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MC Joaquin Phoenix

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Late last year, Oscar-nominated actor, Joaquin Phoenix, announced his retirement from acting, setting his sights on a career in music.

After engulfing himself in all things Johnny Cash for his role in Walk The Line, the move to music seemed to make good–although not perfectly good–sense. Keep in mind Phoenix performed all his songs in Walk The Line (no lip syncing) and won a Grammy Award for his work on the film’s soundtrack. No stranger to the music industry, Phoenix has also directed various music videos, crafting clips for acts She Wants Revenge, Albert Hammond, Jr., and Silversun Pickups.

Last May it was reported that Phoenix had been recording original songs with members of both Spacehog and The Charlatans UK. Months later, when Phoenix announced that he was giving up acting for music, most–including myself–thought his new career path would find him on the other end of an acoustic guitar performing indie-minded rock tunes. We couldn’t have been more off.

This past weekend, Phoenix performed at Lavo night club in Las Vegas to begin his rap career. Yes, rap (calling it “hip-hop” may be a tad disrespectful to the culture).

Phoenix, who usually always delivers the goods no matter what endeavor, came off like a really bad karaoke performer. Because his brother-in-law Casey Affleck was on hand documenting the occasion, one can only hope we are all in on a big joke that will reveal itself one day. If not, the Insane Clown Posse may have found themselves a new opening act.

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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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