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Trailering: “Thunder” goes meta.

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07092008_rainofmadness.jpgMeta-marketing: “Rain of Madness” is a purported documentary about the disastrous making of the movie they try to shoot in the upcoming comedy “Tropic Thunder”… got that? It’s a perfectly po-faced parody of “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse” and its behind-the-scenes brethren, claiming to document the cast and crew as they “attempted to make the most expensive war movie ever attempted… to make.” There’s a trailer here on iTunes, which notes the film’s presence at the non-existent Pennsylvania Dutch Film Festival and Bangkok Adolescent Film Festival, and an official site complete with a statement from “German born filmmaker Jan Jürgen,” who looks not unlike a “Fitzcarraldo”/”Burden of Dreams” era Werner Herzog, and who insists his film will offer “a raw, unedited, look behind the fetid flesh curtain known to you and me as simply ‘Hollywood.’ ”

“Hell Ride” actor/writer/director/producer Larry Bishop has become something of a Quentin Tarantino protégé — and Tarantino executive produced the film — so it’s no surprise that the trailer comes across as something between a slavish salute to the man and a near-parody. You can find it here.

I didn’t care for Courtney Hunt’s “Frozen River” when I saw it at Sundance, but plenty of others seem to, to my mild bewilderment. The film comes out August 1st; the trailer is here.

“Death Defying Acts” is the latest film from respected Australian director Gillian Anderson, and it’s about the trendy topic of vintage magicians, and it stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Guy Pearce. And yet I can’t recall hearing one peep about it, and it’s set to open this Friday. Not a sign of positive foreshadowing — still, you can see the trailer here. At least everyone looks pretty.

[Photo: “Rain of Madness” poster, “Tropic Thunder,” DreamWorks Distribution, 2008]

+ Trailer: “Rain of Madness” (iTunes)
+ Trailer: “Hell Ride” (
+ Trailer: “Frozen River” (Apple)
+ Trailer: “Death Defying Acts” (Moviefone)

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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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