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Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart, T-Bone Burnett

Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart, T-Bone Burnett (photo)

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Jeff Bridges, one of the finest American actors of all time, will star as an old school country singer in “Crazy Heart” based on the book of the same title. When I first caught wind of this musically inclined project I thought it was more along the lines of this, and I’d trade all the liquor soaked cowboy hats in the world to make it so.

Still, there’s much to look forward too with the film as is. Colin Farrell co-stars and though he clearly had his beginnings as a dbag, somewhere between playing a gay ancient Greek womanizer, and a really hopeless hitman, he found his voice. Maggie Gyllenhaal who was terribly miscast in “The Dark Knight,” will probably turn in something great here. I ran into her once when I ducked into a cafe in Manhattan during a rainstorm, cursing to myself and wringing out my drenched shirt. It was a white linen shirt, so it was completely see through and queerly suctioned onto my body when I turned to regard the woman, Gyllenhaal, sheltering near me. I felt really vulgar and naked and said nothing, but just dripped there for a moment and then ordered an espresso. The great and out of control, Robert Duvall also stars.

Furthermore, there’s hope for the music with songwriter and record producer T-Bone Burnett doing the score. Burnett also scored “Walk the Line” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” While I consider myself a country music fan in the old Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers and the First Edition/Waylon and Willie sense, I can’t stand modern country. I think T-Bone Burnett understands the difference and there will be something about this soundtrack worth a wink and a tip of your hat.

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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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