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Odds: Tuesday – Asia on JT, the Razzies, the ISAs.

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Here at IFC News, Dan Persons has a great Q&A with Asia Argento on "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things" and the JT Leroy scandale:

JT Leroy: Blessing or curse?

Both. It’s really both. Personally, it’s a blessing because it was a very important thing in my life to make this movie, and curse because it was a very hard thing to make. The whole hoax thing… Like everybody, I believed that this was really JT’s life. I had to, you know. Laura — who now I call "Laura"; for me it was "Emily" all this time — she tried actually to tell me a bunch of times that she had written it, and I dismissed it. I dismissed it because I didn’t want… I was like, This woman, she’s crazy, why does she want to take advantage… she wants to say that she wrote it? I thought maybe she had helped.

The furor over the "Crash" win may have obscured the Razzies (or beat them at their own game) — for the record, the Jenny McCarthy-scripted "Dirty Love" (which actually premiered at Sundance last year) won Worst Picture. The rest of the lucky winners are here.

Er, the furor over the "Crash" win may have obscured the Independent Spirit Awards — where they managed to give "Crash" a side prize while still crowning "Brokeback Mountain" Best Feature. Eugene Hernandez at indieWIRE has coverage and the complete list of winners.

At the Boston Globe, Wesley Morris argues that "Brokeback" suffered because it wasn’t actually a political film — it has politics thrust upon it.

Ang Lee‘s adaptation of Annie Proulx‘s short story was not out to attack us with a statement. It really is just an unhappy love story that happens to have enormous social relevance because its protagonists are two men. Yet the movie’s biggest supporters may have turned an otherwise innocent film into a cause that got on voters’ nerves. The dialogue became quotable, and the poster was mocked, lessening the emotional seriousness and making for a once-in-a-lifetime pop-culture phenomenon.

"Crash," which many Los Angelenos have come to regard as gospel, was the logical beneficiary.

Tim Padgett at Time notes that the brief glimpse we got of Mel Gibson in the Oscar intro offered a preview of "Apocalypto"‘s Mayan.

The Reeler reviews the Oscar liveblogs.

At the Guardian, JG Ballard takes a melancholy look Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of his autobiographical novel "Empire of the Sun."

After 40 years my memories had shaped themselves into a novel, but only three years later they were mutating again.

Hazy figures now had names and personalities, smiles and glances that I had seen in a dozen other films: John Malkovich, Nigel Havers, Miranda Richardson. With them was a brilliant child actor, Christian Bale, who uncannily resembled my younger self. He came up to me on the set and said: "Hello, Mr Ballard. I’m you." He was followed by an attractive young couple, Emily Richard and Rupert Frazer, who added: "And we’re your mum and dad."

And at the Village Voice, J. Hoberman surveys the way "The New World"‘s instantly took its place as a cineaste cult classic:

Who will deny that America has seldom needed a redemptive myth as badly as it does now? On the evening of February 23, 2006, I attended the movie’s last screening at BAM, along with a rapt audience of 19. Many had obviously seen  The New World before. Now it was about to vanish from their world. Sitting closest to the screen, a few remained in their seats for the entire bird-call-scored credits, waiting until the last avian note faded to silence in the empty room.

+ The Ghost of JT Leroy: Asia Argento’s Deceitful "Heart" (IFC News)
+ 26th Annual Golden Raspberry Award "Winners" (Razzies.com)
+ "Brokeback," "Capote," "Crash," "Transamerica" Honored With Spirit Awards (indieWIRE)
+ Hollywood isn’t being straight with gay community (BostonGlobe.com)
+ Mel Gibson’s Oscar Moment, in Maya (Time)
+ One Final, Excruciating Date With Oscar: Reviewing the Liveblogs (The Reeler)
+ Look back at Empire (Guardian)
+ Paradise Now (Village Voice)

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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…