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Trailering: Falco, Philip Roth, Bill Maher.

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06092008_falco.jpgEs war um 1780, und es war in Wien: I understand not a word of it, but I’m totally entranced by this trailer for Thomas Roth’s Falco biopic “Falco – Verdammt, wir leben noch!”. And really, what is there to understand? It’s a musical biopic: humble beginnings, “Rock Me Amadeus,” rise to fame, wild Austrian debauchery, untimely death by bus. Actually, I would like to know how Grace Jones fits into it all, as she’s somehow in the trailer too. The film just opened in Germany, having hit Austrian theaters a few months ago, with, of course, no U.S. distribution in sight. [Hat tip to Twitch].

Here’s a trailer for “Elegy,” the sixth feature from director Isabel Coixet, of “The Secret Life of Words” and “My Life Without Me.” It’s based on Philip Roth’s “The Dying Animal,” the third in a trilogy about the character David Kepesh, all three of which have, as they say in the literary world, squicked me out. No one’s adapted Roth to the screen to any sense of general satisfaction, but this work is one that would seem to pose an interesting challenge to a female filmmaker — at the very least, it looks like the film may downplay Kepesh’s boob fixation, though maybe that’s just not trailer friendly. Ben Kingsley plays the aging professor, Penélope Cruz his younger lover, Peter Sarsgaard his son and Patricia Clarkson his not as young lover, and the film’s due out August 8th.

Here’s one for “Religulous,” Bill Maher’s not at all controversial anti-religion documentary set to open October 3rd. Fine use of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” during a montage; the title is apparently a combination of “religion” and “ridiculous.”

And here’s a trailer for “Boy A,” a brilliantly depressing film about a young man trying to start anew after having spent most of his life in juvenile prison for the murder of another boy. It’s directed by John Crowley, whose last feature was the intersecting Dublin lives drama “Intermission,” featuring Colin Farrell in one of the few roles in which he’s actually looked comfortable.

[Photo: “Falco – Verdammt, wir leben noch!”, MR Filmproduktion, 2008]

+ Trailer: Falco – Verdammt, wir leben noch! (
+ Trailer: Elegy (Yahoo)
+ Trailer: Religulous (Apple)
+ Trailer: Boy A (Apple)

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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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