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Odds: Tuesday – The deaths of Harry Potter, mumblecore.

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"We're the nobodies who learn from it and make better next time."
In the new British TV movie "My Boy Jack," Daniel Radcliffe plays Rudyard Kipling’s son, Lieutenant Jack Kipling, and dies violently in battle, reports Adam Sherwin at the London Times: "Harry Potter’s many young fans could find the sight of Daniel Radcliffe being shot to pieces disturbing. But according to the teenage actor, his new role as Rudyard Kipling’s ill-fated son offers an important Remembrance message. ITV is prepared for complaints."

Also showing premature signs of mortality — mumblecore? Amy Taubin at Film Comment jumps up and down on the purported corpse… Well, mostly just on Joe Swanberg:

Swanberg has explained that he was moved to make Kissing [on the Mouth] as a rejoinder to what he felt was the buttoned-up quality of Bujalski’s Funny Ha Ha. And indeed, his greatest talent is for getting attractive, seemingly intelligent women to drop their clothes and evince sexual interest in an array of slobby guys who suffer from severely arrested emotional development. Swanberg is the DIY Judd Apatow. (Please do not let me see that line quoted on a DVD cover.)

Also in the new FC issue, Daniel Stuyck dwells on Texan "proto-indie" filmmaker Eagle Pennell: "Self-defeating behavior has a way of being seen in hindsight as virtue uncompromised. Say what you will, any state of perfection is categorically foreign to the seven films made by Eagle Pennell."

Josh Horowitz at MTV chats up Jack Nicholson on the occasion of the new collectors’ edition DVD of "Chinatown" and "The Two Jakes":

MTV: Was the third film in the "Chinatown" trilogy ever scripted?

Nicholson: No. I would imagine Robert has some kind of
outline. I can tell you it was meant to be set in 1968 when no-fault
divorce went into effect in California. The title was to be "Gittes vs.
Gittes." It was to be about Gittes’ divorce. The secrecy of Meg Tilly‘s
character was somehow to involve the most private person in California,
Howard Hughes. That is where the air element would have come into the

Elizabeth Snead at the LA Times discusses The Haircut with "No Country For Old Men" stylist Paul LeBlanc: "It’s a kind of a bi-historical hairstyle. It could be the 17th century, it could be the ’70s. We don’t know where Chigurh comes from or where he’s going. Who is he? Is he even a real human being?"

Jonathan Rosenbaum at the Chicago Reader on "Blade Runner: The Final Cut": "Ironically, I’ve always retained some affection for the voice-over and ending of the 1982 version. But Scott has finally managed to tell the story more clearly, making all the small fixes he’s spent years fighting for, and the effort has been entirely worth it. Better late than never."

And at his blog, David Bordwell meditates on the POV shot and the cafe sequence in "In the City of Sylvia."

+ Far cry from Hogwarts as Daniel Radcliffe plays Rudyard Kipling’s doomed son in Great War film (London Times)
+ ALL TALK? (Film Comment)
+ Jack Nicholson Talks! In Rare Interview, Actor Reveals Details Of Never-Shot ‘Chinatown’ Sequel (MTV)
+ Deadly coif medicine (LA Times)
+ The Actual Definitive Ultimate Director’s Cut (Chicago Reader)
+ Observations on film art and Film Art (

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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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