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"I prefer to keep my feelings to myself."

A trailer for Stephen Frears"The Queen" is here; the film, which will open the New York Film Festival, stars Helen Mirren in her second incarnation as a Queen Elizabeth and her 7,000th as a member of the monarchy. Looks rather good, though it is strange to see actors playing active public figures.

A trailer for "Aurora Borealis" is here; nothing distinguishing except that it features a romance between Joshua Jackson and Juliette Lewis — weird ("I see angels, Pacey. They’re comin’ down for us from heaven…").

A trailer for Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady‘s doc-of-minor-festival-controversy "Jesus Camp," is here.

And a trailer for "Le Petit Lieutenant," a crime drama from Xavier Beauvois (of "Selon Matthieu") is here.

Elsewhere, because one true crime tale at a time is not enough, New Line has bought the rights to former detective Steve Hodel’s book "Black Dahlia Avenger," which purports to solve the 60-year-old mystery. The murder was…the author’s father!

"I found out that George Hodel was the prime suspect all along," Hodel told Variety. "The D.A. was days away from arresting him, but the police department was very corrupt. The files were sanitized, the physical evidence disappeared." [via Empire]

Via Coming Soon, Woody Allen is so over London. His next film will be set in Barcelona, after which he will doubtless leap from metropolis to metropolis like a haggard cultural vampire desperately jonesing for another jolt of career revival.

Via the Guardian, George A. Romero is set to write and direct a fifth "of the Dead" movie — "Diary of the Dead" follows "college students who are filming their own horror movie in the woods when they happen upon a real zombie uprising."

"It has my sensibility, my sense of socioeconomic satire," Romero told the Hollywood Reporter. "And it has my zombies! They’re not rushing around – they’re gonna be moving slow." Plenty of howling is also promised.

Via WENN, Richard Kelly‘s "Southland Tales" may be chopped down as much as an hour:

He tells
Hotdog magazine, "What’s disappointing, frustrating is that now I don’t
know that Southland Tales will be seen in the United States. Maybe it
will, but potentially it could be shown with almost an hour of it
missing. I don’t quite know what that film is. It was intended to be
this epic LA story. I just don’t know if I have the energy anymore. I
tried. I tried. And hopefully they’ll (the fans) get a chance to see it
at some point."

Elisabeth O’Leary at Reuters look into Menno Meyjes‘ bullfighter biopic "Manolete," which star Adrien Brody as the titular bullfighter and Penélope Cruz as his lover, actress Lupe Sino, an apparent source of controversy:

As Manolete bled to death after his fatal goring on August 28, 1947, Sino was barred from seeing him on "doctor’s orders" in case the matador tried to marry her in his final moments.

Even then matadors earned a fortune, and a deathbed marriage would have snatched the juicy inheritance from his family.

Despite efforts to blacken her character, it is widely accepted that Manolete and Sino were besotted with one another.

And two set visits in the Sunday New York Times — Whitney Joiner stops by Marfa, TX, the setting of "Giant" and, more recently, "No Country for Old Men," the new Coen brothers film; John Anderson goes to Tulsa, OK, where director Sterlin Harjo is shooting "Four Sheets to the Wind":

Almost the entire cast and many of the crew members are American Indians. “Among ourselves,” said [producer Chad] Burris, an Oklahoma native and Chickasaw, “it’s more like ‘Induns.’ ” Not coincidentally, interpretations and definitions become knotty factors in an Indian movie, something rare enough that unfair expectations and obligations naturally attach themselves to it.

+ Trailer: The Queen (Apple)
+ Trailer: Aurora Borealis (Yahoo)
+ Trailer: Jesus Camp (AOL)
+ Trailer: Le Petit Lieutenant (Cinema Guild)
+ Another Black Dahlia film planned (Empire)
+ Details on Woody Allen’s Spanish Project (
+ Return of the zombie master (Guardian)
+ Kelly Upset with Planned Movie Edits (WENN)
+ Film to show doomed love of Spanish matador (Reuters)
+ Hollywood Stampedes a Texas Town, and Tranquillity Rides Into the Sunset (NY Times)
+ This Time, the Indians Tell Their Own Story (NY 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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