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"Otaku no Kamisama - God of the Geeks."
At the LA Times, Patrick Goldstein interviews a de-Borated Sacha Baron Cohen:

[A] number of people in the movie have complained or filed suit, claiming they’d been hoodwinked. Cohen isn’t exactly sympathetic. "This wasn’t ‘Candid Camera,’ " he says. "There were two large cameras in the room. I don’t buy the argument that, ‘Oh, I wouldn’t have acted so racist or anti-Semitic if I’d known this film was being shown in America.’ That’s no excuse."

At Movie City Indie, Ray Pride points to John Koch‘s lengthy interview with Baron Cohen, Peter Baynham, Dan Mazer and Anthony Hines, who, together, scripted the film (as it were).

Over at the London Times, Sally Kinnes interviews Nick Broomfield about his narrative film "Ghosts," while at the Guardian‘s film blog, Broomfield speaks for himself:

I always envisaged Ghosts as a drama, not a documentary. Partly this was a practical decision (the employers who hire these workers would never agree to speak to us on camera, because what they do is illegal). But mainly it was a creative one. I wanted to straddle the line between drama and documentary – on the one hand using real people and improvised dialogue but on the other imposing more of a narrative structure. Drama always works best when it feels real, anyway.

At KoreanFilm.org, Paolo Bertolin interviews Kim Ji-woon, director of fanboy favorite "A Bittersweet Life" (which we reviewed last year here), and gets an explanation of that final scene.

Brian Ashcraft at Wired gets an update on the still-anonymous "Train Man," the 23-year-old otaku who, with the help of his always-in-touch internet friends, navigated his way into a successful relationship. The events were chronicled in a book and also became the basis of a rather adorable movie that Viz released briefly last year.

Kaleem Aftab interviews Paul (Yes!) Verhoeven about "Black Book" over at the Independent.

Black Book, with its femme fatale heroine and Second World War setting, is like his "best of" selection with ideas, scenes and characters coming from the whole of his oeuvre. He even returns to "that scene" from Basic Instinct when he shows his heroine dying her pubic hair blonde so that the Nazi officer will not guess that she is an impostor.

"But it is a different angle," argues Verhoeven. "And in fact it was a result not so much to copy but as a discussion as to what she would do having dyed her black hair blonde and realising she would have to sleep with the German officer that she would have to do something with her pubic hair. So it was not really, ‘let’s do a pubic hair situation again’."

At Ain’t It Cool, Elston Gunn interviews Leo Grillo, the producer and star of "Zyzzyx Rd," current record-holder, at $30, for lowest box office returns. It’s an all-business interview, sadly; Grillo has no grand aspirations, and the theatrical run was to fulfill a contract.

Finally, is there anything YouTube can’t do? It’s even bringing new life to Neil LaBute‘s epically bad "Wicker Man" — some of the sillier scenes of Nicolas Cage over-emoting and punching out Leelee Sobieski have been cobbled together, completely out of context, into a montage of hilarity. We challenge you not to want to see it after watching the clips.

+ Out of character (LA Times)
+ Lettting the scat out of the bag: Borat’s boys speak (Movie City Indie)
+ The cockles of his heart (London Times)
+ Modern slaves without a ghost of a chance (Guardian)
+ An Interview with Kim Jee-woon (KoreanFilm.org)
+ Love Train (Wired)
+ Paul Verhoeven: Scars of my youth (Independent)
+ Elston Gunn interviews producer/actor Leo Grillo of the lowest all-time B.O. film ZYZZYX ROAD!!! (AICN)
+ Best Scenes From "The Wicker Man" (YouTube)

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Final Countdown

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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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…