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"In the face of this, we are dust, nothing more."
Once again, we take a giddy whirl around the current interview circuit:

We saw "Sunshine" last week and liked it lots, though after all the film’s advance billing in the UK press as a return to the metaphysical sci-fi of the 70s we went prepared for all kinds of indulgent pseudo-philosophical wankery and were vaguely disappointed to find it about as grounded as an entirely space-bound film can be. In the LA Times, Danny Boyle discusses the film with John Horn:

"My problem with science fiction is when you try to invent too much," Boyle said. "A phone looks like a banana and not a phone, and that doesn’t make any sense. You don’t have to have everything reinvented. Look around today. You can have an iPod on a Victorian desk."

Bruno Dumont droops all over Xan Brooks at the Guardian:

"You see," he says, tapping another cigarette from the packet. "I feel I have a political duty to reach out to the general public. I want to make films that the people want to see. So if the people want to see Johnny Depp or Tom Cruise, then it is really my job to incorporate them into my films."

Sylvia "Emmanuelle" Kristel speaks with Deborah Ross about her signature role at the Independent:

She has a son, Arthur, now in his thirties. Has he seen it? "He fell asleep. He thought it very boring." Your mother? "She saw the film when it came on television. She said: ‘If they are showing it on television it can’t be that bad.’ And then she saw it and said: ‘Is that all?’ I said: ‘Mother, have you been imagining the worst for 20 years?’ "

 Lily Tomlin vaults a barrage of lyrics-based interview questions at the Guardian:

Where’s your head at?

Well, infamously, I’ve been losing it on YouTube with David O Russell. All I can say is we’re quite friendly. I would work with him again in a minute. I’m sure he regrets his behaviour as I regret mine. I agree with what Dustin Hoffman said about him, that his style was like Jackson Pollock except he was throwing us at the canvas instead of paint. We didn’t quite know how we were going to splatter but we figured it would be interesting.

John Travolta shares some tidbits on playing "Hairspray"‘s Edna Turnblad that made us briefly consider forking our eyes out, with Will Lawrence at the London Times:

“That role made me think that I’d be shameless as a woman!” he laughs, plucking a cookie from a dish. “And I learnt a lot about women – they have a lot of power! Everyone knew I was underneath that outfit, but they forgot; I’d have crew guys saying, ‘Do you mind if I touch you there?’ ”

And Steve Zahn, who’s unexpectedly good in "Rescue Dawn" (though he fails to outskinny Christian Bale or the even more impressively skeletal Jeremy Davies), chats with the Onion AV Club‘s Nathan Rabin:

I was like, "I have to meet Werner. I have to meet him. I love Werner, and I have to be in this. I don’t know what I’m going to do, I’m so nervous." I met him, went to his house, he cooked me steak. I was just fully prepared to give him the speech about being in comedies and how my other experience was in theater, and he didn’t care. Which was great.

+ Danny Boyle feels the heat with ‘Sunshine’ (LA Times)
+ The man with two brains (Guardian)
+ Interview: Sylvia Kristel, the world’s most famous porn star (Independent)
+ Is this it? (Guardian)
+ Travolta as you’ve never seen him before (London Times)
+ Random Roles: Steve Zahn (AV Club)

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Rev Up

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…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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