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A few of Quentin’s favorite things.

A few of Quentin’s favorite things. (photo)

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So far over this press tour, we’ve learned about his 20 favorite recent films (including Woody Allen’s “Anything Else”!) and 20 favorite movie posters, but Quentin Tarantino still saved plenty of his top fetishes for the film itself, finding unexpected ways to insert Samuel L. Jackson’s baritone narration and linger on Diane Kruger’s feet.

There’s another notable nod in “Inglourious Basterds” that’s been less discussed: the one to Rod Taylor and his 1968 war film “Dark of the Sun,” rechristened “The Mercenaries” in the U.S.

Directed by legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff, “Dark of the Sun” is one of those burly “men-on-a-mission” movies that teamed “The Birds” star Taylor with Jim Brown to protect the residents of a Congolese town and collect the region’s valuable supply of diamonds. Tongues were already wagging about what impact the film would have on Tarantino’s WWII epic when it played at the QT Fest in Austin in… 2001. (Four years later, Tarantino would show 1959’s “Four Desperate Men” starring Aldo Ray, whose name has been reworked into the name of Brad Pitt’s character.)

The answer’s turned out to be somewhat little in terms of content — though Eli Roth told HitFix that “Basterds”‘ machine gun finale was inspired by the one in “Dark of the Sun,” which is far more action-packed, with a climactic fight sequence that needs to be seen to be believed (it was critically dinged at the time for violence and, hey, stretching history). “Inglourious Basterds” does steal two things wholesale, “Sun”‘s theme for its soundtrack and Taylor to play Winston Churchill during a scene where the British discuss a plan to help the Americans. Michael Fassbender reports that working with Taylor was one of the highlights of his experience, saying, “[Taylor]’s such a beautiful man, just so sweet and generous and it was just a real privilege and honor to be in a scene with him.” It’s probably safe to say the honor was all Quentin’s.

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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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