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Sundance: Couldn’t escape if I wanted to…

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Sundance is our film festival Waterloo — five days in, we’re miserably sick once again despite constant intake of Airborne and repeated applications of Zicam, a product based on the claim that you can ward off colds by spraying zinc up your nose. (We remain agnostic as to whether the latter works — anything that’s so disgusting and that can cause irreversible loss of smell must at least have some placebo properties.)

Nothing in our growing backlog of films has yet blown us away. There’s been debate about the worthiness of "The Wackness," Jonathan Levine’s coming of age drama set, for no apparent better reason than to include a vintage hip-hop soundtrack and Giuliani jokes, in 1994 — whether a brilliant mess or indulgent disaster, it’s still one of the more enjoyable things we’ve seen so far. The docs at Sundance have always been a safer bet than the narrative films, and are dominating the most talked-about titles in the festival to date. Two in particular: Marina Zerovich’s "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" became an unexpectedly hot property and was eventually picked up by HBO, while Nanette Burstein’s "American Teen," which follows the senior year of four Indiana high school students, is still being squabbled over by various distributors and is reportedly commanding a bidding price in the $2-3 million range. We haven’t been able to see either yet due to interview scheduling, but did end up talking to Burstein and her four subjects yesterday. The kids, who in the film are preliminarily assigned the John Hughes-esque roles of "Jock," "Popular," ‘Rebel" and "Loner," were radiant after what was, from all accounts, one of the best-received premieres of the festival. CW star Tom Welling, they told us, had requested to take a photo with them. After a morning of delivering sound bites to the press, a few of the teens had also gotten into the habit of referring to the "characters" they play in the film, something they’d then realize and apologize for. We don’t think it’s a telling detail about the film as much as one about our current culture — everyone’s born junket-ready these days.

IFC News has a few video pieces up on the general IFC Sundance page, including one discussion of our Sundance survival kit (that has since failed us), another in which we interview Emily Blunt and Mary Lynn Rajskub of "Sunshine Cleaning," and Matt’s "sweded" interview with Jack Black on "Be Kind Rewind."

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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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