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Odds: Monday – Playing catch-up.

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"Francois!"This did make us giggle. It’s awful, but we did giggle. From Caveh Zahedi‘s blog:

The film opened in Corvallis, Oregon, this week. It made 5 dollars on Friday, 5 dollars on Saturday, and 9 dollars on Sunday because of word of mouth.

At Slate, Armond White lavishes exorbitant praise on something we, for once, actually like: that Wes Anderson commercial. But really, the piece is a springboard for White to discuss the slowness with which certain hipster filmmaker churn out films: "For unaccountable reasons, it seems to take forever for this generation of bright young film artists—Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze, David O. Russell, Alexander Payne, Paul Thomas Anderson, Sofia Coppola—to make their next move on the Hollywood chessboard." We thought White himself coined the phrase "American Eccentrics" for this crew (here he  lightly writes that they’re "Captiously dubbed the American Eccentrics") — either way he finds space to backhand them a bit ("Meticulousness is no guarantee") while writing what’s far more interesting an essay than we’ve seen him come up with in his reviews at the New York Press of late.

At the Boston Globe, Bobby Hankinson questions a group of art students about the accuracy of "Art School Confidential," while at Salon, pilot Patrick Smith weighs in on the realism of "United 93."

At USA Today, Susan Wloszczyna tries to coin her own new term: "phenom films."

These aren’t cult faves. That term implies a late bloomer, and many of these out-of-nowhere hits made money the minute the projector clicked on. Porky’s, the bawdy template for all boys-gone-wild sex farces, oinked up a whopping $111.3 million back in 1982 — in today’s bucks, that’s a heaping $229 million of piggish behavior.

Declaring them sleepers doesn’t cut it, either, since they tend to be more like wake-up calls to an industry that often is clueless about what audiences really want.

At Wired News, Scott Carney reports on the community of expats working in Bollywood:

Filmmakers in India have always been wary of India’s powerful censor
boards, and until recently it was taboo to show kissing or drinking
alcohol in general-release films. Even when filmmakers thought they
could make it past the censors, they often had trouble casting local
actors for potentially career-destroying scenes. The answer to the
problem: Cast a foreigner.

While in the LA Times, Don Lee writes about how whole villages in China (grouped around Hengdian, the "Hollywood of the East") have found it more lucrative to serve as extra in the local film industry than to work as farmers.

Desson Thomson at the Washington Post really shouldn’t be encouraging the "personal memoir" in filmmaking  — for fuck’s sake, Thomson, the thinly disguised autobiography is already the plague of literature, don’t ruin films too!

Susan King at the LA Times talks to the stars and filmmakers behind "Goal! The Dream Begins," which we’re actually mildly intrigued by — it looks like it’s may be a post-Hollywood Hollywood formula flick, in which the US is finally reduced to the miserable, unappreciative location the hero must be rescued from.

Everyone’s linked to this already, but it’s worth it:

+ Word of Mouth (Caveh Zahedi)
+ Dear Wes Anderson (Slate)
+ But is it art school? (Boston Globe)
+ Ask the pilot (Salon)
+ What makes a film a phenom? (USA Today)
+ Try Out Bollywood’s Casting Couch (Wired News)
+ Chinese Villagers Trade Plowshares for Film Scripts (LA Times)
+ To Thine Own Tales Be True (Washington Post)
+ Timeliness: Will it help ‘Goal’ score? (LA Times)
+ Stranger Than Paradise – A Memoir (Zoom-in Online)
+ A Full Trailer For Tykwer’s Perfume (Twitch)

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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