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Odds: Page is Eyre, an appreciation of Pepper Potts, and promoting “Poultrygeist.”

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05062008_janeeyres.jpgEllen Page, everyone’s favorite sassypants MySpace generation heroine, will be playing Jane Eyre in an upcoming BBC Films adaptation, reports Variety, honest to Brontë. Elsewhere, the Guardian claims “MacGyver” creator Lee David Zlotoff has threatened to be in the planning stages of adapting the series for the big screen.

Jon Favreau salutes his “Iron Man” lead while not forgetting his own roots when talking to Entertainment Weekly: “It’s inspiring when somebody who sort of has his work cut out for him actually accomplishes that and comes back bigger and better than he was before. I mean, that’s the American dream — and it oddly somehow relates to Tony Stark. And when art imitates life, you’re onto something. I learned that off Swingers.” Meanwhile, Emma Pearse at New York presents one counter example to Manohla Dargis‘ Sunday New York Times “Where have the girls gone?” summer preview piece: “Iron Man”‘s “impeccably suited, no-frills Virginia ‘Pepper’ Potts, played by Gwyneth Paltrow.”

Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman shows the kids how it’s done: To promote “Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead” and protest Tribeca’s takeover of the Village East Cinema, he dressed up as a chicken and picketed outside, making Page Six and selling out Friday’s show.

David Haglund at Slate places Albert Lamorisse’s “The Red Balloon” against Hou Hsiao-hsien’s “The Flight of the Red Balloon.”

Jason Solomons at the Observer offers Keira Knightley a terrifying vision of her future, which she takes rather well:

Suddenly, thrillingly, I get a vision of Knightley, 10 years from now. She’s a bit Charlotte Rampling, a bit Kristin Scott Thomas, even a bit Monica Vitti but with a sense of humour. Of course, I could be horribly wrong and she could do that depressingly British actress thing of turning into a batty old eccentric. Or she could just be the new Joanna Lumley. But I tell her I see her shacked up in the south of France with some horny old European director who casts her as his muse in a series of vaguely erotic, slightly experimental art movies, using her mysterious androgyny to blur sexual taboos and push boundaries. She gets visibly excited and I remember that she really does have a beautiful smile. ‘Ooh, wonderful,’ she says. ‘That sounds idyllic. Do we own a vineyard?’

[Photo: The bonnets have it — recent Eyres include Charlotte Gainsbourg (1996), Samantha Morton (1997), Ruth Wilson (2006), Zelah Clarke (1983)]

+ Ellen Page takes on ‘Jane Eyre’ (Variety)
+ In brief: MacGyver creator talks up film (Guardian)
+ Jon Favreau Talks ‘Iron Man’ (Entertainment Weekly)
+ Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts: Surprisingly Super (New York)
+ An actress is born (Observer)

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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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