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Rourke roars.

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09082008_thewrestler.jpgDarren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler,” with Mickey Rourke starring as former pro Randy “The Ram” Robinson, is shaping up to be the film of the fall, having just won the Golden Lion for best film at Venice. The Silver Lion, for best director, went to Aleksey German Jr. for “Bumažnyj Soldat” (Paper Soldier) — the complete list of awards is here.

“The Wrestler”‘s still without distribution, but that should change in the next day or two at Toronto — Steven Zeitchik and Borys Kit at the Hollywood Reporter have been monitoring the sales talk, and note that as of this morning, “Negotiations continue between CAA and potential distribs, with the newly revived Senator thought to be joining Overture and Searchlight in the bid to pick up the film. A deal could come as early as Monday afternoon.” UPDATE: Anne Thompson at Variety reports that Fox Searchlight has snagged the film for $4 million.

Incidentally, Aronofsky’s been keeping up a not terribly revealing blog here; in his latest update, from Saturday, he writes “today i finally get some rest. it’s been a crazy few days filled with press and screenings. folks seem very supportive. mickey and evan are here and it’s been a thrill showing them off.”

You can get a glimpse of some footage from the film in this Italian news report from Venice. The early reviews have been good and Rourke-centric, with Todd McCarthy at Variety raving that the actor “creates a galvanizing, humorous, deeply moving portrait that instantly takes its place among the great, iconic screen performances,” and Fionnuala Halligan at Screen International adding “rarely, after all, has a star been so perfectly matched to a role.” Stephen Farber at the Hollywood Reporter is a bit more subdued, writing that “Although the film teeters on the brink of sentimentality, it never topples into the slush, and this is a tribute to the rigorous direction as well as the astringent performances.”

[Photo: “The Wrestler,” Protozoa Pictures, 2008]

+ Official Venezia 65 Awards (
+ ‘Wrestler’ interest high in Toronto (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Fox Searchlight pins ‘Wrestler’ (Variety)
+ VENICE (Darren Aronofsky’s Blog)
+ Venezia65 (YouTube)
+ The Wrestler (Variety)
+ Film Review: The Wrestler (Hollywood Reporter)
+ The Wrestler (Screen International)

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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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