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“It’s the most corrupt system in the world.”

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It’s been a while, hasn’t it? A look around at who’s saying what out on the interview circuit:

Gael García Bernal discusses nothing in particular with Time‘s Carolina A. Miranda:

You just directed your first film, Deficit. Can we get a plot preview?

We’re still editing, so I can only say blurry things. It’s a story about loss of privileges and the end of impunity. It revolves around a family.

Bong Joon-ho talks about "The Host" with Kevin B. Lee in the new issue of Cineaste:

When this film gets distributed in the U.S., do you think any of these "America bashing" issues will come into play? Has there been any talk of recutting the film for U.S. release?

There’s been no talk of recutting. Actually I’m very curious to see whether the average American audience will accept this. But if you compare The Host to a Michael Moore film, its social commentary is very soft. In any case, Hollywood always has some kind of political subtext. Even in the summer blockbuster movies that are supposedly nonpolitical, there is social significance to the fact that the villains come from the Middle East or North Korea, though many Americans don’t think of it that way. Audiences can find social criticism in The Host or just flip it around and think that this time it just happens to be the Americans who are the bad guys.

Jean-Claude Brisseau, director of the… provocative "The Exterminating Angels," does the indieWIRE interview:

I wanted to make a tragedy that included sex and emotion to see how it would affect the audience, and to deal with the production problems that that entails. But this film, like the preceding film, was hard to finance and to shoot, because I was speaking openly about sex and pleasure. This kind of subject makes everyone afraid: the financiers, the actors, the distributors. Contrary to what one might think, there was latent censorship in France, both for the financing as well as for the theatrical distribution.

Monsieur Larry Clark discusses life, the universe, everything and "Wassup Rockers" with David Whitehouse at the Guardian:

"I’ve been working my whole life to get an R rating… It’s all to do with the MPAA, those cock suckin’ mother fuckers. Let me tell you about the fuckin’ MPAA. They are a censorship board run by the studios to protect their films. So they shit all over the smaller independent films like mine. This means we’re allowed to watch Sharon Stone fuckin’ the shit out of Michael Douglas before she stabs him, but I can’t show what I wanna show. It’s the most corrupt system in the world."

Kal Penn is profiled by Jada Yuan at New York:

He’s shooting a Kumar sequel right now, and as for his recent stint as a terrorist on 24, he admits, “I have a huge political problem with the role. It was essentially accepting a form of racial profiling. I think it’s repulsive. But it was the first time I had a chance to blow stuff up and take a family hostage. As an actor, why shouldn’t I have that opportunity? Because I’m brown and I should be scared about the connection between media images and people’s thought processes?”

"Maxed Out"‘s director James Scurlock talks to Joe Garofoli at the San Francisco Chronicle:

Scurlock started filming with the intention of making a lighthearted film about Americans’ lust for riches and the route they take to get there. So early in filming, he interviewed Robin Leach, host of the mid-1980s series "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous."

At a swank Las Vegas restaurant, Leach spits out the defining reason for American lucre-lust: "People always want the larger-than-life. Nobody would watch ‘Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown.’ "

And Chloë Sevigny is refreshingly blunt in describing her role in "Zodiac" to Ellen McCarthy at the Washington Post:

"Um . . . I wasn’t really excited by the role," she says of the chance to play the dour wife to Gyllenhaal‘s cartoonist-cum-amateur investigator. "It’s a little one-note."


+ Q&A with Gael Garcia Bernal
(Time)

+ The Han River Horror Show: An Interview with Bong Joon-ho (Cineaste)
+ Jean-Claude Brisseau, Director of "Exterminating Angels" (indieWIRE)
+ Kid rocker (Guardian)
+ The White-Castle Ceiling (New York)
+ In debt up to our eyeballs (San Francisco Chronicle)
+ Sevigny, Taking Fate Into Her Own Hands (Washington Post)

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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…