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Hollywood’s Greatest Year: 1939

Hollywood’s Greatest Year: 1939 (photo)

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The Academy’s celebratory event for “Hollywood’s Greatest Year” caught my attention ’cause I couldn’t believe they were more jaded about Hollywood than I am. 1939 was the shit huh? What do these imperious folk think about the past 70 years of Hollywood pictures? I’d probably pick 1982 if I had to grab a year outta the air, I mean just look at it:

“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial”
“Star Trek: The Wrath Of Kahn”
“An Officer and a Gentleman”
“First Blood”
“Conan The Barbarian”
…even “Tootsie”

What a tough year.

But anyway the Academy says its 1939, and when I think of the refuse that brings in big box office numbers, and producer/directors known by one word show names that sound like they were plucked from a turd burger wrapper from a fast food toilet, I’m inclined to just go along with their hyperbolic nostalgia. The event is a series of theatrical screenings of all the best picture nominees from 1939, which indeed was a ground breaking year for music in film, sound technology having made significant leaps (along with technicolor) since it’s warbled beginnings the decade prior.

Robert Osborne hosts the event at Academy Theater in NY beginning this weekend Sat June 20th with “Gone with the Wind” and ends Monday, October 12 with a screening of “The Wizard of Oz.” Check him out chatting with WNYC’s Leonard Lopate about the year WWII kicked off, and how the music of “Gone with the Wind” makes him want to fight the Civil War all over again.

“Gone With the Wind” – main title, “Tara’s theme”

“The Wizard of Oz” – “Over the Rainbow”

All screenings are archival prints and will be preceded by both an animated short and an episode of the 1939 serial “Buck Rogers.”
Detailed info here.

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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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