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A few Cannes snapshots.

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"...ragingly punitive Danish anti-porn anime..."
Matt Dentler (who also notes that "Tartan did pick up North American rights for that film, ‘Princess,’ I liked and blogged about the other day") offers up a slew of photos, including one of "alas, my new best friend: the guy who sells crepes off a cart on the street."

Jeffrey Wells has a shot of the poster for the new Wong Kar Wai "My Blueberry Nights" (still, of course, only in pre-production) with Norah Jones looming large (Jude Law and Natalie Portman have just been added to the cast).

Scott Roxborough at the Risky Biz blog shares that:

London-based flacks (and Arsenal backers) DDA public relations, set up a ultra-wide screen TV at the Majestic Hotel and flew in a UK techie to set up a live British satellite feed of the [Arsenal vs. Barcelona football] match. The game – a nail-bitter that ended in a 2-1 victory for Barcelona – delivered more in the way of excitement, human drama and suspense, than most of your Festival films.

It also revealed a few things about national character. While the Spaniards watching were screaming and clapping madly at almost every play, the Brits remained stoic, only emitting a bitter “kick ‘em again!” whenever an Arsenal player fouled Barcelona star Ronaldinho.

From Kim Hyun at Yonhap News:

The Cannes Film Festival has given unanimous support to South Korean movie industry personnel fighting a trade deal with Washington that would cut a screen quota for domestic movies, according to its statement released here Monday.

"The Korean screen quota that was launched in 1993 made possible the development of diverse movies, which the Cannes Film Festival approves and pays its regards to," the festival’s board of directors said in a statement in French unanimously adopted in Cannes on Sunday. It was released in Seoul via an e-mail from the Korean movie workers.

About 70 Korean directors, actors and movie staff are in Cannes to publicize their protest. They have demonstrated publicly in South Korea to reverse the policy to cut a quota in theaters for homegrown movies. The reduction was a years-long demand from Washington under the influence of major U.S. studios.

Yeah, that’s still not going to change anything. Cool, though.

Jon Morrison at the Guardian‘s Culture Vulture blog:

[T]he one party we just couldn’t get into, no matter what we tried, was the Isle of Man Film bash on their yacht. We tried persuading them that we were going to shoot the next movie – a psychological thriller called "Cuckoo" – on their island. They seemed bemused. We tried saying how much we disliked paying taxes. They bristled. We even tried pretending they’d invited us but merely forgotten. They didn’t buy it. It was the first great failure of our trip. I mean – just what do you have to do to get on the boat?

And Gregg Goldstein at the Hollywood Reporter has Focus Feature’s big festival announcement:

Oscar winner Ang Lee is reuniting with longtime collaborator James Schamus and Focus Features to direct his follow-up to "Brokeback Mountain," the espionage thriller "Lust, Caution." Set in World War II-era Shanghai, the Chinese-language film is expected to begin production this fall.

+ Cannes 2006.7: Shower… Crepes (Matt Dentler’s Blog)
+ In front of Cannes’ Majestic Hotel  — Tuesday, 5.16.06, 5:15 pm (Hollywood Elsewhere)
+ Soccer Mad at Cannes (Risky Biz Blog)
+ Cannes backs Korean protest against cut in domestic film quota (Yonhap News)
+ Schmooze cruise (Guardian)
+ Lee’s future will include ‘Lust,’ WWII (Hollywood Reporter)

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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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