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Odds: Salman Rushdie as a doctor, Paul Verhoeven on Jesus.

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04232008_thenshefoundme.jpgSalman Rushdie turns up in a somewhat jarring cameo as an obstetrician in Helen Hunt’s directorial debut “Then She Found Me” — he’s not bad, but his presence does throw you, as would, I suppose, Tom Stoppard playing a firefighter, or Joan Didion delivering a few lines of advice as a sage aunt. New York investigates the curious casting.

At indieWIRE, publicist Jeremy Walker, on the eve of a move to California, reflects on the indie publicity game:

Publicity is an optimist’s game, but only to a point. You can’t really be a publicist for “risky” movies without liberally trafficking in benefit of doubt. It makes sense that a person who promotes movies will probably also be a person who loves movies, but what journalist should trust a publicist who loves every movie? I’ve found over the years that to love a movie is not enough reason to take it on; instead I have learned to only take on movies that I love and that I can actually do something with.

Paul Verhoeven has a book about Jesus, says the Hollywood Reporter. And, hey! It’s controversial!

Army Archerd calls Shirley Temple today, on her 80th birthday, finds out she has a broken arm.

E! Online streams six tracks from Scarlett Johansson’s upcoming album of Tom Waits covers.

Takashi Murakami tells io9 that he sees himself at the George Lucas of, you know, art stuff: “I felt sympathetic to the revolution that George Lucas started, and my work has become a re-enactment of that sort of revolution in the art scene.”

[Photo: “Then She Found Me,” ThinkFilm, 2007]

+ How Helen Hunt Got Salman Rushdie to Give Her a Sonogram (New York)
+ Jeremy Walker on Independent Film PR: “What I think publicity really is and also what it should not be” (indieWIRE)
+ Paul Verhoeven takes on Jesus (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Not Such A Happy Birthday (
+ The Sounds of Scarlett (E! Online)
+ Murakami Tells io9 About His Secret Love For J.J. Abrams (io9)

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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