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"Nobody [in Finland] is happy."
A look ’round the interview circuit:

Erm — these are alphabetical (they’re always alphabetical), so attach no significance to the order, please. First, Joel Stein at Time profiles the actor he proclaims is his hero, the "adorkable" Adam Brody:

"I’m a fake intellectual…I’m not that well read. Which I’m insecure about since I’ve gotten the [intellectual] niche." He’s not even sure how he pulled off the fake-nerd scam. "Maybe the sarcasm reads a little bit as intellect, even if it’s not," he says. "My best jokes are so cheap. All I do is say things sarcastically. I just say, ‘Yeah. Cool.’" As he says this, I feel the confusing disappointment that I imagine young women painters feel when they find out Joan Miró is a man.

Kevin Maher chats with a spritely Kirk Douglas at the London Times:

Here he says he is sickened by Islamic fundamentalism, and suicide bombings, and yet, as befits a man of his age and phlegmatic wisdom, he is not above cracking the odd inappropriate joke. “God represents the urge to make people, and life, better for everyone,” he says, starting on a serious tack. “Imagine an interpretation of God that believed He wanted you to kill everybody, and that He had a brothel in Heaven with 72 virgins waiting for you.” He pauses, and the trademark Douglas smile starts to crack slowly cross his face. “One virgin would be enough for me!” he says, before leaning down on his elbow and adding in a stage whisper, “Or maybe two!”

Geoffrey Macnab talks to Milos Forman about "Goya’s Ghosts" at the Independent:

[H]e doesn’t want to talk about the challenges of a Czech director making a movie about a quintessentially Spanish artist. "I don’t speak Spanish," he says gruffly when asked why he shot in English. "Look," he continues in his deep, heavily accented voice, "we tried to make this film as an entertainment that would somehow introduce the treasures of art to the audience on the way."

Scott Thill interview Frylock (and only Frylock) at Wired News:

TV doesn’t suck. People suck. The TV is just a machine doing its job. If TVs were people, I bet they would hate themselves a lot of times for the dirty work they have to do, and end up on antidepressants or killing themselves.

Back at the Independent, Macnab also has a talk with Finland’s Aki Kaurismäki:

Kaurismaki can trace his passion for cinema back to the spring of 1973 when he he was a teenager and went to see a double-bill of Robert Flaherty‘s Nanook of the North and Luis Bunuel‘s L’Age D’Or. "This woke me up to understand that cinema can be art. I remember I was in shock. I went around the little village where I lived saying, ‘This is great,’ but nobody understood what the hell I was talking about. They haven’t understood since."

Craig McLean at the Telegraph Magazine interviews Shane Meadows. On the failure of "Once Upon a Time in the Midlands":

‘I didn’t respect up till that point that I had a system. I thought, "if I’m good with non-actors I’ll be great with great actors." But the result was a muddle, a rom-com-cum-spaghetti-western-cum-social-drama. Yet Meadows refuses to blame anyone involved. ‘I agreed to everything. It was a working man’s bond.’ If he’d pulled out, ‘all these people [who’d been hired] were gonna walk away with nothing.’

And at Premiere, Glenn Kenny talks with Alain Resnais. On the humor in his films, particularly "Last Year at Marienbad":

“Without comparing himself to Samuel Beckett—and [Marienbad writer] Alain Robbe-Grillet, who has also made similar complaints—Beckett complained that people didn’t laugh enough in their plays. And yes, there are some very funny jokes in Marienbad. But that he hopes it doesn’t take away from the tragedy and some of the other passages. And he hopes that in Coeurs this mixing of tragic and humor will also be found.”

+ Looking for Mr. Adorkable (Time)
+ Taking it on the chin (London Times)
+ ‘Goya’s Ghosts’: Spanish artist gets Forman treatment (Independent)
+ Look Out, Boston: Aqua Teen Hits the Big Screen, Frylock Tells All (Wired News)
+ Aki Kaurismaki: Finnish film-maker discovers a brighter side (Independent)
+ Another country (Telegraph Magazine)
+ "Hello, Glenn. I am Alain." (Premiere)

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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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