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Two Cannes quickies and nerd paradise.

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Harmony is a virtue.Dave Kehr, managing to break Cannes news from afar, writes that:

A source close to the production of Johnnie To‘s "Election 2," which is
screening out of competition in Cannes, tells me that mainland Chinese security
forces confiscated and burned the promotional brochures that had been prepared
for the film’s Croisette launch. The apparent reason: To’s "director’s
statement," in which he draws a parallel between the fictional Triad power
struggle he depicts and Chinese politics.

Kehr includes an excerpt of To’s director’s statement; Grady Hendrix at Kaiju Shakedown, following up on the story, offers a PDF of the brochure in question.

Please, distributor somewhere, pick up this film. Hey, it’s violent! That’s a marketing hook! Kids love the violence!

Out on the wires, Reuter‘s Bob Tourtellotte reports on Lou Ye’s "Summer Palace" press conference. The film was premiered without the approval of Chinese censors, which could prove seriously problematic for any plans for a theatrical release there.

"I will agree to remove any of the scenes they want," Lou told reporters at the Cannes film festival.

"I would do just about anything to ensure the film can be seen in China. That is very important," he added later, speaking through an interpreter.

Meanwhile, here at IFC News, Matt Singer files a thoughtful report on E3.

Clearly, the appeal of becoming your favorite movie star is a major selling point for the industry. You can become Al Pacino in a new game based on "Scarface" (one which imagines what might have happened if Tony Montana had survived the film’s final slaughter), or play as Johnny Depp in "Pirates of the Caribbean" or fly as Brandon Routh‘s Superman in "Superman Returns: The Video Game." But if, as some video game creators suggested, games could ultimately replace movies in the hearts of Americans seeking entertainment, the symbiotic relationship between the two is less one-dimensional than some expressed. Basing your game on a movie or movie stars (like the original property "The Wheelman" starring Vin Diesel) gives you an instant sales pitch, not to mention an air of artistic legitimacy that numerous people I interviewed were quick to play up. But if video games replace movies, who will star in these video games and what will they be based on?

We don’t know if he knows about this yet, but there’s also a video of Matt at E3 singing a wicked karaoke duet to "Take On Me" up on YouTube. You might have to wash your eyes off afterward, but…enjoy!

+ Chinese Crackdown in Cannes (DaveKehr.com)
+ ELECTION 2 BROCHURES BURNED (KaijuShakedown.com)
+ Chinese director may cut film to satisfy censors (Reuters)
+ GEEK’S GUIDE: The Film Geek Achieves Nerd Nirvana at E3 (IFC News)
+ IFC Host Matt Singer Sings "Take On Me" (YouTube)

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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…