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"There's nothing like a Rolls - not even a Bentley!"
As Roger Ebert recovers from emergency surgery, a few tributes to his debut screenwriting gig back in 1970, the ineffable (in its own special way) "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls," along with the film that preceded and inspired it. At the Boston Globe, Howard Karren notes that in the recently re-released "Valley of the Dolls"/"Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" set, "Valley" is "little-girl pink," while "Beyond" is "little-boy blue." Karren writes that "Much as the Jacqueline Susann best seller that the original is based on is all about women and their dreams and identities, [Russ] Meyer‘s follow-up…is also about women, albeit large-breasted women, as well as the men who desire them and who want to be them," but still assiduously attempts to use the colors as signifiers for the films’ differing fans, pointing out the first film’s gay following and the second film’s, er, less easily defined appeal.

Better than the article itself is Karren’s sidebar, in which he runs down notable America crossovers between the world of critics and world of screenwriters.

At the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Johnny Ray Huston and Cheryl Eddy pen mash notes to "Valley" and "Beyond" respectively. Huston:

There are so many wacky moments to love, like the lingering seconds when a necklace around Patty Duke‘s neck assumes a bra shape over what her character would call "boobies" midway through one musical number. There is Duke’s rollicking performance, which careens from cross-eyed lousy to directly — not just campily — wonderful and back again with a fervor matched only by Elizabeth Berkley in "Showgirls." There are the tossed-off lines — so true — about how bitchy fags can be, and how booze helps dolls work faster. And finally there is [Susan] Hayward, marching forward through this stinkin’ show, rolling with the below-the-belt punches, with or without a wig, but always with dignity.


Has Hollywood ever been so satirically skewered? Has a single film ever crammed in so many genres — musical, comedy, melodrama, youth-gone-wild, slasher? Has the Bentley vs. Rolls sex question ever been so definitively answered?

No. No, certainly not.

+ Beyond the beyondness of the ‘Dolls’ (Boston Globe)
+ Critics turned screenwriters: thumbs up? (Boston Globe)
+ But I love it! (SF Bay Guardian)
+ Strap it on (SF Bay Guardian)

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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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