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IFC News: Straight-to-DVD, the Satrapi/Paronnaud siblings, Sayles.

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Nao Omori and Shinobu Terajima.
This week on IFC News:

Michael Atkinson posts his picks for the 15 best straight-to-DVD releases of the year. Number one?  Ryuichi Hiroki’s "Vibrator."

Matt Singer
interviews "Persepolis" co-directors Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud:

How did the fact that you two are old friends affect your collaboration?

MS: The trust you have in people, that really helps. We knew
each other for many years before this project. I knew who he was and he
knew who I was. For instance, Vincent is someone who hates to read
contracts. I hate to read contracts too. So my husband read the
contracts, I signed the contract and I told him, "You have to sign,"
and then he signs.

VP: [laughs] You get the best results in a climate like this — of trust and affection and friendship.

MS: Basically, most of the problems start there. One person
wants to get more credit. We were always a "we." And as I always say to
people, "You know the Coen brothers?" "We’re the Satrapi/Paronnaud
brother and sister."

On the podcast, we take a look forward to 2008.

Stephen Saito
talks "Honeydripper" with John Sayles:

Guitar Sam is based on Guitar Slim, who was the guy who had a big hit with "The Things I Used to Do," and he was known for, among other things, missing his gigs. [laughs] So there are a bunch of guys who later became R & B icons, who at some point in their young lives were told, "Tonight, you are Guitar Slim," because nobody knows what this guy looks like because it was before album covers and MTV. And he was also the guy who came up with the thing of the long extension cord and he used to go out from his club in New Orleans and go to the doorway of the other clubs and just play people back into his set. I’m fascinated with that period, just that moment in the world of music when I think the first time [the guitar players] heard that solid body electric guitar, [they] realized, wait a minute, something’s going to change really fast and we might get left behind if we don’t jump on it. And I’m always interested in those transitions.

Matt Singer reviews "There Will Be Blood" ("The real discovery is Dano, who matches his highly pedigreed costar in scene after scene") here and  "Sweeney Todd" here.

And Christopher Bonet has what’s new in theaters.

We’re still hoping to post some thoughts on "There Will Be Blood," but other than that, we are so done for 2007. We’ll be back in new year — happy holidays, all.

+ IFC News

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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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