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Ollie.

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Mr. Miller, I presume?
So omnipresent is the good Mr. Stone at the moment that you can almost construct a wondrous and contradictory conversation from various interviews with and profiles of him. For instance:

Nicolas Cage, talking to Ruthe Stein at the San Francisco Chronicle:

"I would make jokes like, ‘You’re not going to get avant-garde with this, are you? This isn’t "Natural Born Killers." ‘ But Oliver wanted it to be almost — the words he used were ‘cinema verite.’ ”

Stone himself, with Shawn Levy at The Oregonian:

Well, Paul [Greengrass]’s film was done in the style of cinema verité, which is different from what we did.

In that spirit, we present the following interview collage of Oliver Stone, director, writer, enigma, big talker:

Via William Arnold at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

Stone thinks he’s been unfairly pigeonholed as a director. "My films
are all different from one another, and my approach has varied with
each story. ‘Salvador’ is nothing like ‘The Doors’ or ‘Any Given
Sunday.’
But because I tend to speak out on issues, my movies are
regarded with … suspicion. It’s frustrating. I’m a citizen, why
shouldn’t I be able to speak out?"

Via Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune:

"I’m not that political. It’s not my game. Where I shot
myself in the foot was between the films, when I was quoted on politics
because I have this rebellious side. … When people say, `What do you
think?’ I feel like John Q. Citizen; I have the right to answer. I’m
not just a filmmaker, I’m also a guy who served my country, had
families, paid taxes. … I know America in a certain way, and I have a
right to [expletive] say something."

Via Sam Allis at the Boston Globe:

"I would describe myself as an independent centrist," he
says. "I admire slower change in society. I believe conservatism is a
good thing in many ways. Change is a big thing. The ’60s shook me. I
went from very conservative to exploding war veteran."

Via Stephen Whitty at the Newark Star-Ledger:

"Why can’t I be seen as a filmmaker who tried new styles,
someone who — everything he did, whatever subject he did — was always
provocative and interesting?," he asks, a look of genuine bafflement on
his face. "Why am I always a controversial person?"

Via Rush and Molloy (twice in one day — trashy!) at the NY Daily News:

But he scoffs at talk that Paramount execs pressured him to keep politics out of "World Trade Center." "I was trying to tell a story that moved people," he said. "I wasn’t trying to make people happy or be a good boy. I’m a bad boy."

Via Ruthe Stein at the San Francisco Chronicle:

"It’s sad, but true," he acknowledges. "If I could change my name like John le Carre does when he writes books, I would have done it years ago." He’s even picked a pseudonym — Alex Miller.

So, a citizen, not that political, an independent centrist and misjudged source of controversy who’s also a bad boy who longs to free his inner Alex Miller. We’re seeing the film tonight (thanks, Aaron) — who knows what mysteries lie in wait? Word so far is pretty good, and we’re not quite sure why the film’s clear sentimentality seems so much more palatable to us than Greengrass’ dry-eyed briskness.

+ A HERO’S TALE (SF Chronicle)
+ Oliver Stone talks about "World Trade Center" (Oregonian)
+ Oliver Stone focuses on the good that came out of 9/11 (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
+ OLIVER STONE’S MIDDLE GROUND (Chicago Tribune) 
 + No longer a roiling Stone? (Boston Globe)
+ What’s weighing on Oliver Stone? (Newark Star-Ledger)
 + ‘WTC’ isn’t dawn of new Stone age (NY Daily News)

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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 IFC.com

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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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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…