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Odds: Thursday – “Cloverfield” named, that Tarzan yell.

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The hype machine formerly known as "Cloverfield" now has a title. That title is… "Cloverfield." We feel empty inside… why? [Via CHUD]

The Tarzan yell can’t be trademarked, an EU court has ruled. David Brown at the London Times reports:

Stephen James, a partner in R G C Jenkins & Co, the London-based intellectual-property firm that lodged the application, said: “I have spent the past ten years trying to get Tarzan’s yell trademarked but the difficulty has been putting a sound down on paper.

“We say that anybody, from the age of 5 to 105, who heard that sound would say it is Tarzan. There is still a lot of interest from people who want to license the Tarzan name and also to use the yell.”

Seymour Chatman at Artforum on Antonioni:

Beyond brilliantly meshing visual form with theme—empty canvases with empty lives—Antonioni contributed early to cinema’s migration from Victorian narrative modes, as necessary and welcome a move as was that from Great Expectations to Mrs. Dalloway for literature. Beginning with L’avventura, his films are firmly liberated from Hollywood’s obsessive insistence on the conclusive denouement, on tying things up, whether for better (Mildred Pierce; Stagecoach) or worse (Sunset Boulevard).

Larry McMurtry writes about Diane Keaton on photography at the New York Review of Books.

JC Gabel and James Hughes interview Thom Anderson of "Los Angeles Plays Itself" in Stop Smiling.

At the LA Weekly, a kid-centric twofer: Ella Taylor takes on the plague of cuteness in children’s cinema, "virtually monopolized by studios where, thematically, every last picture boils down to AFOG — Another Fucking Opportunity for Growth." And John Anderson covers the fall of what Eli Roth labeled "the last taboo," the killing of children on film.

And at David Edelstein‘s New York mag blog, thoughts on "Romance & Cigarettes":

Turturro’s musical Romance & Cigarettes poses another sort of challenge. I know people who think it’s a masterpiece and I know people who think it’s an embarrassment. With regard to this movie, oddly enough, those judgments are not mutually exclusive. Characters swamped with emotion burst into well-known pop songs, and although there is (inevitably) an element of camp, there’s no protective shell of irony (as in Dennis Potter’s Pennies From Heaven and The Singing Detective). The actors sometimes look foolish. The transitions are jarring. But you can make a case that the awkwardness is central to the film’s design. The mixture of the stylized and raw is brave and original.

+ Anyone can ape Tarzan as court rules his yell is public property (London Times)
+ End of Story (Artforum)
+ Diane Keaton on Photography (NY Review of Books)
+ Too Cute for Their Own Good (LA Weekly)
+ Short People, Short Lives (LA Weekly)
+ Odds and Bodkins: Isabella Rossellini Awkwardness, Much More (New York)

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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