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“It was all in the script, and that is why Joan did the movie.”

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08212008_deathrace.jpgThe world in quotes:

“It was all in the script, and that is why Joan did the movie. She loved it. It’s Death Race, right? And Joan Allen, three-time Oscar nominee, The Notebook, The Upside of Anger: she is always seen as the moral center of films…And I thought how interesting to take someone who is usually the moral center of movies and make her the exact opposite. But I knew that if I am going to get Joan Allen in the movie I am going to have to write a fucking good role, because she is stepping outside of her comfort zone a little bit and doing something she has never done before. So I did a ton of research on prisons, prison governors, women in prison, and then we sent her the script. She really liked the script. I went and had a cup of tea with her in New York, and by the time we had finished, she had signed on to do the movie.”
         –Paul W.S. Anderson solves the mystery of how he got Joan Allen to star in “Death Race,” at Premiere.

“[L]et’s just say that, by the end, it was cleared out two-thirds. This is like an eighty-seat theater. It’s a small theater. And everybody in there is, as far as I can see, is the wealthy-wealthy Utah. You know, like, jade and leather, that cowboy wealthy. And so there’s a third left, and no applause, like absolutely no applause, and I go up there, and the first question is, ‘Why would you ever shoot in a place like that?’ “
         –Azazel Jacobs on one of the earliest screenings of his film “Momma’s Man,” shot in his childhood home, at Hammer to Nail.

“I love horses. I’ve learned from them. Just watch how a horse walks. It does it without self-consciousness. I’ve seen so much, so much human self-consciousness, since an early age, in this business of acting. In truth, actors are possibly the most self-conscious people on Earth.”
         –Christian Bale, equestrian, at the Japan Times.

“I had told Jeff Ayeroff at Warner Bros that I wanted the time on some project or another to do a big animated piece. He showed me Michael Patterson’s animation from a short film and gave me the a-ha track. I went away and, inspired by a comic book from my youth, wrote the idea about a girl entering the comic dimension. The image of the animated hand reaching out from the page was the first thought. It gave me goose bumps, which I knew at the time was a good sign.”
         –“Choking Man” director Steve Barron on the inspiration behind his revolutionary rotoscoped 1985 video for a-ha’s “Take on Me,” at the Hollywood Bitchslap.

“One of the things I like about the Judas Goat sequence was that I had the feeling–which might have been completely anthropomorphic–that when the Judas Goat turned left, and the lambs turned right [into the slaughterhouse], he looked very happy.”
         –Frederick Wiseman on “Meat,” Moving Image Source.

[Photo: Joan Allen in “Death Race,” Universal Pictures, 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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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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