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“I played the male, when I am not playing a hermaphrodite.”

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04212008_greenporno.jpgA tour round the interview circuit:

“I am a ham. It makes people laugh when I play the male. So I played the male, when I am not playing a hermaphrodite.”
       —Isabella Rossellini on depicting insect mating habits in “Green Porno,” at the New York Times Magazine [Rossellini also discusses the “gigantic genitals” of insects at AMC’s Shootout blog.]

“My idea of perfect happiness is a healthy family, peace between nations, and all the critics die.”
       — David Mamet at Vanity Fair

“[S]ecretly that I am very unhappy to not have two towers being built, because I could offer to dance again–a dance of freedom, of victory, of ‘We shall not be doomed.'”
       —Tightrope walker and “Man on Wire” subject Philippe Petit on the Freedom Tower, at the New York

“That was really Pennebaker’s film. I just went around with a camera looking for good-looking girls.”
       —Direct Cinema pioneer Richard Leacock on shooting “Monterey Pop,” at the Globe and Mail

“[T]his time, the financiers told me to do what I wanted. It was possible to shoot anything! And this time, I discovered it was just natural to be graphic. To be graphic, this I like! And many times, people will say, ‘Oh, this is graphic,’ but I think of Renaissance painters. Their imagery is very strong and passionate. I wanted to do that without any sense of restrictions.”
       — Dario Argento on being freed of censorship burdens when making “Mother Of Tears,” in the new issue of Filmmaker Magazine

“[T]o me, it’s extremely ludicrous, but the US audience can accept it, so I shot it according to the script. The story is a fairy tale, just like a cartoon. I believe the scriptwriter loves Chinese culture, for he could combine Drunken Fist, Jade Emperor, Eight Immortals, Monkey King, etc. together.”
       — Jackie Chan talks frankly about “Forbidden Kingdom” at [via Kaiju Shakedown]

[Photo: “Green Porno,” Sundance, 2008]

+ Bugged Out (NY Times Magazine)
+ Proust Questionnaire: David Mamet (Vanity Fair)
+ Daring Frenchman Wants WTC Back (New York)
+ Through a lens weirdly (Globe and Mail)
+ DARK CITY (Filmmaker Magazine)
+ Forbidden Kingdom Interview: Jet Li Gets Philosophical While Jackie Chan Speaks His Mind (

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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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