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Mankiewicz and Lyons at the movies.

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07222008_atthemovies.jpgWell, if there’s ever been a sign of the general decline in estimation of film critics, it’s that the new hosts of ABC’s review show “At the Movies,” from which Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper bailed in the past two days, are just that — professional TV hosts. Ben Mankiewicz, late of the Air America talk radio show “The Young Turks” and Turner Classic Movies, will be joined by Ben Lyons, who’s the son of WNBC’s on-air critic Jeffrey Lyons, serves as E!’s “film expert,” and supposedly once dated one of the girls on “The Hills.” Variety‘s Anne Thompson reports, with impressive deadpan: “Lyons co-hosts ‘Reel Talk’ with his father, WNBC film critic Jeffrey Lyons, and has covered various red-carpet events for E! Last year, he hailed ‘I Am Legend’ as ‘one of the greatest movies ever made.’ “

At her blog, Thompson notes that “I have never seen either of these guys. But the hue and cry is going to be fun to watch. The older target demo for Ebert and Roeper will protest. And the younger demo probably doesn’t care!” I’m unsure what TV demo I fall into these days, but I can’t imagine this new format will be anything more than a neutered, all-positive all the time package formulated to be gentlest on potential studio advertisers — which would make it not a review show at all. The new season starts September 6th.

[Photo: Ben Mankiewicz, courtesy of TCM; Ben Lyons, courtesy of E!]

+ Lyons, Mankiewicz to host ‘Movies’ (Variety)
+ Lyons and Mankiewicz To Replace Ebert and Roeper (Thompson on Hollywood)

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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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