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We love the 80s…?

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According to Jen Chaney at the Washington Post, the implicit promise of the title of the just-released "Pretty in Pink: Everything’s Duckie Edition" DVD is just a tease. It doesn’t contain the legendary original conclusion of the Molly Ringwald staple, in which Ringwald ditches Andrew McCarthy for Jon Cryer‘s quirky Duckie, and they dance to David Bowie‘s "Heroes." Test audiences wouldn’t have it, and they reshot the finale so that she ended up with the droopy rich kid. Ah, the 80s. The disk does apparently come with "The Lost Dance," a featurette on the whole debacle:

"The Lost Dance" shares some interesting details about the controversial reshoot, including the fact that Ringwald was opposed to the Duckie ending, too. "Once they cast Jon and we started working together, I thought ‘There’s no way this ending will work,’" she says. "It seemed like I was ending up with my brother."

Mandi Bierly interviews Cryer at Entertainment Weekly, and there’s all kinds of goodness:

What did you think of Andie’s prom dress? It was, aesthetically speaking, quite controversial.
I think the costume designer was trying to transcend the era. I think had she done the ultimate ’80s dress, it would have ended up being a joke. So she tried to do something very sort of French… and baggy. It is what it is. I think it’s very lovely.

At the Chicago Tribune, Jill Vejnoska interviews another 80s icon with interesting shoes, Paul Reubens.

Q. Your post-"[Pee-wee’s] Playhouse" resume includes an Emmy-nominated guest arc on "Murphy Brown," an active voice-over career and a couple of current big-screen roles ("The Tripper," "Reno 911!: Miami"). Any chance we’ll see more of Pee-wee?

A. There are two Pee-wee scripts for movies. The one that looks like it’s getting made first [takes place] almost completely outside of the playhouse. The King of Cartoons disappears, so it’s an epic adventure story. It will be very funny just to see those characters out of the playhouse. A lot of them are a little on the clunky side. The idea of Chairry leaving the playhouse to go on a road trip, that’s part of what I think is funny. We hope to start shooting early next year.

+ ‘Pink,’ Almost Perfect on DVD (Washington Post)
+ Don’t You Forget About Duckie (Entertainment Weekly)
 + Pee-wee back on TV, maybe silver screen (Chicago Tribune)

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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…

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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.

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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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