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"HIM? You fell in love with a boy? That's silly."
Quotables from the latest round of interviews and profiles:

Woody Allen, with Sam Allis at the Boston Globe:

So there really is then, such a thing as a Woody Allen movie?

"I myself don’t think there is, but people will talk about my kind of movie and being able to identify it, and if they’re criticizing it they’ll say it has a sameness and if they like it they’ll say it’s an auteur movie.

"The truth of the matter is to me they’re all very different, but it’s like Chinese food. You can eat differently every night of the year in a Chinese restaurant but in the end it’s all Chinese food. . . You’re in the mood for it tonight or you’re not."

Luc Besson, with Wendy Ide in the London Times, on returning to directing after six years (with "Angel-A"):

"I believe in signals. You meet someone once, then the week after you meet them a second time. I like to believe in that, I don’t know if it is true. It was also a question of timing. It was a good moment for Jamel [Debbouze], he is a comic. He is known for that. But he was wounded when he was 13. (Debbouze has lost an arm.) He has all this pain inside him. And he starts to feel the desire to express it. Just once in a while to do something different and serious. And here I come, with a script that he loved."

Steve Carell, with Logan Hill in New York (and we’ve heard the dreaded E-word being attached to his performance in "Little Miss Sunshine" — yes, yes, EndOfYearBestOfList):

"Oh, I’m so Hollywoody now," he tells me. On Conan, he announced that he’s selling out with a sequel called "The 41-Year-Old Whore . . . It’ll be a hard X." "I’m a jerk," he told Matt Lauer. "I’m huge; I’ve totally changed."

Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland  (the directors of "Quinceañera"), with Margy Rochlin at the New York Times:

Recently it was reported that two backers of "Quinceañera" — Nicholas T. Boyias and Avi Raccah, both listed as executive producers — work behind the scenes in pornographic films. At the mention of this nugget of unintended publicity, Mr. Westmoreland’s quick smile faded a little, and his thin shoulders drooped. Then, he rallied.

"I call it my ‘Blue Period,’ " he said, crediting the four years he spent filming direct-to-video sex movies as a sort of renegade cinema school. "It was really like working on Roger Corman movies or being a B-movie director in the 40’s, where you get to write and direct very fast and practice your skills."

Keith Fulton, (co-director of the fantastically strange "Brothers of the Head" and, before that, "Lost in La Mancha") at indieWIRE:

What is your definition of "independent film"?

I think that this notion has become very difficult to define. It used to describe films that were made outside the studio system and without the same kinds of pressures that movies made within that system face. I think of Spike Lee‘s early films and Robert Rodriguez paying for everything with a credit card. Now it seems to me that the same pressures apply to so-called independent films to stack the cast with as many celebrities as you can get and with an equal number of executive producers. It sounds really hateful, but now I actually use the word "indie" as a negative. It usually means to me a family drama with the same actors who were in the last family drama with a title that sounds unusual but which will be explained by the time the film is over.

Sam Neill, with Chrissy Iley in the Guardian:

At the moment Neill is filming Henry VIII in Ireland – he plays Cardinal Wolsey. "The good thing about the part is I can put on as much weight as I like for reasons of historical veracity. It’s not hard in Ireland. The Guinness is so good. I see paintings of Wolsey and he really was a fat bastard, and conflicted. Dealing with the whims of a prince – it’s a man’s job."

François Ozon, with Ruthe Stein in the San Francisco Chronicle:

Ozon found his calling at age 16 when he confiscated the family’s Super-8 after deciding that his father was botching their home movies. One of Ozon’s first efforts depicts his brother killing their parents.

"My mother and father said, ‘OK, we’ll do it because we prefer you kill us in a film and not in reality.’ My mother was killed with poison and my father with a coffin on his face." It took some grilling to establish that he meant pillow. A coffin might have really done his dad in.

John C. Reilly, with Jacques Steinberg in the New York Times:

"…[P]eople ask me a lot, ‘What’s it feel like to be a character actor?’ I say that when I work, I always see my character as the main character in his life story, even if it’s a small part or a cameo.’"

"Then people ask me, do you ever want to be center stage?’" he said. "I don’t feel that way. But people say it. Should I?’"

Uma Thurman, with Gill Pringle in the Independent:

"I’ve been trying to do it [comedy] for 20 years and nobody would give me a job. I’ve always known I would be good at it if anybody would let me do it. I read scripts and I wanted to do them but they wouldn’t consider me – only other people that you know who do those kinds of movies all the time. I couldn’t even get auditions for certain things. So this is very exciting for me and I’m hoping that I can do more like this. Because actually this is much more fun for me and much closer to me and I’ve more to draw from playing quirky crazy girls obsessed with relationships than I do women who carry samurai swords."

+ For Woody Allen, the big picture involves maintaining autonomy (Boston Globe)
+ Is cool-hand Luc a hostage to success? (London Times)
+ Steve Carell’s Smokin’! (New York)
+ Keith Fulton, Co-Director of "Brothers of the Head" (indieWIRE)
+ Not Fat, Not Greek, Not a Wedding, but What a Party (NY Times)
+ Put it away, Sam…  (Guardian)
+ French connection (San Francisco Chronicle)
+ One of These Days Audiences May Remember John C. Reilly’s Name (NY Times)
+ Uma Thurman: Wonder woman (Independent)

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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…