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Palisades pledges to remain extremely Extreme.

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07312008_oldboy.jpgEveryone’s been eyeing Palisades Media since the company bought up the defunct Tartan’s highly covetable UK and US film libraries and proclaimed they’d keep right on acquiring and distributing films (on DVD, with the possibility of occasional theatrical releases) in the Tartan tradition.

Why would a print and advertising financing firm get into indie film distribution right around the time that everyone else is fleeing the industry like it’s a loft party that’s out of liquor? It seems, mostly, because they were Tartan’s major US creditor and foreclosed on their assets. Grady Hendrix at Kaiju Shakedown tries to get clarification from Palisades CEO Vin Roberti on the company’s plans for the future. A few highlights:

Will you be keeping the Asian Extreme line?

Will we be keeping it? We’re looking to grow it to a 2000 title library by 2010.

Are you worried about the state of the home video market? It’s not doing well, it’s glutted and too many companies are fighting over shelf space. Why get into this market now?

Home video sales are down 3.5% – personally I’d love it if the real estate market was only down by that much. We’ve got a 24-picture slate coming out that will be announced in the next week or two. But most importantly, at the end of the day there will be a change of the delivery system. Not this year, but in the next several years there will be a change in the delivery system. I don’t mean people will stop buying DVDs or Blu-Ray or hard products but an additional system will come out and at some point it will become apparent to everyone that it actually works. It’s coming. When that comes, whoever is sitting on quality titles will do extraordinarily well. We will be in that position in a way no one else can be in the Asian Extreme market and the European arthouse market. We will be in those markets better than anyone. Those are our two markets: Asia and European arthouse.

“[W]e want the consumer to get a quality product. And beyond that, who cares?” he finishes. Okay then.

[Photo: Extreme! “Oldboy,” Tartan USA, 2003]

+ Palisades Tartan interview (Kaiju Shakedown)

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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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