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Bollywood, Lollywood, Nollywood.

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Dance number.
At the London Times, Anil Sinanan talks to Ali Larter about interesting oddity "Marigold" (it opens here on August 17), which Sinanan calls "the first significant Hollywood film to appropriate Bollywood’s unique style of film-making." Larter plays a C-list American actress who ends up becoming a dancer in a Bollywood musical and falling in love with the choreographer, major star Salman Khan. The director, Willard Carroll, is American and hope the film "acts as a window into the Bollywood world." Such valiant efforts haven’t taken in the past — does anyone remember "The Guru"?

Rather than bring Bollywood to America, America traveling to Bollywood seems to be the hip thing all the industry kids are doing: Anand Giridharadas at the New York Times reports on "Saawariya," your standard all-singing, all-dancing Hindi melodrama (it coincidentally also stars Salman Khan) that’s being produced by Sony Pictures, who are hoping to break in to an Indian market that’s otherwise remained staunchly uninterested in American imports. Giridharadas writes that "Hollywood has gone native elsewhere, in France, Germany, Hong Kong and beyond — but never against a domestic industry with so vast and impassioned a following." An awesome 95% of Indian box office sales are for Indian films — take that, globalism. Funding international productions for international markets isn’t a novel idea, though — Min Lee at the AP notes that the Weinsteins are investing $285 million in Asian-themed projects.

Sarfraz Manzoor at the Guardian looks at slasher "Hell’s Ground," "the first modern horror film to be filmed in Pakistan," and suggests that there’s actually a long tradition of South Asian horror. At the Christian Science Monitor, Shahan Mufti goes Lahore to see "In the Name of God," reportedly the great hope of a Pakistani cinema wilting in the face of religious militancy — the film’s been denounced as "blasphemous and anti-Islamic." Writes Mufti: "The story of two musician brothers – one studies music in Chicago and
the other becomes a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan following the
American invasion – is a fantastical tale that warns its audience of the threat of Islamic radicalism to Pakistanis."

Also at the Guardian, Biyi Bandele reports on Nigeria’s huge (the world’s third-biggest, behind Hollywood and Bollywood), VHS-driven film industry, looking into the 1992 film "Living in Bondage," "the first Nollywood ‘blockbuster,’" and Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, a Nollywood superstar.

On other international fronts, Mark Schilling at the Japan Times reviews "Kaidan," the new, period horror film from "Ring" director Hideo Nakata, who’s returned to Japan after the relative disappointment of his Hollywood version of "The Ring 2." Schilling declares the film "what would be hailed as a classic, if it had been made in 1957," which isn’t meant as a slight.

+ When Holly met Bolly (London Times)
+ Hollywood Starts Making Bollywood Films in India (NY Times)
+ Weinsteins launch Asian film fund (AP)
+ Zombie nation (Guardian)
+ The new movie that’s all the rage in Pakistan (Christian Science Monitor)
+ Welcome to Nollywood (Guardian)
+ A summer ghost story to chill you (Japan Times)

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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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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.


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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