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Odds: Thursday – Apocalypso.

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"You bet your ass, lady."
Allison Hope Weiner at Entertainment Weekly interviews ol’ Mel, whose expression of racist outburst sympathy for Michael Richards has him quoted on the news wires again. It is, regardless of what you think of Gibson of this point, as interesting a read as you’d expected from an interview with someone who sees fit to make a $40 million movie entirely in ancient Mayan:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: At one point there’s blood spraying from a man’s head. Some people might find it funny because of the old Monty Python bit: It’s just a flesh wound!

MEL GIBSON: [Laughs] You’re right. Did you ever see Annie Hall? Woody Allen is standing in a movie line, arguing. And Marshall McLuhan comes in and is like, ”Hi, I’m Marshall McLuhan,” and wins the debate for him. Then Woody turns to the camera and says, ”Boy, if life were only like this.” That was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. So I’m at a screening in New Mexico and I showed Apocalypto, and this lady puts up her hand and says, ”That blood spurting — come on, that is just so fake. It’s absolute rubbish.” And I’m thinking, ”Oh, s—, maybe she’s right.” And all of a sudden this guy from the back of the room says, ”Excuse me. I’m a doctor.” And he comes down and says: ”It’s the such-and-such artery, and it runs along the base of the temple, and that is exactly what would happen.” I looked at the lady and said to myself, ”You bet your ass, lady.”

We’re oddly charmed despite ourselves. At the Reverseblog, brevitytheenemy writes that the film is "by no means the grand folly we’d all hoped – which is not to say that it’s any good."

At Wired News, Jason Silverman complains that "Hollywood has all but stopped producing challenging sci-fi films like The Fountain. Instead, Tinseltown funnels more and more resources into mega-budget, formula-driven and generally mediocre superhero and fantasy films."

Via Jill Goldsmith, Michael Fleming and Ian Mohr at Variety, George Clooney will star in "White Jazz," an adaptation of the James Ellroy novel to be released by Warner Independent, and will direct "The Belmont Boys," which "follows seven thieves who first meet at the horse track and nearly pull off the job of a lifetime. They reunite 30 years later, to finish what they started."

Sara Vilkomerson at the New York Observer has the biiig "Dreamgirls" push.

Joe Queenan at the Guardian talks soundtracks and more incidental Woody Allen:

One of the most memorable scenes in Manhattan has Allen and Keaton gazing at one of the city’s amazing bridges in the small hours as Gershwin flows along in the background. Allen says: "This is just a great city. I don’t care what anybody says." Well, duh. But who is the "anybody" to whom Allen is referring? Who specifically doesn’t think New York is a great city? Osama bin Laden? The fact is, framing the Manhattan skyline at night with George Gershwin playing at top volume in the background is a cheap trick, like framing Big Ben at midnight with the entire population of Great Britain singing God Save the Queen, and then asking if anyone is unimpressed. Nobody needs Woody Allen to tell them what a great city New York is. Gershwin told them 50 years earlier.

And some lists before we go. By way of Fimoculous, The American lists the "10 Best Business Movies":

Barcelona
(Whit Stillman, director, 1994)
Two young Americans—a Navy officer and a sales executive for an Illinois company that makes motors—grapple with the sexual revolution and anti-Americanism in Spain. Ted Boynton (Taylor Nichols) just loves his job: "Like everyone, I’d seen Arthur Miller’s play [‘Death of a Salesman’], and, as a youth, had the usual deprecating attitude to business and sales. That changed when Professor Thompson’s business course convinced us that even the mundane world of business had its romance."

Also, The Remarketer has a list of top ten servers in movies — yes, computer servers. Hah! Oh, we hate ourselves.

Finally, Dave White at MSNBC has a list of substitutions for your typical holiday movie choices.

+ The Year of Living Dangerously (Entertainment Weekly)
+ Sneak Peek – APOCALYPTO (Reverseblog)
+ Hollywood Eats Sci-Fi’s Brains (Wired News)
+ Clooney finds partners in crime (Variety)
+ Dreamgirls Wakes Up (NY Observer)
+ Manhattan music mystery (Guardian)
+ 10 Best Business Movies (The American)
+ Servers in the Movies – Our Top Ten (The Remarketer)
+ The coolest Xmas movies you’ve never seen (MSNBC)

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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…