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Odds: Tuesday – Jane Austen to Jackie Brown.

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"That scared me a little bit."
"Becoming Jane," a Jane Austen biopic that’s caused some fuss among Austenites due to its focus on the author’s alleged doomed romance with an Irish barrister, opens in London. According to the Daily Mail, star Anne Hathaway didn’t show, but her co-star, the ubiquitous James McAvoy, did, and defends director Julian Jarrold‘s choice for leading lady: "When you find a British person playing some great American icon no one bats an eyelid." Over at the Sydney Morning Herald, Angela Bennie discusses the historical likeliness of this premise with Austen scholar Jon Spence. The film will be getting a release in the US from Miramax in August.

Andrew Pulver at the Guardian‘s Film Blog reports on a London Bafta discussion of "the role of the film critic in the digital age," and, naturally, where blogging fits in:

Nick James, editor of Sight and Sound, took the intellectual high ground, pointing out the difference between "reviewing" and "criticism" – the former being a consumer service, and the latter a lengthy analysis of a film – and saying that he saw no reason to despair for the future of criticism: he wanted Sight and Sound, he said, "to be the vinyl to the bloggers’ iPod".

On this side of the Atlantic, members of Film Comment continue to make clear their publication’s feelings on the subject. In the new March/April issue, Amy Taubin writes that among "the most trying aspects of Sundance ’07" was:

[T]he omnipresent hype, not for the films themselves, but rather for that ineffable, high-altitude Sundance experience and for you, you, and you, oh my God, actually present at the most happening American film event, where, as one blogger gushed, the thrill was not in seeing the merchandise but in watching Harvey Weinstein make a deal. (Has that blogger taken a good hard look at the garbage The Weinstein Company has acquired of late?)

At the Telegraph, Bobcat Goldthwait discusses Peter Jackson‘s "Braindead" with Sheila Johnston:

"I guess there are some big classic themes in Braindead too," he concludes. "It’s a real Oedipus story with some weird mom thing going on. My own movie ["Sleeping Dogs Lie"] is dedicated to my late mother, although I don’t believe she was dominating. It was a sick joke initially, but then I warmed to the idea and in a strange way it made sense."

Prompted by "The Queen," Ed Caesar at the Independent runs down which famous people have seen the films they’re the subject of. Apparently Anna Wintour has seen "The Devil Wears Prada" (press screening, not premiere); Richard Nixon probably did not see "All the President’s Men."

And Quentin Tarantino writes for himself over at the London Times:

I don’t want to be a professional. I’m not in the Directors Guild; I don’t want to be. I like holding on to my amateur status. I wanted to be a professional in all the right ways, but I didn’t want it ever to be a job. I even asked: “Would I die for Jackie Brown?” I would have died for Reservoir Dogs. I would have died getting a shot for Pulp Fiction. I don’t know if I would have died, would have thrown myself into that kind of harm’s way, for Jackie Brown, and that scared me a little bit. I think the reason was that that film was based on a novel; it wasn’t an original thing, born from me. Whether it’s hardship or ruin, or hardship or good times, or happy or sad, or profitable or destitute — whatever the deal is, you go down the road today, and maybe your rewards are today, or maybe your rewards will be tomorrow, or maybe in another life, but you’re going your own way.

+ Becoming Jane star misses world premiere (Daily Mail)
+ An affair to remember (Sydney Morning Herald)
+ Whither the film critic in the blogosphere? (Guardian Film Blog)
+ FESTIVALS/SUNDANCE: The Sweet Smell of Success (Film Comment)
+ Filmmakers on film: Bobcat Goldthwait (Telegraph)
+ Famous lives on screen: Did the queen see ‘The Queen’? (Independent)
+ I call the shots here (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

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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