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The Coens and Cannes.

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03052008_burnafterreading.jpgCould the Coen brothers be headed back to Cannes this year? Hot damn, do I hope so. Lou Lumenick pointed out on his New York Post blog last week that “IMDB is listing the premiere of Joel and Ethan Coen’s ‘Burn After Reading’ as having its world premiere there on May 14.” The film, a comedy starring George Clooney as a former CIA agent who writes an angry memoir after he’s fired for alcoholism, also features Clooney’s “Michael Clayton” co-star, Batman nipple costume-eulogizing Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton, as well as Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand.

The Hollywood Reporter noted yesterday that Focus has set a September 12 wide release date for the film, which seems like a solid one for a title that’s going to bear the weight of unholy expectations. But at The Hot Blog, David Poland hauls out numbers to make the not implausible argument that this isn’t a great sign, because “the reality is that September is the place where quality movies go to die.”

[Photo: George Clooney and Frances McDormand in the Coens’ “Burn After Reading,” Focus Features, 2008]

+ Coens Doing the Cannes-Cannes Again? (NY Post)
+ Coen brothers’ next film to “Burn” (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Is Focus Dumping The Next Coen Bros Movie? (The Hot Blog)

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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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