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Dana Stevens at Slate writes "In last week’s review of Knocked Up, I made passing mention of the virtual nonexistence of abortion as a real option for Katherine Heigl‘s character, Alison Scott, in the film. I speculated that the movie’s choice to tiptoe around this issue might have been a marketing decision. As if to prove my point that merely uttering the word abortion is a perilous move, that review provoked more blog posts, Fray discussion, and reader mail than anything I’ve written in a long time." She goes on:

We have no idea from the film what the filmmaker’s personal abortion politics are—I’d imagine that he votes pro-choice, whatever his reservations as an individual—but for the purposes of this discussion, it doesn’t matter. Apatow‘s reticence on the subject seems to spring less from personal conviction than from the fear of offending his audience’s sensibilities. This kind of Trojan horse moralism is maddeningly common in pop-culture representations of abortion, which seem muzzled, invisibly policed, by either the pro-life lobby or the fear of it.

She points out that films weren’t always so ginger about abortions, while over at Mireya Navarro at the New York Times continues on the topic, bringing "Waitress" into the mix and writing that "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" is one of the few films in which a character has an abortion, not a conveniently timed miscarriage, and it doesn’t cause them immediate and dire medical complications. But what seems the most on-target point is made in the piece by UCLA professor Jonathan Kuntz:

Dr. Kuntz, the film historian at U.C.L.A., said there is little incentive for such stories to be told. “Hollywood wants to entertain and make money,” he said.

Apatow has yet to make a public comment on the issue.

Speaking of signs of the times, Sheigh Crabtree at the LA Times surveys the rise of the "fresh-scrubbed, wholesome" tweener princesses (versus the current Lohan/Hilton high water mark), with the charge led by Emma Roberts, fresh off Nickelodeon and soon to be seen in "Nancy Drew." We admit, we’re perplexed by that film’s apparent "Brady Bunch Movie"-style reinvention of the character as hopeless square in a 50s sense — wasn’t Nancy supposed to be at least a little hip? Certainly not one to suggest a taffy pull, in the least?

Jonathan Padget at the Washington Post suggests that no matter how she’s portrayed, the girl detective hasn’t translated well on screen.

+ The Politics of Shmashmortion (Slate)
+ On Abortion, Hollywood Is No-Choice (NY Times)
+ It’s a green light for stand-up girls’ roles (LA Times)
+ Playing Nancy Drew: Sleuth and Consequences (Washington Post)

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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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