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Kristofferson plays Canadian.There’s a bridge over the lake that famously shelters hundreds of bats, which, at dusk, swarm out in apocalyptic Russian blockbusteresque clouds. It goes on for maybe half an hour, and people gather on the bridge to watch…but we lucked into a room overlooking the lake at the Austin Four Seasons, so we can just stand at our window and watch, bypassing this whole "going outdoors" unpleasantness.

Speaking of the hotel, our most random celebrity moment to date was seeing Kris Kristofferson (here to promote "Disappearances"), looking ludicrously tanned and fit for someone 300 years old, bound out into the driveway (there is no sidewalk leading up to the hotel – as in L.A., nobody walks in Austin, TX), only to bound right back when his companion called out "Kris, your favorite!", at which point he rushed over to enthusiastically be introduced to Ray Romano (here for "95 Miles to Go").

Everyone is remarkably friendly and forthright at this festival, probably because it’s not yet swamped by press. In line for a morning screening of "Live Free or Die" (and SXSW, planning around its parties, doesn’t start its screenings until 11am), we chatted with "Disappearances" director Jay Craven, who was premiering his film that night, and who told us about the difficulties of having to self-distribute every one of his films to date. At a party later, an actor here promoting more than one film told us quite frankly which one he actually cared about. Barely, we kept ourselves from shouting: "HAH! I’m going to tell everyone you said that on MY BLOG!" and running around the party waving our hands over our head and laughing madly. We’ve heard claims that this year’s attendance is up anywhere from 40 to 50% from last year, and while we’re happy for everyone involved, we’d hate to see it become much bigger, because right now it seems perfect – big enough that buyers are here, bringing with them the tantalizing possibility of getting one’s film picked up for theatrical release, but small enough that filmmakers still have time to see each others’ films, and that you don’t get turned away from screenings you didn’t get to at least an hour before start time.

And, we’ve hardly the first to say it, but the Alamo Drafthouse is sheer bliss. A pint of beer, a plate of fried pickles, and an afternoon screening – yes!

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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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