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Trailers: One here for Fox Searchlight’s "The Last King of Scotland," which looks a touch Oscary (it’s almost that time again); James McAvoy (aka Rory O’Shea, aka Mr. Tumnus, aka our new imaginary boyfriend) stars as Nicholas Garrigan, personal physician to Idi Amin (played by Forest Whitaker). One here for "Catch a Fire," from Phillip Noyce of "Rabbit Proof Fence"; Derek Luke stars as a reluctant terrorist battling evil Tim Robbins in Apartheid-era South Africa. And one here for Andrew Bujalski‘s soon to be self-released "Mutual Appreciation."

Elsewhere, via the Hollywood Reporter, "[t]wo filmmakers are so worried about the handling of late INXS singer Michael Hutchence’s legacy that they are making a movie about the Australian rocker before it gets tarnished any further." Clark Westerman and Hutchence friend Nick Egan are the two in question; the project will be called "Slide Away." Via Empire, there’s apparently another Philip K. Dick biopic in the works, this one supported by the author’s estate and to possibly star Paul Giamatti. And in further biopic developments, Chen Kaige‘s next, according to CRI, will be about the life of Peking Opera star Mei Lanfang, who career loosely inspired Chen’s "Farewell My Concubine."

At the Filmmaker blog, Scott Macaulay writes that Joe Swanberg‘s newest project, "Hannah Takes the Stairs," has "a great marketing hook…he’s cast folks like Mark Duplass, Andrew Bujalski, Todd Rohal, and Ry Russo-Young who are known for their own indie films (The Puffy Chair, Mutual Appreciation, The Guatemalan Handshake, and Orphans, respectively) as actors."

Rian Johnson, whose debut "Brick" comes out on DVD today  (and remains one of our favorites of the year so far), gives Devin Faraci at CHUD some details on his next film, "The Brothers Bloom":

Q: It looks like you’re working on a period piece.

Johnson: It’s not, actually. It looks that way because of the way the kids are dressed. I think the image on the site are of these two brothers – and the movie is called The Brothers Bloom – and it’s about these two guys who grow up in and out of foster homes as kids and they learn to survive by becoming con men. It starts out with this ten minute sequence of them pulling their first con as kids. It has a kind of Paper Moon type feel to it, that opening sequence. But in the rest of the movie it’s them as adults. It’s not period but it’s very much its own world, if that makes any sense. I think the style of it will owe more to the earlier part of the [20th] century than the later.

Garry Maddox at the Sydney Morning Herald catches up with Sundance martyr Daniel Myrick, who directed "The Blair Witch Project" (and not so much since). Myrick is casting his new film on the web, complete with online auditions: "For independent producers and filmmakers, this is a really good way to inexpensively see a lot of people."

Sandy George at The Australian interviews Daniel Lapaine, famous for playing the reluctant groom in "Muriel’s Wedding": "I spent three years studying the classics at NIDA and suddenly had to
strip down to my Speedos. I wanted to do more serious things so it was
a struggle for a while … but I feel glad so many people still love it
today." Lapaine’s directorial debut, "48 Shades," premieres at the Brisbane Film Festival on Thursday.

Finally, the BBC has a story on Irvine Welsh‘s ("Trainspotting," natch) new play "Babylon Heights" and the urban myth that inspired it — the "Munchkin suicide" scene in "The Wizard of Oz."

+ Trailer: The Last King Of Scotland (Apple)
+ Trailer: Catch a Fire (Latino Review)
+ Trailer: Mutual Appreciation (MutualAppreciation.com)
+ INXS singer Hutchence set for movie resurrection (HR)
+ Paul Giamatti Playing Philip K Dick? (Empire)
+ Chen Kaige Gets to Direct Mei Lanfang Biopic (CRI)
+ STEPPING UP (Filmmaker Blog)
+ EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: RIAN JOHNSON (BRICK DVD) (CHUD)
+ Filmmaker tries online auditions (Sydney Morning Herald)
+ A new shade to Muriel’s groom (The Australian)
+ What’s the myth of the hanged Munchkin? (BBC)

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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…