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08122008_fasterpussycat.jpgI’m catching up from a few days off the grid, so it’s still news to me that the Telegraph reported last week that Britney Spears may or may not have been picked by Quentin Tarantino to play Varla in a remake of the Russ Meyer’s 1965 “Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!” that may or may not be happening:

A source said: “Quentin is convinced Britney will be brilliant. She’s delighted. She thinks it could turn her career around. It is perfect Tarantino material. He wanted to get Britney first. She’s playing the most important character.”

The story seems a little unlikely, and not just because various reps and sources have been denying everything to Access Hollywood — such stunt casting seems ghoulish even for QT, whose fondness for dusting off long-shelved film icons wouldn’t, you’d think, extend to having a fallen pop star now mostly known for tragic tabloid antics attempt to camp things up on screen. Tarantino-related casting that has been confirmed, from the Hollywood Reporter: Brad Pitt, who’ll play the head of the Jewish resistance in “Inglorious Bastards,” with Simon Pegg, David Krumholtz and Nastassja Kinski in various talks for other roles. Plus “B.J. Novak and Eli Roth are in talks to play soldiers in Pitt’s rogue army.”

Elsewhere, director Jack Hill, of “Switchblade Sisters,” “Coffy,” “Foxy Brown” and beyond, responds to an article from Noah Berlatsky in the latest issue of Bright Lights Film Journal at the journal’s blog:

Re: Switchblade Sisters: About the rape scene: It was patterned specifically on a similar situation and actual scene in The Fountainhead (both book and movie), which as I’m sure you know was written by a rabid radical conservative woman (as a kind of personal in-joke). I rest my case.

[Photo: Tura Satana as Varla in “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!,” Eve Productions, 1965]

+ Britney Spears to play lesbian killer in Quentin Tarantino film (Telegraph)
+ Britney Rep: Singer Not Playing Killer Lesbian Stripper In Film (Access Hollywood)
+ Brad Pitt, Simon Pegg hang with ‘Bastards’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Jack Hill Speaks (Bright Lights After Dark)

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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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