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Unlikely Activist Success Stories, Pt. 2: LACMA lives.

Unlikely Activist Success Stories, Pt. 2: LACMA lives. (photo)

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I’m really impressed by how consistently the Los Angeles Times has thrown itself into the battle to preserve LACMA’s repertory film program. Things have moved with surprising swiftness since the museum announced the shuttering of their repertory program for financial reasons. Enough money’s been ponied up to keep the program running through next summer, and now the museum is reversing course in a major way. LACMA director Michael Govan is going to keep the program after all — as long as he can raise five to six million dollars in the next year. If not…no promises.

I don’t really trust Govan’s ultimate motives — the fact that he made a move so bold as to try to shut the program down in the first place is a bad indicator — but it’s by no means a bad idea to try to set up an endowment for the film department that would place it on the same financial playing field as the rest of the museum. But it’s worth singing the praises of the Times, which has been surprisingly driven and activist in its coverage for a paper that generally provides the most industry-driven, “what’s good for Hollywood is good for America”-type journalism, exemplified by Patrick Goldstein’s The Big Picture blog.

But the Times has kept pushing this into people’s minds even when there’s no real news to speak of: yesterday, they reported what there was to report and compiled a very nice tribute from nine directors on how screenings at the museum’s Bing Theater shaped their cinematic consciousness. It’s a shockingly wide swath of people — not just the usual L.A. film suspects like Joe Dante, but even Bertrand Tavernier piping in from France and the venerable Roger Corman, and yet another valuable contribution to what’s become the most prominent discussion about the importance of American film repertory theaters in years. Keep it up please.

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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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