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George Clooney vs. David O. Russell: Despite Clooney’s well-documented conflicts with director Russell, the actor is not the one who put those screamy "Huckabees" videos up on YouTube. His publicist sent the following to Radar and Defamer:

Contrary to popular opinion. neither the sound man, Ed Tise, nor yours truly sent in the David O. Russell tape.

I saw it when we were working on "Ocean’s 12," and there have been quite a few copies traveling around town for the last couple of years.

Any rumor that either of us put it on the internet is simply false.

And I’d offer a million bucks to anyone who would prove otherwise.

Your fan,

George Clooney

Mia Farrow vs. Steven Spielberg: In a Wall Street Journal column entitled "The Genocide Olympics," Farrow writes that the director, who’s serving as a special consultant to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, should call for China to use its leverage over Khartoum to protect civilians in Darfur.

That so many corporate sponsors want the world to look away from that atrocity during the games is bad enough… But equally disappointing is the decision of artists like director Steven Spielberg — who quietly visited China this month as he prepares to help stage the Olympic ceremonies — to sanitize Beijing’s image… Is Mr. Spielberg, who in 1994 founded the Shoah Foundation to record the testimony of survivors of the Holocaust, aware that China is bankrolling Darfur’s genocide? Does Mr. Spielberg really want to go down in history as the Leni Riefenstahl of the Beijing Games?

Rudy Youngblood vs. David A. Yeagley: The "Apocalypto" star’s Native American ancestry is being called into question by Comanche conservative pundit Yeagley. Robert W. Welkos at the LA Times quotes Yeagley as saying "He has no Indian blood in him that anyone can validate. [Comanche] officials got scooped up in the thrill of claiming a movie star." Youngblood replies "I am Comanche. I’m not going to go into names. My tribe knows it. That is all that needs to be said." Youngblood will be awarded an outstanding new lead actor award by First Americans in the Arts, a group that salutes Native American achievements in entertainment, in April.

Ted Hope vs. Sundance critics: Hope, an executive producer of "The Hawk is Dying," has sent an email around pleading on behalf of the film, which, as we mentioned before, took a beating at Sundance. The theatrical release will be of the revised cut that played at the Directors Fortnight in Cannes, and Hope promises to refund the money of anyone who isn’t satisfied with the film. He also writes:

Ten years ago, this would be a film celebrated by the entire industry, but now that INDIE means something synonymous with the "cinema of quality" that the French New Wave rebelled against so long ago, it gets marginalized precisely because of the wonderful risks it takes — the same very risks that made me and the great team that worked on it want to collaborate with [director] Julian [Goldberger] in the first place. [via Anthony Kaufman]

+ Defamer Publicist Denial Corner: Clooney Not Involved In Huckabees Video Leak, Says Clooney (Defamer)
+ Farrow warns Spielberg on helping Beijing’s Olympics (AFP)
+ ‘Apocalypto’ actor’s ancestry questioned (LA Times)
+ Hope Sends Plea for Dying "Hawk"; Will Refund Money (Anthony Kaufman)

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Final Countdown

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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Rev Up

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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Give Back

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…