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IFC News: Oscar picks, “The State,” the “Apartment Zero” game.

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"If that is a mask please take it off now, or keep it on forever."
This week on IFC News:

On the podcast, we make our Oscar predictions, focusing on the less-discussed categories, but also going over the big ones. For the record, we’re thinking Scorsese and "The Departed," with the off chance of "Little Miss Sunshine" sneaking in as the underdog/popular favorite.

Dan Persons
talks to director Danièle Thompson about "Avenue Montaigne."

R. Emmet Sweeney indulges in "The State" nostalgia now that "Reno 911!: Miami" has reunited the cast:

In the early ’90s, while the rest of the country watched "Saturday Night Live," awkward suburban teens in Amherst, NY were awed by "The State." Everyone knew Adam Sandler and the Hanukkah Song, but only the anointed few could sing "Porcupine Racetrack" until tears of laughter streamed down their pockmarked cheeks. "The State" was our show.

Michael Atkinson writes about  Svankmajer’s "Lunacy" and why Martin Donovan‘s 1988 film "Apartment Zero" has proven so memorable in his household:

The actors have a revving ball, while their characters introduce a pre-Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon moviehead parlor game, which my wife and I long ago dubbed the "Apartment Zero" Game. Simply, one person names three actors from a film, the other must name the film. [Colin] Firth‘s neurotic dweeb beats out [Hart] Bochner‘s rangy hotshot every time, but the game quickly established an extra-cinematic life all its own.

Matt Singer reviews screwball lesbian rom-com (the second of the year!) "Gray Matters" and Julien Temple‘s "Glastonbury."

And Christopher Bonet has what’s new in theaters.

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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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