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Odds: “Film is a lying media.”

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08152008_wernerherzog.jpgWerner Herzog could have a solid side career doing Q&As — we certainly tried our hardest to get him to sit down with Guy Maddin back in June, but their schedules couldn’t quite work. At Esquire, Stephen Garrett moderates a conversation between the director and his longtime friend, the subject of “Man on Wire,” tightrope artist Philippe Petit:

PP: Do you remember the first films you saw?

WH: Yes–both of them bad and disappointing. One was about Eskimos building an igloo, and they did a lousy job. And I could tell right away because I had grown up in the Alps. It didn’t impress me at all.

PP: Film is a lying media.

Hou Hsiao-hsien (!) is making a big-budget martial arts epic — “The Assassin” will reunite “Three Times”‘s lovers Shu Qi and Chang Chen. [Variety] And Quentin Tarantino has added Mike Myers (!!) to the cast of “Inglorious Bastards” — he’ll play British General Ed Fenech, “a military mastermind who takes part in hatching a plot to wipe out Nazi leaders.” [Variety]

So, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” has been bumped to summer of next year. Alas, Entertainment Weekly already put the film on its fall preview. At the magazine’s blog, Sean Smith expresses mild displeasure: “In an irony sure to set blogger hearts beating giddily, the film graces the cover of EW’s new fall preview issue, which hits stands today. EW and Warner Bros. share a parent company, but they clearly do not share, you know, important friggin’ information.” Well, I wouldn’t say my heart is racing, but what the heck: Hee.

Sylvia Adcock at the LA Times checks in on University of North Carolina School of the Arts, creative spawning ground of David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and, more recently, Aaron Katz.

Has the AFI Catalog ground to a halt? Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood Daily has posted an email stating “the AFI laid off nearly all of the staff, leaving only two full-time cataloguers and the Executive Editor.”

[Photo: “Encounters at the End of the World,” THINKFilm, 2008]

+ Werner Herzog Walks the Rope (Esquire)
+ Hou’s ‘Assassin’ secures funds (Variety)
+ Mike Myers enlists in ‘Bastards’ (Variety)
+ NEWS FLASH: ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ Bumped to Summer 2009 (Entertainment Weekly)
+ A North Carolina film program’s distinctive voice (LA Times)
+ AFI Film Catalog Project Delayed: Why? (Deadline Hollywood Daily)

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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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