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Some fluff and corporate whoring.

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Death by digital effects.
The 50 Years of Janus Films box set comes out today — we feel dirty and corporate writing this, but it may actually come in handy to someone: The IFC store has 50 or so to sell, priced at $600, which is as far as we can tell the lowest price on the web. So if you’re looking for that perfect something to impressively and "accidentally" strew across your coffee table when guests are over and to rest your microwaveable burrito on while watching "CSI: Miami" reruns the rest of the time, that would be the place to get it.

Movie City News reports that both CNN and National Public Radio are refusing to run ads for "Death of a President." The controversy! It’s threatening to reach a low simmer!

Jasper Rees interviews Peter O’Toole in the Independent

In the end, he went to the Oscars anyway. “It was all right,” he says.
“I enjoyed it, and my children were with me. The only thing that wasn’t
enjoyable was in the green room. I said, ‘Can I have a drink?’ ‘We have
lemon juice, apple juice, still or sparkling.’ I said, ‘No, I want a
drink. No drink?’ I said, ‘All right, I’m f***ing off. I’ll be back.’ A
man with earphones said, ‘No! No!’ Eventually, this vodka was smuggled
in. I had to turn it in for a while and cut down considerably. I still
like a drink.”

That would be 2003, the year he was given an honorary Oscar.

Also in the Independent, though a few days old, is a selection from Paul Wellings‘Sex, Lines and Videotape: Famous film quotes.’ It’s a straightforward selection; we’ve always liked "Grow up Heather, bulimia’s so ’87" ourselves.

More memorable lines: Edward Copeland at The House Next Door was a carefully composed list of five great movie monologues.

Jacques Perreti at the Guardian:

So, I am lying comatose, Pinot Grigio’d into oblivion, watching the end credits of Richard Curtis‘s astounding-in-so-many-ways movie Notting Hill, on its 800th successive Film4 retread (and yes, I watched it every night, and no, there isn’t anyone black in it, and yes, it does get better with each viewing), and suddenly it hits me. Hits me like a bison. Hits me like a train.

I sit bolt upright, sober. Jesus, I say to myself, this film isn’t about Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant at all! It’s about Madonna meeting Guy Ritchie.

Dennis Harvey at the San Francisco Bay Guardian revisits the pleasures of Dennis Hopper‘s "The Last Movie":

Who could make such a movie now? Might stars align again to permit such major-studio strangeness? Hard to imagine: The Fountain is nutty and navel-gazing but sentimental in a way Hopper’s auto-excoriating wack-off abhors. All those lysergically and vaginally oversatiated months spent editing The Last Movie make it a stand as memorably bold — if ruinous — as Custer’s.

Robert W. Welkos at the LA Times interviews Elisha Shapiro, founder of the Nihilist Film Festival. John Stanley at the San Francisco Chronicle interviews Cassandra Peterson, aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

And Andrew Sarris quote of the week:

Ryan Murphy’s Running with Scissors, from his own screenplay, based on the personal memoir of Augusten Burroughs, struck me as one of the funniest movies I have seen this year—though that may just be me. I have a weakness for crazy people just this side of homicide and suicide…

Who doesn’t, we ask you, who doesn’t?

+ CNN, NPR Won’t Run Ads for “Death of a President” (MCN)
+ ‘There’s no one better for a dirty old man’ (London Times)
+ Make my day: the best (and worst) lines in the history of film (Independent)
+ 5 for the Day: Monologues (The House Next Door)
+ Notting Hill – a film about Madonna and Guy (Guardian)
+ The Last Movie: Dennis on a plate (SF Bay Guardian)
+ Creating something from nihilism (LA Times)
+ SPEAKING OF DVDS: ELVIRA, MISTRESS OF THE DARK (SF Chronicle)
+ Curiously Timely Flags Is Ego-Lite, Except for Eastwood (NY Observer)

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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.

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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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