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Speaking out.

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"Different brains, that's all."
The biggest fight being picked today is a "whose threequel is bigger" one between Sony and Disney over the super, ultra impressive box offices numbers being claimed for "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End." According to Andrew Clark at the Guardian:

In a rare public spat between the two Hollywood studios, Sony has accused Disney of including a seventh day of takings in figures purporting to show unprecedented six-day takings of $401m (£202m) for the third part of the series, At World’s End.

Previews in several countries were rolled in to the total, though Disney said this did not amount to many filmgoers. Sony said that including a seventh day, its recent hit Spiderman 3 grossed $418m.

Now, if that doesn’t make you want to go out and buy pirated DVDs of both those bloated efforts just out of spite, what will? In older business surliness, Anne Thompson at Variety cornered Harvey Weinstein to discuss those rumors of financial trouble at the Weinstein Company ("This is done out of jealousy. Execs and people I know who look cool and have a big office just say nasty shit."). She also outlines Weinstein’s recent tiff with Luc Besson:

Besson claimed at Suicidegirls.com last week that the Weinsteins butchered the release of the animated family film "Arthur and the Invisibles": "Its American distributor was the worst I have worked with in my entire life, in any country, because they changed so much of the film and tried to pretend the film was American."

Harvey responded in the New York Daily News by calling Besson a "has-been" and offering him $1 million if he could prove that he made the film for the $85 million he originally claimed.

That’s one way to win friends and influence people.

Kaleem Aftab at the Independent catches Harvey trying to fend off negative comments from Kurt Russell regarding the de-"Grindhouse"ing of "Death Proof" at a press conference at Cannes: "What we did in cutting those films down for Grindhouse was a mistake. It removed the very essence of the movies. See these movies, they will dwarf Grindhouse."

Over at London Times, Stephen Dalton chides George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh  for having grand plans of subverting Hollywood pressures with their Section Eight production company and ultimately succumbing to the bloat of the season’s next threequel, "Ocean’s Thirteen": "They fought the mainstream, but increasingly it looks as though the mainstream has won."

In less moneyed news, Stephen Totilo at MTV talks to former "Donkey Kong" world-record holder Billy Mitchell about his unflattering portrayal in the upcoming doc "The King of Kong": "It’s funny — if ‘funny’ is the right word, which it isn’t. They paint Steve [Wiebe] as the family man and I guess they paint me as a son of a gun." At Variety, the film’s editor Michael Levine speaks up in defense of another doc on the festival circuit, "Billy The Kid," after John Anderson, in a scathing review, accused it of staging scenes and being exploitative.

The often upset country of Iran is also upset about something: According to Variety‘s Ali Jaafar, country officials are protesting the Cannes jury prize given to Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud‘s "Persepolis," calling it an example of Islamophobia and "another example of U.S. attempts to "encourage forces opposed to the authorities in any way possible."

+ Sony accuses Disney of inflating Pirates takings (Guardian)
+ Harvey Weinstein answers critics (Variety)
+ Weinstein and Tarantino fall out over major edit (Independent)
+ One last drop in the Ocean? (London Times)
+ Ex-‘Donkey Kong’ Champ Finally Speaks After Getting Bruised By New Doc (MTV)
+ In defense of ‘Billy The Kid’ (Variety)
+ Iran decries ‘Persepolis’ jury prize (Variety)

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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 IFC.com

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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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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…