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Karmic retribution.

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The hot ticket.
We were struck down with an unimaginably awful cold by the gods of entertainment yesterday for not being appropriately mournful of Don Knotts (He was before our time! Before! Our! Time!). While we catch up, a few odds to tide you over:

According to Empire, the Weinstein Company is producing a biopic-of-sorts on author, former child lot lizard and friend-o’-celebrities J.T. Leroy, who, it was revealed last month, is the fictional creation of a middle-aged San Francisco musician and writer named Laura Albert. The film will be based on Warren St John’s New York Times‘ articles about the hoax.

harrylimetheme‘s Ben Slater has started a new blog, Kinda Hot, about his experiences writing his recently completed book on the making of Peter Bogdanovich‘s 1979 "Saint Jack":

[I]n late 2001, I knew I was going to move to Singapore in 6 months. A massive life-change, and I was not quite sure what I intended to do when I got there. I decided to create for myself a project, and ordered the DVD of "Saint Jack" on Amazon and before it even arrived I was plotting something for my future.

The film was everything I expected and more. I loved it despite imperfections, but it was the spontaneous moment that it seemed to capture, a lost episode in so many filmographies, a buried bit of Singapore history. Before the credits rolled, I knew that I was going to research the ‘making of’ as soon as I arrived in the Lion City.

Jeremy Dauber at the Christian Science Monitor speculates on what a variable pricing plan for movie theaters would be like:

Using a calculator, or optimally, a slide rule, determine the ratio of explosions to heavy-handed expositional monologues delivered by vaguely European bad guys. Multiply the resulting number by 10, and add that percent to ticket price. If done properly, a movie like "Hiroshima, Mon Amour" should stay about the same price, and the cost of a ticket to "Bad Boys 2" should be approximately infinity.

Via Reuters, Indian filmmaker Jayaraaj has managed to shoot a feature-length film in 2 hours and 14 minutes, breaking the world record. "Atbhutam (Wonder)" is loosely based on no less than Terri Schiavo‘s story.

Susan Wloszczyna at USA Today has a quick look at DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures continued ballsy, pricey support of forthcoming Beyoncé Knowles vehicle "Dreamgirls," based on the Broadway musical inspired by The Supremes, and a project that clearly looks (we’ll go ahead and say it) doomed, doomed, doomed. But what the hell do we know? The kids are apparently practically seizing over "High School Musical."

And, at the London Times, Wendy Ide reports back from the Bangkok International Film Festival:

The hot ticket of the festival, which sold out long before most Western delegates had even bothered to scrutinise the programme, was a gay Filipino film called "The Masseur." While in fact the film was heavy-handed, murkily shot and decidedly unerotic, its significance was put into perspective by a foreign correspondent to a German newspaper who told me that just seven years ago a lesbian film festival held in private premises in Bangkok was raided by the police.

+ Fake Author Gets His Own Biopic (Empire)
+ Coming my way? (Kinda Hot)
+ 10 rules for variable movie ticket pricing (Christian Science Monitor)
+ Indian filmmaker wraps movie in 2 hrs 14 min (Reuters)
+ Film moves ahead with supreme confidence (USA Today)
+ Playboys of the Eastern world (London 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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