners for Best Picture at this point, this weekend’s Writers Guild Awards should have laid them to rest: Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco take Best Original Screenplay with "Crash," while Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana walk off with Best Adapted.

"Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" sweeps the Annie Awards (for animation, yes), winning every category the film was nomination for, including Best Animated Feature.

South by Southwest’s film line-up is here. If we were going, and we’ve got a perfectly good kidney we’d trade for the opportunity (you’d have to pick up the medical expenses, natch), we’d be queuing up for Paul Weitz‘ satire "American Dreamz," "Who the $#%& is Jackson Pollock?," "Maxed Out," Michael Tully‘s "Cocaine Angel," "District 13," Kelly Reichardt‘s Sundance hotness "Old Joy," and, yes, "V for Vendetta." And sincere congratulations to Chris Wells, whose "LOL" is in-competition at the festival this year, and who foolishly gave us a screener of his film, despite the fact that we haven’t actually watched movies in years, having abandoned the practice to merely read about them online. Also, corporate moment: IFC’s original documentary "Rank," which is not about smelliness (we have a 6th grade mental state) but is rather an epic look at a year on the professional bull riding circuit, will also be making its world premiere at the festival.

The Toronto Star‘s excellent Geoff Pevere comes back from a four-month hiatus, during which he was "all too easily seduced and fulfilled by the facile distractions of things like family, rest and (it shames me to admit it) reading books, and I also found myself more or less entirely, which is to say criminally, unconcerned with what was enriching the souls of untold millions of people over any given box-office weekend." He’s developed a program to get his priorities back in line.

+ Winners Announced for 2006 Writers Guild Awards (WGA.org)
+ 33rd Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (AnnieAwards.com)
+ 2006 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL FEATURES LINEUP (SxSW.com)
+ My battle plan to banish Oscar ennui (Toronto Star)

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Final Countdown

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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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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Give Back

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…