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04182008_zombiestrippers.jpgToday also marks the release of “Zombie Strippers,” whose title was probably also its pitch and its own self-contained marketing plan. The film, which stars former porn actress Jenna Jameson and Robert “Freddy Krueger” Englund, has to earn bonus points for purportedly being based on Eugene Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros.”

Jameson, who made her non-porn acting debut in the 1997 Howard Stern biopic “Private Parts,” talks about the film’s hidden political (yes!) agenda at San Francisco Chronicle: “‘I think that was the biggest draw for me,’ she says of writer-director Jay Lee’s unabashed Bush-bashing amid copious rending of clothing and flesh. ‘When I read the script, I thought it was brilliant. It’s funny. It’s a great way to pull people in and send them away with a message.'”

When is a zombie just a zombie, I ask you?

At Premiere, Glenn Kenny is inspired by Jameson’s career choice to write that “while recent advances in sexual frankness onscreen seem to be constantly bringing porn and mainstream entertainment closer and closer together, crossing over remains an elusive dream for performers who come up through the world of adult,” and take a closer look at several cases of porn actors trying to go mainstream, from Linda Lovelace to Traci Lords. But better still is the anecdote he follows the piece up with on his blog, a tale of how he, David Foster Wallace and two other colleagues headed out to Las Vegas in 1998 to cover the Adult Video News Awards, and how he ended the evening attempting to save the soul of the porn actress later known as Cheyenne Silver.

[Photo: Jameson in “Zombie Strippers,” Triumph Films, 2008]

+ Jenna Jameson stars in ‘Zombie Strippers’ (SF Chronicle)
+ From Porn To Mainstream: Can Jenna Pull It Off? (Premiere)
+ The Ballad of Cheyenne Silver (In the Company of Glenn)

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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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