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“I’m still that kid who wants to be accepted.”

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"I hope this movie pisses people off."
Josh Rottenberg at Entertainment Weekly brings four directors together to "discuss the life of the modern auteur." It’s an odd angle for a feature, vaguely "none of these people are interesting enough for their own Q&A," but it does finally inform us of what a conversation between McG and Anthony Minghella would be like:

McG: I’m not that pure of an artist. I wish I were. I’m still that kid who wants to be accepted. I can’t just walk away and make my own little films in the closet.

MINGHELLA: Don’t apologize. It sounds like you’re apologizing.

McG: I suppose if I was a little more in touch with doing it for all the right reasons, I wouldn’t care. But I still sit in the back of the room and wring my hands and want so desperately for people to feel what I was trying to do.

McG is indeed on the cusp of his bid for Seriousness — his unfortunately named "We Are Marshall" opens on December 22nd. Christopher Guest and Catherine Hardwicke round out the rest of the auteur interview.

Other interviews: Over at Seed magazine, Anthony Kaufman talks with Darren Aronofsky:

How did you imagine the spaceship world of the film?

We had, at times, different controlling devices and holograms, but the more we played with it, the more we thought these are things that we can understand as a culture now, but actually might look ridiculous to us a generation down the line. So we decided to return the whole thing to an organic base. NASA has developed these biospheres, these spherical glass structures that have a balanced ecosystem that can live forever, in perpetuity. So we decided to create an environment where Tom and the Tree of Life lived in a balance. We developed the whole science of the ship, very deeply, probably too deeply because it doesn’t come across. But we thought if we had figured out how it all worked, it would sit in the background and be more truthful. So that’s how the bubble ship evolved and the organic nature of it.

Stephen Dalton interviews the ubiquitous Guillermo del Toro at the London Times:

As usual with Del Toro, the creature designs in Pan’s Labyrinth took shape in the sketchbook he always carries with him. He brings it to our interview, fingering its leather covers as we talk, bashfully awaiting an invitation to show off his work. Inside are page upon page of beautifully rendered beauties and beasts, part of a 300-page archive that spans his entire film career. “Four hundred pages if I had the Cronos one, which I gave away in a drunken stupor,” he sighs.

Delfin Vigil at the San Francisco Chronicle talks to Joshua Jackson about "Bobby":

"To tell you the truth, I hope this movie pisses people off," says Jackson, who, along with the rest of the cast, took the "Bobby" job for personal and political reasons. "This movie couldn’t be coming out at a better time for America because, unfortunately, there are too many parallels between 1968 and 2006. Pick your hot-button topic — war overseas, massive social inequality, deepening of racial and economic divides, social robber barons."

Oh, Pacey, you should be so lucky. At the Independent, Jonathan Romney interviews John Cameron Mitchell:

A particularly traumatic time was his spell in a Benedictine priory boys’ school in Scotland, where he was bullied a lot: "I did take comfort in the vespers and compline. I might have become a monk if I hadn’t come out." But his spiritual urgings didn’t chime with his awareness that he was gay: "You go to hell for that – we’re all going to hell, according to the Pope, because we’ve probably all masturbated and forgotten to confess it. Every time you masturbate, God kills a kitten," Mitchell says dryly, then after a perfectly timed pause, "There’s apparently a sex club called Killing Kittens."

Michael Giltz at the New York Daily News catches up with Kal Penn about…okay, about "National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj," but we love him. Also, he’ll be in that Jhumpa Lahiri adaptation next year — clahssay!

"Then it turns out that [director Mira Nair‘s] teenage son Zohran and his best friend, Sam, are huge ‘Harold & Kumar’ fans. They grabbed her, dragged her to a computer and said, ‘You need to watch Kal, he’s in our favorite movie, you have to audition him!’

"And every night Zohran would say, ‘Mom, did you get a hold of Kal yet?’ So if it were not for those two guys, I would not have gotten that movie."

And over at the Herald Sun, Jack Lewis chats up "Allan Smithee," the prefers-to-remain-anonymous author of "101 Movies to Avoid: The Most Overrated Films Ever!":

"I particularly hate long, slow films that you are supposed to unearth the ‘deeper meaning’ from. Cinema-going should be fun — it’s a shared experience and you should laugh, cry, tap your feet or cover your eyes.

"It’s not meant for tiresome and rather dull navel gazing or a road to being trendy (what the hell was Mulholland Drive about anyway?)

"It’s time for people to say that they don’t care about Sylvia Plath and that Gwyneth Paltrow is just plain annoying."

Those are approximately the sentiments we recall being expressed when "Sylvia" came out, so we have some doubts about the accuracy of Mr. Smithee’s sacred cowometer. Ah, but we suppose everyone need a schtick.

+ Lights, Camera, Inspiration (Entertainment Weekly)
+ TRANSCENDING DEATH (SEED)
+ When the biggest monsters are human (London Times)
+ ‘Dawson’s’ Actor Inspired by ‘Bobby’ (SF Chronicle)
+ John Cameron Mitchell: Let’s talk dirty (Independent)
+ Kal Penn goes to Hollywood (NY Daily News)
+ Classics? Don’t make me laugh (Herald Sun)

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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…