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Quotables: Hammer and “the last hurrah.”

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"I think my Dad would be happy to know his two girls are still fighting over him."We’re back, having overcome a bout with flesh-eating bacteria (but
never will we overcome our tendency to exaggerate for dramatic effect). While we catch up, a few selections:

At MTV, Justin Lin shares with Larry Carroll this tidbit about the fascinating journeys to gathering cash for one’s independent film:

"I wouldn’t be here today
if it wasn’t for [MC] Hammer," Lin said. "When I was using all my credit
cards, I had maxed them out and had to go out trying to get investors
… the only guy I knew was MC Hammer, who I had met once in Vegas. It
was at a trade show, and I was doing some research. And we talked, and
he gave me his number."

"I called him and said: ‘Hammer, I know you don’t really know me, but
I’m doing this passion project. … It’s called ‘Better Luck Tomorrow’
and I just need some help." The rapper stepped up to the plate, "BTL"
made Lin an in-demand Hollywood filmmaker, and now he’s determined to
never forget such kindness.

"He wired me the money," Lin marveled. "He didn’t even know me, and he
gave me the money and saved my ass. So we became really close friends,
and I’m forever grateful."

From Michael Shelden‘s interview with Isabella Rossellini in the Telegraph about the road leading up to "My Dad Is 100 Years Old":

In the mid-Eighties, when Isabella Rossellini’s daughter – Elettra – was five, the little girl’s teacher asked her class:

"What would you do if you got lost in the airport?"

Without hesitation, Elettra shot back: "I’d look for my mamma’s poster and wait underneath it for help."

The Toronto Star‘s ever-interesting Geoff Pevere weighs in how to become a good film critic (or filmmaker):

That’s why, when I’m approached by students or aspiring movie critics (frankly, a breed of aspirant who continues to mystify me) and asked for advice on what path to pursue to get a gig like this one, I suggest doing anything but going to film school or studying journalism. At least initially. Get out into the world first: explore, study, discover. Give yourself some experiences to build the kind of foundation that both journalism and filmmaking can only be enriched by.

(Or try this: study movies, if you want to practice journalism; or journalism, if you want to make movies.)

And, via WENN, Paul Newman, who on Thursday told AP "I will probably have one film left in me. The last hurrah," is apparently in talks to make that last film a reunion with Robert Redford:

"(We’re) working on something but it’s not by any means a slam-dunk. (It has to be) either a wonderful character in a wonderful film or a character that was acceptable in a film with some social content."

Redford jokes, "The real question is whether he can remember his lines or not."

Maybe they could do a sequel to "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" in which the two come back as eternal warriors fighting their way through all the wars in history, including Vietnam (bless you if you have any idea what we’re talking about).

+ Was That Vin Diesel? Justin Lin Scores Big Surprises For ‘Tokyo Drift’ (MTV)
+ People always say: ‘It’s Ingrid’ (Telegraph)
+ Learn the movie craft by living (Toronto Star)
+ Newman to re-team with Redford for final movie (WENN)

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Final Countdown

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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Rev Up

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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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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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…