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But not the last.

Let no one accuse this blog of good taste. A round-up of the recently deceased:

June Allyson:

During World War II, American GIs pinned up photos of Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable, but June Allyson was the girl they wanted to come home to. Petite, blond and alive with fresh-faced optimism, she seemed the ideal sweetheart and wife, supportive and unthreatening.

With typical wonderment, Allyson expressed surprise in a 1986 interview that she had ever become a movie star:

"I have big teeth. I lisp. My eyes disappear when I smile. My voice is funny. I don’t sing like Judy Garland. I don’t dance like Cyd Charisse. But women identify with me. And while men desire Cyd Charisse, they’d take me home to meet Mom." [via Bob Thomas at the AP]

Barnard Hughes:

Speaking of the early years, when he was playing mostly minor parts in film and theater, Mr. Hughes said in a 1978 interview in The New York Times that he could have played the roles "without pants."

"I was always sitting behind something like a desk," he said. "I was a judge or a businessman or a lawyer or a doctor. Nobody saw my bottom half."

In 1981, Mr. Hughes played the rustic schoolmaster in the American premiere of Brian Friel‘s "Translations" at the Manhattan Theater Club. Frank Rich, in The Times, called Mr. Hughes’s performance "especially exciting," adding that "funny as he is, Mr. Hughes always turns his eyes sadly downward, as if he’s surveying the defeated landscape of his own soul." [via Campbell Robertson at the New York Times]

Juan Pablo Rebella:

Uruguayan filmmaker Juan Pablo Rebella, one of the most outstanding productions of the latest Latin American cinema, died on Thursday in Montevideo, sources close to the artist confirmed.

His death early Thursday morning was apparently a suicide, although details are still unknown. His colleague Pablo Stoll found him dead.

Rebella was born in 1974, studied at Catholic University and then began working with Stoll. They co-directed "25 Watts" and "Whisky," two of the emblematic films of the emerging Uruguayan cinematography. [via Prensa Latina]

Syd Barrett:

He spent the rest of his years living quietly in Cambridge, although for a time he also kept an apartment in Chelsea. His royalties from early Pink Floyd recordings ensured that he did not need to work and he passed much of his time painting. Fans who hunted him down found a remote, balding and heavy-set man who was unwilling — or unable — to talk. In 1987 The News Of The World knocked on his door and ran a two page "exposé" on what LSD had done to him and claimed that his drug use had left him virtually unable to string a sentence together.

That his reticence might have been because he did not want to talk to the tabloid press apparently did not occur to them. Yet although the story was cheaply sensational and caused some offense to his family, there was no doubt that drugs had contributed to his decline. The following year, his former Pink Floyd colleague Rick Wright claimed: "If he hadn’t had this complete nervous breakdown, he could easily have been one of the greatest songwriters today." [via the London Times]

Nigel Gordon, a film student at the time, made a silent 8mm short in 1966 consisting mainly of footage he shot of Barrett’s first encounter with psychedelics — it was released a few years ago for the hardcore fans who’d shell out for a 15-minute DVD, but is also, of course, on YouTube here.

+ June Allyson, ‘perfect wife,’ dies at 88 (AP)
+ Barnard Hughes, Character Actor, Dies at 90 (New York Times)
+ Outstanding Filmmaker Dies in Uruguay (Prensa Latina)
+ Times Obituary: Syd Barrett (London Times)
+ SYD BARRETT FIRST ACID TRIP (YouTube)

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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…