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It’s been 23 years since Spinal Tap was "discovered" by Marty DiBergi. The Guardian‘s Dan Glaister talks to Rob Reiner about the band reforming to fight global warming at Live Earth this past Saturday.

"Certainly the members of Spinal Tap are not going to be spokespeople for the environment," says Reiner, his round, cheerful face showing momentary concern at the thought. "Spinal Tap really don’t know anything about global warming. They really are clueless. But like they say, if they can play some loud music and help the world, they’re happy to do it." He tells me that Nigel’s solution to global warming is to wear less clothing, perhaps to take off his jacket.

It’s been 25 years since the "Thriller" music video. Marc Lee at the Telegraph checks in on its director, John Landis, and uncovers another genre he pioneered:

The 45-minute Making of Thriller established the genre, anticipating the "extras" that now accompany almost every DVD release. However, at the time, says Landis, "we used to call it ‘The Making of Filler’. It turned out very well, but the truth is that it’s filled with scenes from American Werewolf because I owned them, and anything else we could find to fill up the time.

"When we found we were still six minutes short, we decided to put in pieces of the video itself. In fact, it’s very effective, but at the time I thought, ‘This is shameless.’ "

And it’s been 30 years since Elvis died or absconded to a trailer park outside Fort Lauderdale to live in blissful anonymity. Woody Baird at the AP checks in on some of his film costars, who’ll be gathered for a gala event at this year’s Elvis Week, among them his "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" love interest Suzanna Leigh:

"The usual question they’ll ask me is what was it like to kiss Elvis," said Leigh, setting up an obviously well-used line. "They’ll ask was he good, and I often say, `I think he had some practice.’"

+ Rock’n’roll to the rescue (Guardian)
+ How Thriller turned into a monster (Telegraph)
+ Elvis co-stars mark 30 years since death (AP)

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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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