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The week on In praise of b-movie leads; “Lost”‘s Ken Leung.

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08272008_kenleung1.jpgA round-up of what’s been happening on the rest of

      + List: If the Slipper Fits… Five Cinderella Reinventions – Matt Singer on five more unconventional takes on the Cinderella story, from Leonardo da Vinci as the fairy godmother to a cell phone filling in for a lost slipper.

      + Interview: Ken Leung on “Year of the Fish” – The New York actor best known for his role on “Lost” talks about superstition, his Chinatown childhood, being an Asian-American actor and his new film “Year of the Fish.”

      + Video: Impact Film Festival at the DNC – IFC’s political correspondents check in with filmmakers Stuart Townsend (there with “Battle in Seattle”), Stefan Forbes (“Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story”) and the director of the Impact Film Festival, which has just wrapped in Denver and now heads to St. Paul for the RNC.

      + On DVD: “Please Vote for Me,” “Primo Levi’s Journey” – Michael Atkinson on Weijun Chen’s documentary on a Chinese third-grade election (“there may not be a more potent new film to see this election year”) and Davide Ferrario’s cinematic tracking of Primo Levi’s route upon being released from Auschwitz in 1945.

      + IFC News Podcast #91: A Salute to Manny Farber and Termite Actors – Taking a cue from both late critic Manny Farber’s idea of termite art and from the movie doldrums of late August, Matt Singer and I pay our respects to our favorite working leads in good-bad films.

      + Opening This Week: Vin Diesel saves the world, Takashi Miike goes west – Neil Pedley rounds up what’s new in theaters.

Rooftop shorts online: “A Loud Color”, Brent Joseph’s documentary portrait of a New Orleans man returning to rebuild the community center he opened one month before Hurricane Katrina struck. and “The Braggart,” David Andalman’s drama starring “The Legend of Lucy Keyes”‘s Anna Friedman as a girl who brags to get attention, only to find that when it matters most, no one believes her.

[Photo: Ken Leung – “Year of the Fish,” Gigantic Releasing, 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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