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Old news: “Metropolis” found, Weinstein trash, “Ballast” solo.

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07072008_ballast.jpgBits and pieces from over the long weekend:

A 16mm copy of Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” retrieved from Buenos Aires contains missing scenes long thought lost. David Hudson at Greencine Daily has the full report, adding “Frankly, I’m beside myself.”

It’s a bold new era of journalism: Village Voice editor-in-chief Tony Ortega digs through Harvey Weinstein’s trash, and lo, a feature article is born. It’s a rare day when I find myself wanting to come to Harv’s defense.

“Ballast,” one of the best-reviewed films at Sundance this year, is taking the distribution road less traveled. Producer/writer/director Lance Hammer has pulled the film away from IFC Films in order to oversee putting it in theaters himself, Anthony Kaufman at indieWIRE takes a closer look and talks with Hammer: “The problem is the larger issue that’s plaguing every filmmaker right now: The distributors don’t really offer any money. That’s not that big of a deal if they would allow you to have control of your project, but they don’t.”

The Huey Lewis & The News title track for “Pineapple Express” is here and unbelievably 80slicious. Karina Longworth takes it as an opportunity to look back at 50 years of plot songs.

Rose McGowan and Robert Rodriguez are a couple no more, says the New York Post. “[S]ources say the couple, who we reported last October were engaged, have split, partly over the problems Rodriguez had finding financing for ‘Barbarella’ – the 1968 cult classic in which Jane Fonda played a sexy space adventuress – with McGowan in the title role.” Just another of the many breakups “Barbarella” has caused over the decades.

[Photo: “Ballast,” Alluvial Film Company, Required Viewing, 2008]

+ “Rediscovered”! Metropolis. (Greencine Daily)
+ Trash Talking With Harvey Weinstein (Village Voice)
+ “Ballast” Steadies Course Alone: Sundance Winner Chooses Self-Distribution (indieWIRE)
+ Pineapple Express Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (MySpace)
+ Pineapple Express and A Brief History Of Plot Songs (Spout)

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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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