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Fests, the stage, frippery.

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Sorry, haters: Wes Anderson’s "The Darjeeling Limited" will open this year’s New York Film Festival, while the great "No Country for Old Men" will serve as the centerpiece film, according to Brian Brooks at indieWIRE. Meanwhile, the Toronto Film Festival, while insisting on a lack of interest in "the premiere game," will present the world premiere of Shekhar Kapur’s "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," reports Etan Vlessing at the Hollywood Reporter.

Emir Kusturica’s opera adaptation of his 1988 film "Time of the Gypsies" premiered two days ago at the Paris National Opera. According to Alan Riding at the New York Times:

The opera is going to be how Monty Python could have imagined opera,” Mr. Kusturica (pronounced koos-toor-EET-sa), 52, told reporters during rehearsals. “Sometimes it is a parody of opera, sometimes it is a self-parody."

Meanwhile, Spike Lee will be directing a Broadway revival of WWII comedy-drama "Stalag 17" [Variety]; Woody Allen will be directing a Puccini work for the Los Angeles Opera [Guardian]; David Cronenberg‘s opera version of "The Fly" will have its premiere in Paris next year in July; and Kevin Spacey has been confessing to the Telegraph that he’s liking his spot as artistic director of the Old Vic theater more than acting:  "I don’t care about my personal acting career any more. I’m done with it."

Doesn’t anyone want to make movies anymore?

Having mentioned Cronenberg, we should point out that the trailer to his new film, "Eastern Promises," is here, and promising.

At the LA Times, Timothy Olyphant discusses his side gig with Mike Flaherty:

You have an interesting, uh, day job — reading sports for Indie 103.1 on its morning show. What’s that about?

I’m still not sure. [Laughs] About a year ago I went to the station to
do some press — I was a big fan of Joe Escalante’s show — and, as far
as I knew, sports was the only gig available. David Lynch later took
the weather job.

Talk about surreal

Yeah. Every morning. He came in after me, riding my coattails. Frankly, I’m tired of it.

Laura "JT Leroy" Albert, in the wake of a losing a $116,500 court battle to Antidote International Films over the film rights to "Sarah," tells the New York Post‘s Page Six she’s ready to pose in Playboy. And prove what, exactly? We dunno.

+ Wes Anderson’s "Darjeeling" to Open 45th New York Film Festival; Coen’s "Country" In Centerpiece Slot (indieWIRE)
+ Toronto festival backs off "world premiere" tag (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Opera With Attitude, Guitars, and a Dose of Mayhem (NY Times)
+ Spike Lee sets stage for ‘Stalag 17’ (Variety)
+ Woody Allen tries his hand in a new aria (Guardian)
+ Spacey: I don’t care about my acting career any more (London Times)
+ Trailer: Eastern Promises (Yahoo Movie)
+ Timothy Olyphant: A villain, only on the screen (LA Times)

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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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