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Odds: Wednesday – Famouser and famouser.

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At The Hot Button, David Poland has his third annual survey laying out the current "biggest stars in the world." But why look at that when you can skip straight to the opiate-level-addictive Famousr, which has you choose which of two randomly selected celebrities is more famous, and then, enigmatically, informs you of whether you are right or wrong. You’re meant to guess what the group thinks (which we suppose is fair, given the nature of the evaluation), but this immediately poses some prickly questions, as some of the celebs are iconic but also hardly making the current tabloid rounds. Which Keaton is more famous, Buster or Diane? According to Famousr, Diane. We know.

The monks are on fire — Philip Gröning‘s three-hour near-wordless Carthusian monk doc "Into Great Silence" has been a great success in its run at the Film Forum. Michael Schulman at the New Yorker talks to Carthusian Father Michael Holleran, who’s been brought in to conduct Q&As after certain screenings:

He doesn’t regret his time as a monk, but, after two decades of near-speechlessness, he began to doubt the spiritual benefits of isolation. “The monastic archetype is in all of us, but I’m not sure that living it out for your entire life is really a viable thing,” he said. Plus, he found wearing an ankle-length robe all the time “a little hard to bear,” and wanted to catch up with the modern world. (He particularly likes neon signs and the “Lord of the Rings” movies.)

At Entertainment Weekly, Chris Nashawaty has a long essay on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of "Porky’s" ("In 1982 — year zero in the T&A sex-romp belle époque — hordes of horny onscreen teens set out on ridiculous Arthurian quests to lose their virginity or risk being doomed to nerd status forever") that gathers unexpected if bizarre poignancy given director Bob Clark‘s untimely death.

At the Independent, Maggie Cheung tells Bob Flynn she may be done with film: "I know this sounds awful, but since I won in Cannes, I feel fulfilled as an actress. I don’t have any dreams of winning an Oscar. I don’t have those goals any more."

According to Ed Meza in Variety, "The Lives of Others" has now made more money in the US than any other German film before it, save "Das Boot," which has the added punch of its 1997 director’s cut re-release.

And at the LA Times, Glenn F. Bunting reports that screenwriting guru Robert McKee‘s appearance as an expert witness in the Clive Cussler/"Sahara" case (Benjamin Svetkey at EW has a good chronicle) last week was an echo of his fictional pissy fit in "Adaptation"

McKee saved his harshest invectives for the July 2002 screenplay turned in by Cussler.

"The writing is very bad," he testified. "How bad? I have thought of phrases like ‘seriously flawed’ [or] ‘fatally flawed.’ But it is beyond all of that, because when something is flawed there is an implication that something else about it is good."

When cross-examined about other screenplays he finds lacking, McKee "acknowledged that he felt ‘Titanic’ was ‘poorly written,’ ‘The Da Vinci Code’ was a ‘flawed’ work, and the classic ‘Citizen Kane’ was ‘heartless,’ ’emotionally empty’ and ‘cold.’"

+ The Third Annual THB Survey (The Hot Blog)
+ Sh-h-h (New Yorker)
+ Virgin Territory (Entertainment Weekly)
+ Maggie Cheung: Why the Asian star is turning her back on film (Independent)
+ ‘Lives’ chases U.S. record (Variety)
+ Cussler’s writing is taken to task (LA 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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