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In the works: A black and white doc about shades of grey.

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"This film is guaranteed to give you pause whether you're pro-choice or right-to-life."
Trailers: There’s a teaser for "Run, Fatboy, Run," a film composed of a strange confluence of comedians — "Shaun of the Dead"‘s Simon Pegg (he’s everywhere!) and Dylan Moran star along with Hank Azaria, off a script from Michael Ian Black directed by David Schwimmer — here. No release date yet.

A teaser for "Talk to Me," the new film from "Eve’s Bayou" director Kasi Lemmons about D.C. ex-con turned talk show host and civil-rights activist Ralph "Petey" Greene (Don Cheadle) is here. Slated for a July release.

And a trailer for Oscar-nominee and possible Best Documentary Feature dark horse  "Iraq in Fragments"  is here. The film’s currently in a few theaters and is oozing out around the rest of the country in the next month.

Update: One more! For Hou Hsiao Hsien‘s (♥!) "The Red Balloon," which will almost certainly be at Cannes, here (courtesy of Twitch).

Acquired: ThinkFilm’s picked up the right to abortion doc "Lake of Fire," from director Tony Kaye of "American History X." The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival back in September and prompted plenty of raves from the critics, but of course, two-and-a-half-hour black and white  documentaries that contain surgical footage are never the easiest of sells. ThinkFilm plans to take "Lake of Fire" around to festivals before opening it at the Film Forum in New York and platforming out from there. [Via Hollywood Reporter.]

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the "The Children of Huang Shi," a Chinese-Australian co-production about Japan’s invasion of China in 1937 that stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Radha Mitchell, Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh. Roger Spottiswoode, of the upcoming "Shake Hands With the Devil" and, less illustriously, 1989’s "Turner & Hooch," directed, and a late 2007 release is planned. [Via Hollywood Reporter.]

Elsewhere: Picturehouse will release a series of films based on the American Girl dolls, which, we seem to recall, were notable for offering a range of matching child-doll outfits, the basis of any good franchise.

"We want to show that Picturehouse can incorporate any genre, any demographic in a really high-quality way," said [Picturehouse president Bob] Berney, who added that the company’s New York offices are located next to an American Girl flagship store. "As an indie, to reach a younger girl audience is a really exciting prospect." [Via Hollywood Reporter.]

Javier Bardem has joined Penélope Cruz in the cast of Woody Allen‘s new film, yet untitled, to be set in Barcelona. [Via Variety.]

Kal Penn shares some details about "Harold & Kumar 2" (hush now, we love it):

"A lot of the same characters from the first one end up coming back. Neil Patrick Harris makes another cameo, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Chris Meloni and Dave Krumholtz are all back in some capacity. Eddie and Dave are playing the same characters, Rosenberg and Goldstein, but Chris Meloni for example, is playing the grand wizard of the KKK." [Via MTV.]

And Sylvain Chomet, the French animator and director of the great "The Triplets of Belleville," discusses his upcoming film "The Illusionist," an animated feature based on an unmade 1956 script from Jacques Tati. The film isn’t due out until 2009. Chomet also discusses bailing on Hollywood:

Chomet gave up adapting a children’s book for Universal under such pressure. “As the budget got bigger, the studio wanted a less dark, more commercial story and it wasn’t what I wanted to make,” he says. Adds [his producer and wife] Sally: “We had barely finished a character sketch and its potential as a plastic toy was being assessed.” [Via Ian Johns at the London Times.]

+ Teaser: Run, Fatboy, Run (YouTube)
+ Teaser: Talk to Me (Coming Soon)
+ Trailer: Iraq In Fragments (Apple)
+ A Trailer for Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Ballon Rouge (Twitch)
+ ThinkFilm gets Kaye’s ‘Fire’ docu (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Sony Classics picks up ‘Huang Shi’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ HBO dolls up ‘Girl’ deal (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Bardem joins Woody Allen project (Variety)
+ Penn Promises Blunt Run-In With President Bush In ‘Harold & Kumar 2’
(MTV)
+ Cut the cute (London Times)

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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…