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A Tale of Two Logos

A Tale of Two Logos (photo)

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The past two years have been filled with plenty of bad news for the indie film sector, so it was nice to see the introductions of two new companies over the weekend — first in the trailer for the Jamie Foxx-Gerard Butler thriller “Law Abiding Citizen,” the first film from Mark Gill’s Film Department, and then on the press notes for Jane Campion’s romantic drama “Bright Star,” the maiden voyage for Bob Berney’s Apparition.

Sure, they’re just logos, but they also mark the return of two of indie film’s smartest executives. Gill is the former head of Warner Independent who masterminded the release of “March of the Penguins” before leaving the company in 2006 to finance and produce mid-level films — you know, the kind Hollywood has all but abandoned — and sparked much debate when he gave his now-famous 2008 “The Sky is Falling” speech about the state of indie filmmaking. Berney is the esteemed former president of Picturehouse who turned “Pan’s Labyrinth” into a phenomenon and paved the way for “La Vie en Rose” star Marion Cotillard to win an Oscar, not to mention presiding over the record-breaking box office run of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” in 2002.

After the October 16th release of “Law Abiding Citizen,” The Film Department‘s circle F will next be seen attached to the Catherine Zeta-Jones/Justin Bartha romantic comedy “The Rebound” from “The Myth of Fingerprints”‘ director Bart Freundlich, followed by Keira Knightley drama “The Beautiful and the Damned” and 3-D thriller “The Peak” in 2010. Meanwhile, Apparition and its reflected font are getting off to a fast start with release of “Bright Star” on September 18th, followed by the Emily Blunt costume drama “The Young Victoria” and Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” with Sean Penn and Brad Pitt before year’s end.

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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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