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Odds: Monday – Economy class, Ebert.

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Not so petty after all.
Gawker reports of travel shabbiness at the possibly troubled Weinstein Company: "Everyone who’s headed to the Cannes film festival to support the many projects they’ve got in competition there, including the Quentin Tarantino half of Grindhouse, will be flying to France economy-class." Not to worry, for those concerned: Harvey, at least, will be taking his private plane.

Which reminds us — we will be going to Cannes after all, at least for the first half, stay here and keep hitting refresh until some festival coverage shows up at this blog. Maybe we’ll even sit next to a Weinstein exec on the flight over, from whom we can cadge some Xanax!

Roger Ebert writes:

A beautiful bouquet of flowers was delivered to the house the other day. A handwritten note paid compliments to my work and wished me a speedy recovery.

Who was it from? A friend? A colleague? An old classmate? The card was signed, “Your Least Favorite Movie Star, Rob Schneider.”

Saints preserve us.

Ebert, whose review of "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo" provided the title of his new book, "Your Movie Sucks," calls the gesture "a reminder that in the great scheme of things, a review doesn’t mean very much."

Strawberry Saroyan at the Telegraph’s Seven Magazine interviews Roger Corman:

When told that this article doesn’t have a specific peg to hang it on,
the quick-talking businessman in him emerges. We could plug his latest
creature-from-the-deep movie, he suggests. Corman tells me he recently
met an executive from the Sci-Fi channel to discuss the new picture.
Its prequel was something called Dinocroc (tagline: ‘It feeds on
fear’), and the executive wanted another film along the same lines.
Corman suggested Dinocroc 2 as a title, but it was vetoed. It turns out
that sequels in name aren’t as heavily watched as sequels marketed more
sneakily.

‘I said immediately, ”Did I say Dinocroc 2? I meant Supergator!” ‘
Corman laughs merrily. Supergator, he tells me, is having its final
special effects added and will air on the channel later this month.

In the new issue of Film Comment, Brynn White praises Lee Marvin: "Marvin could go from a snarl to a laugh in a split second, and mean both of them equally. In fact, sneers and laughs generally went hand in hand."

Lorenza Muñoz and Claudia Eller at the LA Times report that Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu are shopping around an "all-or-nothing, five-picture deal" that includes two other, lesser-known directors and at least two Spanish-language films. Leverage that good year, yo.

At the Observer, Mark Kermode writes about the joys of UK-set horror:

It’s significant that the long-awaited sequel An American Werewolf in Paris proved to be a total flop, mainly, I think, because once you cross the English channel, who cares whether there’s a monster on the prowl? Over in Europe, anything goes; it’s only here in uptight Britain that the magic formula of horror and humbug really makes sense.

And Amy Taubin reviews "Zoo" at Artforum and agrees: not enough horse-fucking.

+ Harvey Weinstein Forcing Senior Execs To Fly Coach To Cannes (Gawker)
+ Flowers from a gigolo (RogerEbert.com)
+ King of the killer B’s (Telegraph)
+ BALLAD OF A SOLDIER (Film Comment)
+ Mexican directors offer studios a 5-picture deal (LA Times)
+ A capital place for panic attacks (Observer)
+ Horse Whisperers (Artforum)

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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…