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Empowerment and other quotables.

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"Look, I'm not trying to say it's a message movie, because it's not..."
A quick turn ’round the interview circuit:

In an earlier interview with Erik Davis at Cinematical, Eli Roth bashed After Dark Films’ controversial "Captivity" marketing campaign, mainly for the way it influenced his own. After Dark Films’ Courtney Solomon gets his own chance to speak up and defend the film (which is being finished up) here:

But at the end of the day, Captivity — as Roland [Joffé] intended it to be in the first place — is about female empowerment. It’s a more realistic take on these types of things happening. Saw is Saw and Hostel is Hostel, but Captivity is a realistic take on something that unfortunately happens in this country an awful lot. That’s what Roland set out to do; he wanted to make a statement about something that happens and is quite terrifying in this country

You know, we haven’t seen the film either, so forgive us for being needlessly skeptical but… really? It’s about female empowerment? We hope it’s that shiny new version of empowerment being offered by "Death Proof" and "Hostel II" in which acts of horrific violence are followed by a turnaround that proves the female victims are also capable of horrific violence, but only because it’s sooo justified. Girl power!

Then again, this also doesn’t sound like much of a realistic depiction of what probably happens to the average person who goes missing, so who’s to say what’s on Mr. Solomon’s mind?

Elsewhere, Chuck Palahniuk takes questions from the crowd at the Onion AV Club:

Q: What in your opinion, is the best book-to-film adaptation? —the jace

CP: Easy question. Rosemary’s Baby. Roman Polanski did a great job of adapting Levin’s novel.

Adam Higginbotham has a fascinating interview with director Tony Kaye at the Telegraph in which he discusses his "American History X" fallings-out and legal battles (after struggles for control with New Line, he demanded the film be credited to "Humpty Dumpty"), Marlon Brando and more:

When I ask him if people now expect him to be mad, he thinks for a long time. ‘I don’t know, to be honest,’ he says finally. ‘I mean, I know I’m not.’

David Michael at the Sydney Morning Herald talks to Danny Huston (son of John):

Danny aids the resurrection by mimicking his father’s deep, gruff baritone as he reels off one colourful anecdote after another. For starters, there’s the one about Jack Nicholson, who joined Huston at his home in Mexico to read the script for Prizzi’s Honor.

"Jack was walking around and reading it over and over again, and then finally went up to my father, saying, ‘John, I don’t get it. I just don’t get it.’ My father stared at him and said: [cue baritone] ‘It’s a comedy."’

+ Interview: After Dark Films’ Courtney Solomon Talks to Cinematical About ‘Captivity’ Controversy and Eli Roth’s Big … Mouth (Cinematical)
+ Chuck Palahniuk answers your questions about everything but his books (AV Club)
+ I did abominable things (Telegraph)
+ That’s one hell of a legacy, kid (Sydney Morning Herald)

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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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