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Odds: Friday – Strike! And, oil!

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"There are times when I I look at people and I see nothing worth liking."
The writers strike is on, reports the Hollywood Reporter. We’re not the first to say it, nor, we’re sure, will we be the last: Bring on the reality teevee.

There’s a full-length trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s "There Will Be Blood" up here, with  Daniel Day-Lewis back doing that monologue, and it is strange, unsettling and very promising.

From Variety, David Fincher‘s in line to direct an adaptation of graphic novel "The Killer," about "a top assassin suddenly plagued by his conscience and a highly competent cop hot on his tail." Also from Variety, First Look Studios has picked up Takashi Miike‘s "Sukiyaki Western Django" — that’s the Western in phonetic English with a Quentin Tarantino cameo that’s supposed to be, as is most of Miike’s oeuvre, wildly uneven.

In the new issue of Bright Lights, Kevin L. Ferguson has an essay on a topic we’ve never before considered: wallpaper in film.

Ginny Dougary at the London Times interviews Robert Redford and reveals that he would have been hopelessly mocked if he had grown up in the UK:

Face to face, it is a shock to see quite how freckly and “ginger” Redford is. Redheads don’t suffer the same stigma in the States as they do in this country, and we have a funny moment when my interviewee attempts to get to grips with the point I’m endeavouring to make. “Bullet?” he asks. No, bullied. “Bullied? Oh, really? Are you being serious? Why?” Nevertheless, although Redford was never exactly tormented on account of his colouring, “When I was a little kid, I had red hair and freckles and I was certainly teased, yeah, yeah – ‘Hey, Red! Hey, Red!’” he taunts.

And Desson Thomson at the Washington Post uncovers the ultimate weeper:

During his research, [biochemist William] Frey also discovered a movie that was guaranteed to draw tears, a 1957 British drama called "All Mine to Give." Set in the late 1800s in Wisconsin, it tells of a Scottish family that loses both parents, leaving the oldest, 12-year-old son to take care of five brothers and sisters. Audiences wept without fail, he recalls, at a scene in which that boy (Rex Thompson) goes door-to-door with his siblings, giving each one away to a new family. After a few sittings, Frey couldn’t stand watching anymore.

+ Writers strike set for Monday, WGA votes (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Trailer: There Will Be Blood (Apple)
+ Paramount, Fincher catch ‘Killer’ (Variety)
+ First Look nabs rights to ‘Sukiyaki’ (Variety)
+ Covering the Cinema (Bright Lights)
+ Robert Redford: An American idol (London Times)
+ Watch ‘Em and Weep (Washington Post)

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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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