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"It's not even like the fear of killer clowns, though it's close."
Just a few things we couldn’t get around to yesterday:

The sound you’ll want to have ready once you’ve seen "Grindhouse"? 60’s Britpop group Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich’s "Hold Tight."

Paul Vehoeven tells Susan Wloszczyna at USA Today what’s in the "Black Book" bucket.

What was in that bucket?

A combination of potatoes, cotton,
chocolate and whatever. We checked the scene out with doubles before
doing it with Carice and made sure that the weight of the water would
not hurt her. Even so, it was disgusting and the smell was terrible. We
had to do it three or four times. She threw up after every take.

Shitbucket stand-in — one of the most unappreciated jobs in the film industry.

This is a few days old, but how can we let it go? Michael Showalter and Paul Rudd reenact "The Huckabees Incident" at

Anna Pickard at the Guardian Film Blog on Mr. Bean:

I don’t know what it is about him, but I find the character of Mr Bean terrifying. Those faces he pulls, the ones that are supposed to be funny seem, over the years, to have shifted from mild and moronic to twisted and evil. His gurning doesn’t make me laugh. It makes me scared. His poppy-outy eyes make me want to hide behind sofas. The way he moves, his aggressive, robotic march, gives me the creeps. If I met him in real life I’d set off my rape alarm, kick him in the goolies and try to find a policeman as quickly as I could. He is – and I don’t think I’m overstating my case here – the embodiment of pure evil.

Euan Ferguson at the Observer Magazine rags on Don Cheadle about the "Ocean’s 11" Cockney accent of doom:

He smiles, easily, but then grows quaintly serious, chagrined, apparently almost as upset talking about a dodgy accent as about the end days of Darfur. ‘You know something, I really worked on that accent. Went to London, spoke to people, got to know it, I thought, and then it turns out I just couldn’t get it, couldn’t quite get it, and wanted to change it, and my agent said no it was fine, so I’m stuck with this thing. Even though everyone laughs at me. So I sacked her, of course.’

"Zoo" director Robinson Devor tells Dennis Lim at the New York Times that many people found his film, which tracks the lives of a group of zoophiles in Seattle after one dies:

But Mr. Devor has detected among audiences a curiosity, if not an appetite, to see more. “So many people have said to me there’s not enough sex,” he said. “I think there’s a need to see the mechanics.”

Those viewers should be careful what they wish for. “Maybe we can find some things to put on the DVD,” Mr. Devor said.

Our words at the time were "Forgive us, but we could have done with more horse fucking," alas.

And Roger Ebert pokes his head in again over at his website: "I plan to gradually increase my duties in the months to come. I still love writing about the movies. Forty years is not enough."

+ Verhoeven is back with ‘Black Book’ (USA Today)
+ I Heart Showalter (College Humor)
+ Why Mr Bean scares the bejesus out of me (Guardian Film Blog)
+ Taking the lead (Observer)
+ A Lyrical Approach to a Subject That Shocks (NY Times)
+ "40 Years is not enough" — Ebert (

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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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