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Odds: Tuesday – Mr. Moto, Maggie, “Miss.”

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Scarlett Jo.
It’s confirmed: Heath Ledger=The Joker. In other casting news, Empire reports that Bill Pullman is in talks to play Philip K. Dick in "Panasonic," an indie biopic of the writer to be  directed by Matthew Wilder.

In the Washington Post, Paul Farhi writes about how Scarlett Johansson‘s scrappy cub reporter in "Scoop" is one in "a long line of cinematic print reporters. With occasional exceptions, newspaper people usually get the hero treatment in movies and TV shows." That’s as opposed to TV (We are mad as hell! We aren’t going to take it anymore!) — and there are hardly enough films on web-based journalists to generalize.

At the Boston Globe, Ty Burr outlines why "Miami Vice" is a great summer flick and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest" is not:

"Miami Vice" [is] the most fun I’ve had in a movie theater in months.

I feel dirty even saying that. It stars Colin Farrell; it’s based on a TV show that was ’80s camp even while it was on the air — how can such a film be taken seriously? Because: (a ) it’s not meant to be, and (b ) its craftsmanship is nevertheless of the highest and most serious order. Moviegoers have responded; the film was the first to topple "Pirates" from its perch at the top of the box-office.

In this week’s New York Times DVD column, Dave Kehr writes about Fox Home Video’s box set of the first four Mr. Moto films, which starred Peter Lorre, unlikely enough, as the Japanese "adventurer, explorer, soldier of fortune."

In the San Francisco Chronicle, John Clark interviews Eva Marie Saint about John Frankenheimer‘s "Grand Prix," which also recently came out on DVD, and a few other films:

Q: So I guess you didn’t have any blue-screen scenes. Not like Hitchcock.

A: The Mount Rushmore scene (in "North by Northwest") was done on a stage.
It was made of rubber. The Parks Commission wouldn’t allow us to deface the
real Mount Rushmore.

Q: Is it true that he treated actors like cattle?

A: False, false. He didn’t give much direction to the actors. He just shot
what he had in mind. He took such good care of us. I called him my sugar daddy.

Q: I’ll bet he liked that.

A: He did.

Entertainment Weekly‘s Missy Schwartz profiles Maggie Gyllenhaal, who has four releases in the next four months. Also in EW, Owen Gleiberman writes about the silliness of the Sundance bubble phenom, and wonders if "Little Miss Sunshine" will be its latest victim:

Yet even if Little Miss Sunshine succeeds brilliantly in the real world, to me it will always be, in spirit, the quintessence of Sundance bubbledom: a festival hit that generates excitement not because it’s original, or even very good, but because it represents the alternative to what’s alternative.

+ "Batman" Goes for "Brokeback" (E! Online)
+ Bill Pullman As Philip K Dick (Empire)
+ It Pays to Be a Print Journalist — in Films (Washington Post)
+ Is a well-crafted movie too much to ask for? (Boston Globe)
+ New DVD’s: Mr. Moto Collection (NY Times)
+ Maggie, Maybe… (EW)
+ Will ‘Miss’ Hit? (EW)

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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…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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