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Odds: Thursday – China regrets (it’s unable to lunch today).

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Mia Farrow releases a victory statement in her battleground of choice, the New York Post‘s Page Six, after shaming Steven Spielberg into leaving his role artistic director of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. At BBC News, China expresses regret, passive aggression:

"It is understandable if some people do not understand
the Chinese government policy on Darfur, but I am afraid that some
people may have ulterior motives, and this we cannot accept," [Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao] told a
news conference.

"China is also concerned about the humanitarian
situation in Darfur. [But] empty rhetoric will not help. We hope that
relevant people will be more pragmatic."

Anthony Kaufman tackles what’s "not exactly a cinematic new wave. A clique, maybe? No, too fashionable. A band of outsiders? Too self-conscious. Maybe the best way to describe them is a filmmaking family" at the Village Voice. We’d hoped to see a mumblecore rumble on the horizon, but the piece is actually about producer Paul Mezey and Journeyman Pictures.

Elliott Gould briefly discusses his namesake sandwich (at the Stage Deli) with Esquire:

ESQ: What is bologna, anyway?

EG: Sometimes they say it’s a lie. Don’t give me the bologna or
malarkey. But it’s some junky thing. I thrive on being honest. When I
was asked if I’d like to have my hands and feet at Grauman’s Chinese —
and I was younger and I didn’t have perspective — I said no thank you.
But obviously, I got a sandwich named after me, so I deserved it.

The "leaked Diablo Cody screenplay" at Something Awful (via Reverse Shot) is almost harsh enough to reverse the "Juno" backlash-backlash-backlash, or wherever we’re at these days.

In her review of "Jumper," Slate‘s Dana Stevens describes previous Hayden Christensen project "Shattered Glass" as "’Saw’ for journalists."

From the AP: "A construction worker has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, admitting he strangled actress Adrienne Shelly while trying to rob her in her New York City apartment… Diego Pillco will receive 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on March 6."

+ MIA’S MUSCLE (NY Post)
+ China ‘regrets’ Spielberg action (BBC News)
+ The New American Realism (Village Voice)
+ The Elliot Gould, Stage Delicatessen, New York (Esquire)
+ honest to blog . . . (Reverse Shot)
+ Super Frat Boy (Slate)
+ Guilty Plea in Adrienne Shelly Killing (AP)

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…