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“I knew then that the SOB was going to be a ‘star.’ “

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08262008_williamshatner.jpgThe world in quotes:

“I knew then that the SOB was going to be a ‘star,’ “
         –Christopher Plummer’s thoughts (and judicious use of quotation marks) on having to give understudy William Shatner a chance at his role in a 1956 stage production of “Henry V,” after a one-night stand dislodged a kidney stone and put him in surgery, at Page Six.

“The event for London could never have the same political clout as Beijing; we should find a way to be self-advertising. Considering the British traditions of free speech and the individual, and the British suspicion of organised crowds, we would want to avoid the Leni Riefenstahl connotations which were there in Beijing. And the ceremony was too long.”
         –Peter Greenaway on how London should handle its Olympic opening ceremony, at the Telegraph.

“I’m very unhappy with the film. I never had a chance to do one scene the way it was written or the way I wanted it to be. The script wasn’t respected. Bad producers, bad partners, it was a terrible experience.”
         –Mathieu Kassovitz (who, we must always remind you, once directed “La Haine”) tries to distance himself from “Babylon A.D.,” at AMCTV.

“I take things that come my way. When I go do acting jobs, I really miss standup, and when I’m on the road for a while, I need to go act. If I’m in an Ashton Kutcher movie here and there, I know it’s really against my style, but I’m not so elitist. One day I hope to be that, don’t get me wrong; I’d love to be so snobby.”
         –Zach Galifianakis on choosing roles, at Paste.

“I didn’t want to [see those parallels] because of how I felt politically, but I couldn’t help it. I was reading these books about W., and I took out a pen to record the similarities between me and him: He and his father, he and his mother–I grew up with a very strong mother, too. But professionally, I was never embittered by the whole process like he was.”
         –Josh Brolin on, like the character he plays in “W.”, having a famous dad, at New York.

“You’re black with a British accent, and they’re like [he makes a face] ‘Say that again?’… I was trying so hard to desperately pretend that I was American. I just walked around all day practising my accent and seeing if I could fool people, like bus drivers.”
         –Idris Elba on moving to America, at the London Times.

[Photo: William Shatner in “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous,” Warner Bros. Pictures, 2005]

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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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