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Odds: Cashing out, Clooney, torture!

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Mike White (not that Mike White) is, after 14 years of running definitive film zine Cashiers du Cinemart, calling it quits for financial reasons. He adds that all is not necessarily lost:

The idea may continue in some form or another in the future. I’m still not fully committed to web publishing for longer articles, holding on to the idea that print remains the best medium for reading. I’m looking into options of various “print on demand” services that will eliminate some of the heartache and headaches of publishing and distribution while passing on the cost to my faithful readers. For that, my bank account will thank you. In other words, there may be a Cashiers du Cinemart #16, but it sure won’t look or show up like the last fifteen issues. The zine may be down, but not completely out.

Take a trip back to the glory days of 1994 with this article from issue #1, a torrid tale of Chris Gore, Blockbuster Video, “City on Fire,” Quentin Tarantino and the creation of the video “Who do you think you’re fooling?”

At Esquire, A.J. Jacobs gets George Clooney to Google himself, read his own Wikipedia entry and watch “2 Girls 1 Cup.” It is, I must admit, a bizarrely brilliant interview technique.

David Givens (not that David Givens) at The Believer dwells on memory, faces on film and snow — I wouldn’t want to give it more of a description than that. It is, like many of The Believer‘s essays, a little too blurry, verging on twee, but ultimately lovely.

And in the New Yorker, Philip Gourevitch and Errol Morris preempt Morris’ upcoming doc “Standard Operating Procedure” with an article on Sabrina Harman and the Abu Ghraib rules.

[Photo: Cashiers du Cinemart, Issue #15]

+ Down But Not Out (Cashiers du Cinemart)
+ The 9:10 to Crazyland (Esquire)
+ NO SHELL, JUST A GHOST (The Believer)
+ Exposure (New Yorker)

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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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