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Odds: Friday – Biopics, blurry genitals and fair use.

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"Dewey Cox needs to think about his entire life before he plays."
Doofy trailers for weekend watching: Here is one for Jake Kasdan‘s "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story." The trailer’s just fine; the idea of a biopic spoof though, tickles us pink.

And here is a teaser for "Harold & Kumar 2."

At the Japan Times, Quentin Tarantino confesses a particular obscurist fondness to Giovanni Fazio:

"I even like — in fact, I’m quite enamored with — the whole Nikkatsu (studio) roman poruno
thing (’70s, big-budget adult movies). I almost can’t believe that that
existed in cinema! The way they did it in the ’70s, where they’re real
movies with real actors. The woman who played the proprietor in "Kill Bill" (Yuki Kazamatsuri), she was a roman poruno
actress. I saw a couple of her films and I thought they were fantastic!
Even the fact that the genitals were blurred out actually made it work
even more!"

Neil Gaiman confirms for Roger Ebert
that he probably does not hold the record for having sold the most
screenplays to Hollywood that were never produced (as claimed by the Hollywood Reporter); this prize probably goes to Harlan Ellison:

Ellison writes me: "I’ve no idea what my pal Neil Gaiman claims for a
total of unproduced screenplays but (including films intended for TV,
as well as theatrical, but not series) I had the list printed out, and
at the moment, it stands at a terrifying 27 screenplays written and
unproduced. (All were paid for at exorbitant rates, thank goodness.)"

Joe Garofoli at the San Francisco Chronicle looks at how a doc is pushing the fair use doctrine ever further: "Roughly 90 percent of ‘War Made Easy’
consists of archival news footage from major television networks that
would cost a ton of money to license – if the filmmakers had paid for
all of it; they bought only about 60 percent from distributors."

At the Guardian, actor Paddy Considine writes about directors and directing his first film, a short called "Dog Altogether."

Shane Meadows (A Room for Romeo Brass, Dead Man’s Shoes) is different, because I grew up with him. We bonded over the films we saw as kids: Made in England, Scum, The Firm, Kes. I saw them far too young probably. They made a massive impression. They were not talking about my life exactly, but about things that were going on where I lived. So I think Shane got a lot from them too, and that’s what bonded us: an understanding of those films as well as a personal understanding of each other.

And Mark Feeney at the Boston Globe writes that Charlton Heston wasn’t always all "my cold dead hands!" "He wasn’t the first star to make the journey from left to right. The most obvious example is Ronald Reagan. Others include James Cagney and Frank Sinatra. But Heston’s ideological journey is all the more striking for the fact that several of his movies can be read in overtly liberal terms."

+ Trailer: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (Yahoo)
+ Teaser: Harold and Kumar 2 (Myspace)
+ Quentin Tarantino: a B-movie badass (Japan Times)
+ ‘Stardust’ memories (
+ Media critic Solomon pushes limits of fair-use in new documentary (SF Chronicle)
+ Humanistic dog flicks (Guardian)
+ Charlton Heston: going from left to right (Boston Globe)

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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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