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Everyone’s gone green.

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04222008_earth.jpgThe Walt Disney Company has established a new production banner, Disneynature, through which it hopes to put two new nature docs a year to theaters starting in 2009 with “Earth,” then on to “Oceans” and “Chimpanzee.” Despite the apparently enviro-angle, Brook Barnes at the New York Times points out this move is mainly just business-savvy:

Disney hopes that nature’s broad appeal will help the studio expand overseas. The company’s films have long been successful in foreign countries, but Disney faces cultural barriers in some developing markets like China and India. Nature documentaries, with film gathered from around the globe, cross borders much more easily.

The initiative holds strategic importance for the company beyond the box office. Mr. Iger said the company’s consumer products unit would probably develop a line of “beautiful books” based on Disneynature films. Nature sells well on DVD. And the theme parks unit could develop attractions built around 3-D nature films.

“Earth” is due out, natch, on Earth Day next year — the trailer’s here, replete with adorable, beautifully photographed penguins, monkeys, polar bears and elephants, and very few implications that these photogenic animals might eat or get eaten by other photogenic animals.

At the Washington Post, Edward Norton, who’s been hosting the PBS environmental issue series “Strange Days on Planet Earth,” takes questions from the crowd about the show and his involvement. It’s well-moderated enough that no one slips in any “Incredible Hulk” dispute queries, but this does get through:

Dude, You’re an Actor: It’s great that you care about the planet and all, but you’re an actor. Is acting just a sideline from your academic research career, or is there some other reason you think you should be telling us what to do?

Edward Norton: I’m not telling anybody what to do. Do whatever you want. I’m just interested.

[Photo: “Earth,” Disneynature, 2008]

+ Disney Looks to Nature, and Creates a Film Division to Capture It (NY Times)
+ Trailer: “Earth” (Quicktime)
+ Green Week: ‘Strange Days on Planet Earth’ (Washington Post)

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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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