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“It was huge in Russia.”

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07022008_barberofsiberia.jpgThe world in quotes:

“I definitely reached a point in my career where I felt confused about where I was going and felt somewhat stuck in rut. So I took a break, but [I] never did any sort of announcement about stopping or quitting and just sort of tried to keep doors open. I think I was somewhat creatively spent after a film that I did in Russia that took a year. It was never actually distributed here. It is called The Barber of Siberia, and it was huge in Russia. But I took a break to really try and throw the creative balls back up in the air, and try and find roles that were different for me in terms of coming back in. I fell in love and got married and had a kid, participated in setting up two different NGOs that deal with different things.”
       —Julia Ormond on where the hell she went, at Premiere.

“I’ll be honest, it’s all about selling. If I have Werner Herzog and Nic Cage and Eva Mendes, I can go to market and say, ‘Hey, Mr. German Guy, I know this is a dark movie, but you get Nic Cage and Werner Herzog and all I need from you is $2 million. When the German guy says yes–because it’s a good deal for him–then I go to the French guy and the Italian guy and the Japanese guy. They all say yes and if I add up the numbers and it’s more than the cost of the movie, with a little tax benefit from Louisiana, where we’re shooting, then I’m a happy guy. It’s as simple as that.”
       —Producer Avi Lerner on why he got involved with the “Bad Lieutenant” remake, at the LA Times.

You’re credited as one half of the first inter-racial screen kiss on US TV. Do you think that moment and indeed Star Trek as a series, helped to break taboos and bring down boundaries?
Yes, I do think Star Trek had influence in that area. It also apparently influenced a lot of people in making serious decisions about their lives.”
       —William Shatner takes questions from the crowd at BBC News.

“My aim was to have the audience ‘experience’ the protagonist’s internal confusion instead of the thrill or suspense on the exterior. We who were involved in the creation of this film called this feeling a sense of ‘intoxication’ or ‘drunkenness.'”
       —Satoshi Kon on his 1998 film “Perfect Blue,” at Kaiju Shakedown.

“I’m really pleased with the changes. There are so many comic book in-jokes in the book that wouldn’t make sense for a general audience. And I think having costumed characters that are unknown to the general public is a hard sell, especially when it’s an R-rated movie. Everyone knows who Spider-Man and Superman are. So it was a good idea to get rid of the costumes and just focus on the core story, which the director did. He actually shot scenes directly out of the book, from looking at the scenes that I drew.”
       —J.G. Jones, the artist who with writer Mark Millar created the graphic novel on which “Wanted” was sort of based, at the Chicago Tribune.

[Photo: Julia Ormond in “The Barber of Siberia,” Intermedia, 1998]

+ Phoenix Rising: Julia Ormond Returns (Premiere)
+ ‘Bad Lieutenant’ makes a comeback (LA Times)
+ William Shatner answers your questions (BBC News)
+ Satoshi Kon interview (Kaiju Shakedown)
+ Q&A: J.G. Jones (Chicago Tribune)

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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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