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IFC News: Handling Paul Haggis, plus Craig Zobel, “Eastern Promises.”

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This week on IFC News:

Aaron Hillis talks to Paul Haggis, the man behind one of the most fretted-over Best Picture wins in history, as well as the new film "In the Valley of Elah":

My job is not to be liked, but to make films that are provocative. If I stop doing that, then people should hate me. I would much rather be loved or hated than just go down the middle of the street and have people say, "Oh yeah, he’s a nice filmmaker. He’s okay." I think people will be vilifying me for all new things: it’s too subtle, or whatever. There were two articles about "Crash" that I felt were just hysterical. One was an opinion piece in the Washington Times, I think, and it was called "Why the Left Hates ‘Crash’". Then a month before or after that, I can’t remember which, another article in some liberal-ish rag was titled "Why the Right Hates ‘Crash’". I knew I was doing something right.

Matt Singer interviews Craig Zobel, of "Great World of Sound" and the David Gordon Green gang:

I can’t imagine that it’s a glamorous lifestyle, being a con man.
Nobody wants to be a Machiavellian bad guy. So you have to think that
you’re either doing something not that bad or you have to be
rationalizing it constantly.

It’s not the same thing, but I worked as a phone sales operator for a
while. Pat worked as a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman. When
you’re doing those jobs, you’re doing them because you need fucking
rent money, like, next week. You’re not in a glamorous place in your
life when you have to go non-legit. Rich people don’t sit around going
"How do I do something ethically weird?"

We’ll post our own review later this week, but for now, on the podcast, we discuss "Eastern Promises."

Michael Atkinson dwells on Andrzej Zulawski‘s lost Polish sci-fi effort "On the Silver Globe" (as well as a recent Valentino set):

"On the Silver Globe" is an unfinished thing; it’s both difficult to say it’s a successful film as it stands — that was certainly never Zulawski’s intention — and to imagine what it might’ve amounted to, almost 30 years since its plug was pulled. But you’re not likely to see anything remotely like it, ever.

Singer reviews "King of California": "I wouldn’t give Douglas the Oscar. But I’d go see the movie once."

And Christopher Bonet has what’s new in theaters.

+ IFC News

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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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Give Back

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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