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Odds: Monday – Festive and not festive.

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Good Will Hunting vs. Howard Hughes.Rumor of the day: via Devin Faraci at CHUD, that Roman Polanski may have a small role in Brett Ratner‘s "Rush Hour 3."

…Yeah, we got nothin’.

Elsewhere, Yahoo has the trailer for Scorsese‘s long-awaited "Infernal Affairs" remake "The Departed" here — it’s not a particularly good trailer (the pettiest of our complaints — must everyone chew over their Boston accents so?) despite the ridiculously gifted cast. Jeffrey Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere reports that Warner Bros. has decided against showing the film at Toronto, which may mean something. Or nothing. has a trailer for Paul Verhoeven‘s Venice-accepted "Black Book" (via Movie City News).

Toronto’s announced the line-up for its Real to Reel international docs program — among the 13 world premieres are Asger Leth‘s "Ghosts of Cité Soleil," Lucy Walker‘s "Blindsight," AJ Schnack‘s "Kurt Cobain: About a Son," Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker‘s "The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair" and Tony Kaye‘s "Lake of Fire."

Chosun Ilbo notes that Bong Joon-ho‘s already acclaimed monster movie "The Host" broke Korean box office records this past weekend (it opened on Thursday). Meanwhile (via MonkeyPeaches) another Cannes favorite, Lou Ye‘s "Summer Palace," has still not managed to clear Chinese censors.

In the Japan Times, Mark Schilling reviews Goro (son of Hayao) Miyazaki‘s "Gedo Senki," Studio Ghibli’s adaptation of Ursula Le Guin‘s "The Farthest Shore." The younger Miyazaki is being primed to be his father’s successor; Schilling isn’t particularly impressed: "[T]he film remixes familiar Miyazaki imagery and themes, but without his knotty, wayward genius. It’s like a tribute band playing a new number ‘in the style’ of some departed great — and delivering everything but the greatness." The film, which will screen out of competition at Toronto, is Goro Miyazaki’s first.

+ Trailer: The Departed (Yahoo)
+ Warner Bros. has decided against showing Martin Scorsese’s The Departed… (Hollywood Elsewhere)
+ Paul Verhoeven’s Zwartboek (Black Book) trailer and film stills online (

+ Rock Stars, Blind Mountain Climbers And Iraqi Prisoners Featured In Powerful Line-Up Of International Docs (TIFF)
+ "The Host" Stomps to Multiple Box Office Records (Chosun Ilbo)
+ SUMMER PALACE Rejected by Chinese Censors (MonkeyPeaches)
+ Cartoon capers (Japan Times)

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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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