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Venice 2008 lines up.

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07292008_thewrestler.jpgThe 65th Venice Film Festival announced its line-up today — among the juicy offerings are the new Darren Aronofsky film “The Wrestler,” with Mickey Rourke playing Randy “The Ram” Robinson, a retired pro wrestler struggling to get back into the ring; Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq drama “The Hurt Locker”; Takeshi Kitano’s comedy “Achilles and the Tortoise”; the new Miyazaki movie “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea,” which is already in theaters in Japan; Jia Zhang-ke cinematographer Nelson Yu Lik-wai’s São Paulo-set multi-ethnic thriller “Plastic City”; and Jonathan Demme’s “Rachel Getting Married,” in which Anne Hathaway plays a girl fresh out of rehab.

Premiering out of competition, as already announced, will be the Coen brothers “Burn After Reading,” along with Claire Denis’ “35 Rhums,” Abbas Kiarostami’s “Shirin” and Agnés Varda’s documentary “Les Plages d’Agnès.” “Chop Shop” director Ramin Bahrani’s “Goodbye Solo” and Ross McElwee’s “In Paraguay” will play in the sidebar.

Full competition line-up after the jump:

Darren Aronofsky: The Wrestler – USA, 105′
Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood

Guillermo Arriaga: The Burning Plain – USA, 147′
Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger, Joaquim de Almeida

Pupi Avati: Il papà di Giovanna – Italy, 104′
Silvio Orlando, Alba Rohrwacher, Francesca Neri, Ezio Greggio, Serena Grandi

Marco Bechis: BirdWatchers – Italy, 108′
Claudio Santamaria, Alicélia Batista Cabreira, Chiara Caselli, Abrisio Da Silva Pedro

Patrick Mario Bernard, Pierre Trividic: L’Autre – France, 97′
Dominique Blanc, Cyril Gueï, Peter Bonke, Christèle Tual

Kathryn Bigelow: The Hurt Locker – USA, 131′
Ralph Fiennes, Guy Pearce, David Morse, Jeremy Renner

Pappi Corsicato: Il seme della discordia – Italy, 85′
Caterina Murino, Alessandro Gassman, Martina Stella, Michele Venitucci, Isabella Ferrari

Jonathan Demme: Rachel Getting Married – USA, 116′
Anne Hathaway, Debra Winger, Rosemarie Dewitt, Bill Irwin, Tunde Adebimpe

Haile Gerima: Teza – Ethiopia / Germany / France, 140′
Aron Arefe, Abiye Tedla, Takelech Beyene

Aleksey German Jr.: Bumažnyj soldat (Paper Soldier) – Russia, 116′
Chulpan Khamatova, Merab Ninidze, Anastasya Shevelyova

Semih Kaplanoglu: Süt – Turkey / France / Germany, 102′
Melih Selcuk, Basak Koklukaya

Takeshi Kitano: Akires to kame (Achilles and the Tortoise) – Japan, 119′
Beat Takeshi, Kanako Higuchi, Yurei Yanagi, Kumiko Aso

Hayao Miyazaki: Gake no ue no Ponyo (Ponyo on Cliff by the Sea) – Japan, 101′

Amir Naderi: Vegas: Based on a True Story – USA, 102′
Mark Greenfield, Nancy La Scala, Zach Thomas

Mamoru Oshii: The Sky Crawlers – Japan, 122′

Ferzan Özpetek: Un giorno perfetto – Italy, 95′
Isabella Ferrari, Valerio Mastandrea, Valerio Binasco, Nicole Grimaudo, Stefania Sandrelli

Christian Petzold: Jerichow – Germany, 93′
Nina Hoss, Benno Fürmann, Hilmi Sözer

Barbet Schroeder: Inju, la Bête dans l’ombre – France, 105′
Magimel Benoît, Minamoto Lika, Shun Sugata, Maurice Bénichou, Ryo Ishibashi

Werner Schroeter: Nuit de chien – France / Germany / Portugal, 110′
Pascal Greggory, Bruno Todeschini, Amira Casar, Jean-François Stevenin

Tariq Teguia: Gabbla (Inland) – Algeria / France, 140′
Kader Affak, Ines Rose Djakou, Ahmed Benaïssa, Fethi Ghares, Kouider Medjahed, Djalila Kadi-Hanifi

YU Lik-wai: Dangkou (Plastic City) – Brazil / China / Hong Kong/China / Japan, 118′
Joe Odagiri, Anthony Wong, Huang Yi, Jeff Chen

[Photo: Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler,” Protozoa Pictures/Saturn Films, 2008]

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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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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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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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