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“Why don’t you guys just start remaking your hits?”

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06022008_psycho.jpgThe world in quotes:

“They have to make Bourne Identity before they make Bourne Ultimatum. They don’t really want to make Bourne Identity because it’s a trial thing. But they really want to make Bourne Ultimatum. So it was an idea I had–you know, why don’t you guys just start remaking your hits.”
       —Gus Van Sant on his shot-for-shot “Psycho” remake at The Believer. (The complete interview is not, alas, online.)

“This is a cheap way for Seven Stories to get my story. And it’s disgusting they’re using celebrity names to sell it. I’m not interested in making a career of JT, I’m an artist.”
       —Laura “JT LeRoy” Albert on collaborator Savannah Knoop’s book deal to write “Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy” at the New York Post.

“I had just done A Mighty Heart and was scheduled to do Changeling, which is about the kidnapping of a child. And I had lost my mom. And I knew I was in this odd, fuzzy state going from one loss and kidnapping to another loss and kidnapping. Then Wanted came along. It’s about being physical and jumping and running and being violent, and instinctively I knew I needed to do that.”
       —Angelina Jolie on why she decided to star in the upcoming action flick, at Vanity Fair.

“I am going to see it. She [Marina Zenovich] is very nice and has asked me to see it. I will.”
       —Roman Polanski on, apparently, not yet having seen “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” at

“He looks back at this past (the one portrayed in Barbara Kopple’s 1993 doc ‘Fallen Champ’) not as something that’s a continuous leading to the present but that’s almost a document of a stranger.”
       —James Toback on Mike Tyson, at the Risky Biz blog.

[Photo: Van Sant’s “Psycho,” Universal Pictures, 1998]

+ Gus Van Sant (The Believer)
+ A Woman in Full (Vanity Fair)
+ Polanski Today (
+ For Tyson, it’s all about the ear and now (Risky Biz Blog)

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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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