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"The only tool that she has is a kind of fierce and naive hopefulness."
At Salon‘s Broadsheet blog, Carol Lloyd is at a loss for the appropriate response to the Dakota Fanning Rape Extravaganza, or, as the more mature might call it, Deborah Kampmeier‘s second feature film, "Hounddog." Ted Baehr of the Christian Film & Television Commission has already issued a few inflammatory statements against the film to Scott Martelle at the LA Times. Lloyd writes:

What’s especially strange about these battles over young girls and sex is that we’re all supposed to line up on one side of the aisle or the other. I’m for freedom of speech, so films with child rape rule! I’m for Christian family values, so jail the freakin’ filmmakers! The reality is that most of us live in a netherworld of impulses tempered by principles (like a belief in artistic freedom). My impulse is not to worry about little Dakota’s future mental health and not to see the movie. Why? Another well-meaning and, yes, even feminist tale about a woman or a girl who gets raped means one more rape scene that I never needed to see.

The film will open at Sundance; Fanning’s agent has pretty much said what we are all thinking — it’s a hell of an Oscar bid.

So was "Sherrybaby," a film few have seen, but that’s managed to linger on the awards radar anyway, thanks to Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s performance. Lisa Rosen at the LA Times interviews her and asks about her fearless approach to sex scenes:

I think sex in movies can be a really great way of storytelling. I see a lot of sex scenes when people stop acting, and all of a sudden they’re doing soft-core porn. But if you think about your life, even with the worst sex, so much is happening, so many thoughts, so if you let that be true in a scene, I think a lot is communicated.

Plus, you don’t have to memorize any lines.

At The Age, Stephanie Bunbury tackles "Heading South," which she finds "in the sense that films reflect, if not life, then the way we talk about life…represents something new." According to director Laurent Cantet, that newness is in its representation of the sexual desires of middle-aged women. But Bunbury is more impressed by the way the film "bears witness to the flat reality of exchange between rich and poor in a global economy. It is the sheer ordinariness of the sex-for-money transaction that is breathtaking."

At the Guardian, Decca Aitkenhead talks to first-time actress Aiqin Lin, a 22-year-old illegal immigrant to the UK from China who landed the lead in documentarian Nick Broomfield‘s first second narrative film, "Ghosts." And Chrissy Iley talks to first-time (in a film) actress Alicia Keys, who makes her big-screen debut in Joe Carnahan‘s "Smokin’ Aces."

And over at MSNBC, gossip columnist Jeannette Walls notes that Bettie Page is somewhat unimpressed with Gretchen Mol, the actress who played her in the Mary Harron-directed biopic "The Notorious Bettie Page."

“I thought she was real pretty, with those big eyes,” the reclusive 1950s pin-up tells the upcoming issue of Playboy magazine. “She was good-looking, but the way she would screw up her face and all, I never did that. I didn’t think her figure was too good. She was too tall, but she had a pretty face.”

+ Child rape in the movies (Salon)
+ Sex and ‘SherryBaby’ (LA Times)
+ Women on top (The Age)
+ The Stowaway’s Story (Guardian)
+ ‘I was just waiting for my time’ (Guardian)
+ Hilary Swank was too cool for school (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

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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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