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Odds: Monday – Pirates, Je T’Aime.

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Moi non plus.The site for another big Cannes title, massive anthology film "Paris Je T’aime," is live here, with photos and trailer (click "Film Annonce"). In French, natch — no US distributor for this one either, despite looking mighty charming.

At The Hot Button, David Poland big hearts "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest," "easily the best studio confection of the year… kicking ass, taking names, and reminding us all of the joy that going to a big summer movie is supposed to inspire in us."

Slightly old, and we’re still having trouble believing it: Newsweek‘s Lorraine Ali reports on the new plan to dissuade suicide bombers: "A new, American-made PSA aimed at discouraging these deadly attacks is currently in production. The ad is slated to air as a 60-second spot on Iraqi television this summer."

"We all watch it on the evening news," says [LA-based production company] 900 Frames partner Drew Plotkin, "but we’re using a 120-camera set up that was used in films like ‘The Matrix.’ It gives a frozen-in-time feeling. Instead of seeing a flash and ambulances racing to the scene, we’re showing the street right before the attack, during and right after. That will communicate the horror, the carnage, the human toll these attacks take on innocent civilians."

At the LA Times, Paul Cullum interviews "Ned? Ned Ryerson?!" himself, Stephen Tobolowsky.

Chris Nashawaty at Entertainment Weekly chats with Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez about "Grind House":

Why do you love the exploitation movies of the ’70s so much?

A lot of these movies, when Quentin would show them, the prints would be in disrepair. So sometimes you’d miss key lines of dialogue, or you could tell whole scenes were cut out because the film broke there.

We were watching this Oliver ReedRichard Widmark movie called "The Sell-Out," and it was missing a reel right in the middle. And I’ve come to like it that way. I don’t even want to know what happens in the missing reel. I like having to figure it out. Richard Widmark has this girl, and you can’t tell if Oliver Reed had sex with her in the missing reel or not. Maybe he did, and that’s why they’re all mad at each other. It was Rick ["Dazed and Confused"] Linklater‘s idea that we do the missing reel.

RODRIGUEZ We tried to use that stuff to our favor. In my film, we have a missing reel. A sign comes up in the second-half that says ”Missing Reel.” It’s like you went on a 20-minute bathroom break and you come back and all hell’s broken loose.

At the Japan Times, Mark Schilling reviews "Imprint," Takashi Miike‘s infamous banned installment of "Master of Horror," and interviews Miike.

The Toronto Star‘s Peter Howell ain’t interested in boxing with Uwe Boll: "If the prize in the boxing match were a promise from Boll that he would never again make a movie, it might be worth bulking up on the protein shakes to take him on. But I doubt I could trust Boll to do the right thing, since nothing short of a Scud missile attack could keep him away from a movie camera."

IBN Live reports that Bollywood beauty-queens-turned-actresses Sushmita Sen (Miss Universe ’94) and Aishwarya Rai (Miss World ’94) both have plans to "star in separate films about the life of freedom fighter Rani Lakshmibai."

And a, two photos from Wong Kar Wai‘s currently filming (in New York, nonetheless) "My Blueberry Nights" — one and two.

+ Paris, Je T’Aime (Official site – France)
+ June 26, 2006 (The Hot Button)
+ This Is Your Street Mid-Bombing (MSNBC)
+ Stephen Tobolowsky Adds a Name to the Face (LA Times)
+ ‘House’ Mates (EW)
+ Dial J for horror (Japan Times)
+ Takashi Miike makes his mark (Japan Times)
+ Uwe Boll can kiss the canvas without me (Toronto Star)
+ Sush ‘n’ Ash strike swords for film (IBNLive)
+ "My Blueberry Nights" shoot 1 (

+ "My Blueberry Nights" shoot 2

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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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