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It seems that everything's gone wrong/Since Canada came along
Opening weekends are breaking Hollywood: Peter Bradshaw at the Guardian complains that the pressure to pull in massive numbers on a film’s opening weekend is destroying cinema in general, and that good films are often pulled before they have a chance to build an audience. This is at least as true for indie films, most of which are dribbled into New York and LA first before being platformed out if they perform well, and which, if they don’t, get maybe a week before being moved out for something else in the ever-crowded arthouse market.

Sequels suck: Patrick Goldstein at the LA Times sings a tried and true song, and supports it by beating up on some occasionally poorly chosen examples: "X-Men 2" was good, and, if you acknowledge that Spielberg probably isn’t making "Indiana Jones 4" because he needs the money, then maybe you can acknowledge he might have ambitions for it as well? Glanced on, but not explored, is the idea of being what director Wayne Kramer calls in the piece being "someone’s sequel bitch." Juan Carlos Fresnadillo seems to be doing a rare breakout job as sequel bitch on "28 Weeks Later…"; for that matter, we’d take "Better Luck Tomorrow" director Justin Lin‘s "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" over the franchise’s previous installments anyway. But we digress…

Ain’t It Cool gets more access than you:
Francis Ford Coppola sits down to reveal details on "Youth Without Youth" with… Harry Knowles? Who admits, given that this is his first time doing a one on one, that he had his voice recorder on the wrong setting. The press world grumbles with resentment, but there is something compelling if unnecessary about how all 4000+ audible words of the interview have been transcribed and posted:

Harry: You shot YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH digitally didn’t you?

Coppola: I had never said how I did it, because I shot film and digital and I kind of maintained that everyone should look at it and kind of figure out how I did it…

Harry: Right.

Coppola: …but, we did shoot film as well.

Rom-coms suck: Ian Johns at the London Times wonders when "romantic comedies become so bad, so laden with lame humour and couples that barely spark and so transparent as therapy substitutes designed to make the audience feel good about themselves (the assumption being that we all feel bad to begin with)?" He blames the fact that modern technology and mores have eliminated the obstacles that prospective movie couples used to have to overcome, and that rom-com set-ups have become more outrageous and idiotic to make up for this. Clearly, it’s time to bring back acknowledged class systems — for the genre, it’s all been downhill since Jane Austen.

Canada, arr!: Gayle MacDonald and Alex Dobrota at the Globe and Mail report on Canada’s newfound status as a hotbed of piracy. Warner Bros. announced on Tuesday that they were pulling Canadian preview screenings of "Ocean’s Thirteen" and the next Harry Potter film, due to Canada’s failure to crack down on piracy and an MPAA study that claims that "analysis of counterfeit discs in 2005 revealed close to 75 per cent of all films illegally camcorded in Canada were recorded in theatres in and around Montreal, recently identified as the No. 1 city in the world for surreptitious camcording."

+ Weekend psychosis (Guardian)
+ Patrick Goldstein: Cue the sequel, and the safe, boring route (LA Times)
+ Harry sits down in Austin with Francis Ford Coppola and talks YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH, Seventies film, Wine, TETRO and the Coppolas (AICN)
+ Boy meets girl: it always ends in tears (London Times)
+ Why Warner Brothers is cracking down on Canada (The Globe and Mail)

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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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