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06172008_theedgeoflove.jpg“The Edge of Love,” director John Maybury’s biopic about the amours of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (played by Matthew Rhys), is having its premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival tomorrow. Anna Burnside at the London Times talks to screenwriter/playwright Sharman Macdonald about how one gets such a film made, the secret being, and here’s one for all the struggling writers out there to try at home, to get your daughter Keira Knightley to sign on as one of the leads.

Knightley asked to read the script, loved it, and set up some meetings in LA. It was during one of these calls that Knightley accidentally cast herself as Vera. “They said to her, ‘Of course you’re going to be in it’, and she said, ‘Well, Shar’ — that’s what she calls me, she doesn’t call me Mum — ‘I couldn’t say no’.”

Also in the Times, Andrew Lycett interviews Thomas’ daughter Aeronwy Thomas, who likes the film while pointed out a few deviations from the truth: ” ‘The dresses all look too expensive,’ she says, recalling her childhood. ‘Where are the patches on the elbows of coats and cardigans?’ ” Sheila Johnston at the Telegraph talks with the film’s producer Rebekah Gilbertson, who has her own family connection to the story — two of the people portrayed in the film, Vera Phillips (played Knightley), who had an affair with Thomas, and William Killick (Cillian Murphy), who was married to Vera and tried to murder Thomas, are her grandparents:

Her family rarely mentioned the scandal: “There was always a sort of mystery around it. I was told once that they had agreed, the four of them, not to talk about it. And my grandfather felt he had five daughters and didn’t want to be considered as the person who tried to kill Dylan Thomas.”

The film has yet to secure a U.S. distributor, possibly because its rumored Sapphic and threesome scenes are apparently just that. With this and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” we’ve almost got enough for a year-end trend piece on the vaporware ménage! Frustrated fanboys everywhere rage, rage…eh, whatever.

[Photo: “The Edge of Love,” Capitol Films, 2007]

+ Sharman Macdonald: Keira, Dylan Thomas and me (London Times)
+ Aeronwy Thomas on The Edge of Love and her father, Dylan Thomas (London Times)
+ The Edge of Love: ‘My granddad tried to kill Dylan Thomas’ (Telegraph)

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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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