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August is finally over, and other bits and pieces.

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09022008_college.jpgAugust, it’s been real. Jim Ridley on “Disaster Movie” at the Village Voice: “Best text message sent from my screening (it wasn’t me, but I certainly sympathized): ‘I want to die.’ ” But he’s outdone by Nick Pinkerton, reviewing “College” at the same publication: “Nearly justifies traveling back in time to pre-emptively kill Edison, Muybridge, and the Lumière brothers.”

Steven Zeitchik at the Hollywood Reporter‘s Risky Biz blog suggests that if you want to see Adria Petty’s Paris Hilton documentary “Paris, Not France,” its Toronto premiere may be the only place to do it before the film is swallowed by litigation threats from its displeased subject: “And so the movie, while putatively handled by William Morris (who reps Petty) isn’t actually being sold at the festival; costs from the legal wrangling simply wouldn’t be worth the financial upside for a buyer. Which means that like Soderbergh’s Che at Cannes, you may never get a chance to see it this way again.”

“The Brothers Bloom” director Rian Johnson addresses the fact that his film, also slated to premiere at Toronto, has had its released date pushed to January, with an awards consideration limited release December 19th:

There were a few reasons for the move: October and November are crowded as hell, it’s a tough tough market, especially for a smart unique film like ours, and we’d have a week or two at the most to sink or swim. Whereas concentrating on a couple markets for awards consideration in December, then pushing the wide in the more open January slot just seemed like a better use of resources. Mostly though, what convinced me it was a good idea was that it gives us more time to get more awareness of the movie out there. There are alot of films competing for attention, the more time I have to travel around to film festivals, do interviews, show and talk about the film, the better.

German actress Diane Kruger will play a German actress in Tarantino’s “Inglorious Bastards,” a role that was apparently first intended for Nastassja Kinski, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Helen Mirren continues to look great in a bikini and to give good quote — via the AP:

I loved coke. I never did a lot, just a little bit at parties. But what ended it for me was when they caught (Nazi war criminal) Klaus Barbie, the Butcher of Lyon, in the early 80s. He was hiding in South America and living off the proceeds of being a cocaine baron. And I read that in the paper, and all the cards fell into place, and I saw how my little sniff of cocaine at a party had an absolute direct route to this … horrible man in South America.

[Photo: “College,” MGM, 2008]

+ Disaster Movie (Village Voice)
+ College (Village Voice)
+ Paris Hilton: I Kind of Prefer Wiseman’s Verite Work (Hollywood Reporter)
+ new: Jan 16th wide release for Brothers Bloom (
+ Tarantino gets his German girl (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Actress Helen Mirren: I used to ‘love’ cocaine (AP)

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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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