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Is that you, George? It's me, Kanbei.
We don’t really see films in the theater anymore, or going near the theater…or, well, getting outside much. Still, the "Apocalypto" poster? Rather compelling, even on screen.

MonkeyPeaches comes across a rumor (just a rumor, please treat it as such!) that Donnie Yen, Zhang Ziyi and…George Clooney were approached at Cannes by the Weinsteins regarding possible roles in their planned  (though possibly blasphemous) remake of "The Seven Samurai."

At Variety, Ben Fritz writes that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences is considering making day-and-date released films ineligible for Oscar consideration, something that seems unfair and backward and completely to be expected. We’re not particularly well-versed in Oscar qualifications, but we rather assumed films given a day-and-date release were already disqualified — doesn’t the Academy already require a window (at least between theatrical release and on-air premiere), or does that only apply to docs? We’d look it up, but…we can’t be bothered. Until someone makes an indisputably great, broadly appealing day-and-date film that demands the attention of the Academy, this isn’t going to be a pressing issue.

It’s not so much that we find the idea of dead animal actors innately funny (or so we prefer to tell ourselves), it’s that Low Culture‘s list keeps scrolling on and on.

Mark Russell interviews "The Host" (and "Memories of Murder") director Bong Joon-ho in the New York Times:

"In the mid 1990’s the Korean film industry was really open-minded," Mr. Bong said. "Hong Sang-soo and Kim Ki-duk made their debut then. Kang Je-gyu was editing his movie right next door to where I was working."

Since then Mr. Hong and Mr. Kim have grown into art-house favorites abroad, but their followings at home have all but dried up. Mr. Kang has revolutionized the film industry in Korea with his overt commercialism, smashing box office records twice now, but outside of Korea his films do not travel so well. Mr. Bong, however, continues to walk the line, balancing between the two sides without falling into either. "The multilevel, the conscious and the unconscious, is natural when I write scripts, when I come up with ideas and stories," he explained.

Amelie Gillette at the Onion AV Club interviews Paul Rudd. Cheryl Eddy at the San Francisco Bay Guardian talks with DIY filmmakers Rick Popko and Dan West as they’re finishing up "RetarDEAD," the sequel to their 2003 "Monsturd." Money quote: "In a nutshell, we kind of liken it to ‘Flowers for Algernon’ meets ‘Night of the Living Dead.’"

At Movie City Indie, Ray Pride writes of Stuart Cooper‘s 1975 "Overlord," which won the Silver Bear at Berlin that year and is only receiving a theatrical release now:

Cooper makes dozens of brilliant juxtapositions that do not jar but awaken the senses, but the movie is elusive, neither "Zelig" nor "Saving Private Ryan," but with worthy parallels to movies like Kevin Brownlow’s "It Happened Here" and Pontecorvo‘s "Battle of Algiers." Philosophically, it’s more like film essayist Patrick Keiller ("London") meeting Stanley Kubrick (and the fictional portions were shot by Kubrick’s favored cinematographer John Alcott).

And at Like Anna Karina’s Sweater, Filmbrain reviews "Takeshis’."

+ Apocalypto (onesheet) (ComingSoon)
+ Whom the Weinsteins Want for Their SEVEN SAMURAIS Remake? (MonkeyPeaches)
+ Braking Windows (Variety)
+ Animal Superstars: Where Are They Now? (Low Culture)
+ Unlike His Peers, the Director Bong Joon-Ho Likes Ideas and Metaphors (NY Times)
+ Paul Rudd (Onion AV Club)
+ Blood brothers (SF Bay Guardian)

+ Overlord (1975, ****) (Movie City Indie)
+ Being Takeshi Kitano (Like Anna Karina’s Sweater)

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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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