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Watching “The Women.”

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06032008_thewomen.jpgAfter a certain film I’d prefer to leave unnamed — let’s call it, oh, “Intercourse and the Municipality” — managed an unexpectedly massive opening weekend at the box office, journalists are turning their eyes to another female-centric film on the horizon. Diane English’s “The Women,” a remake of George Cukor’s classic 1939 film starring Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell and bared claws, may also be, well, about women, but doesn’t seem ready to bear up under such close scrutiny. English, a writer and executive producer of “Murphy Brown,” is making her directorial debut with the film, which proffers Meg Ryan (ook), Eva Mendes (ack) and Annette Bening (okay, not so bad) in the Shearer, Crawford and Russell roles.

At Deadline Hollywood, Nikki Finke complains that the film is going to be given a small release from Picturehouse (which is shutting down): “I say Diane should be kicking up a big fat fuss right now for a major and wide release. After all, even if the movie is no good, its marketing campaign could be fabulous not to mention obvious: ‘If you loved [Intercourse and the Municipality], then you need to see The Women that started it all.’ ” David Poland at The Hot Blog fires back “[D]oes Nikki have the slightest idea of how clearly The Women is damaged goods already? If Bob Berney – not Jeff Robinov – thought there was money in the movie, he would never have dumped it on September 12 in the first place… never mind the internal discussion that already happened about what the film is and what it is not.”

The trailer went up today — you can see it here. And here are highlights from the original: “Say, can you beat him? He almost stood me up for his wife.”

[Photo: Diane English’s “The Women,” Picturehouse Entertainment, 2008]

+ UPDATED: Why Won’t Warner Embrace ‘The Women’? Or Will It? And What Other Female Film Isn’t Getting Love There? (Deadline Hollywood)
+ Ignorance = Bliss (Hot Blog)
+ Trailer: The Women (Yahoo)
+ The Women – Witty Moments (YouTube)

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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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