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When ticket price complaints lose their sting.

When ticket price complaints lose their sting. (photo)

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If you feel in need of perspective amidst all the recent film industry panic, just turn to Pakistan. Local reporter Shaheen Buneri notes that Swat valley in northwest Pakistan will be reopening one of its two theaters after three years. And why were they closed for that long? Because the government was fighting off Taliban militants. So there.

Northwest Pakistan, which is close to Afghanistan, is one of those areas where the war on terror never ends — which would seemingly make the screening of movies a low priority. But never underestimate people’s hunger for entertainment. “Today I am planning to watch the movie on the big screen. I am so excited,” said one Abdullah; any additional quotes he had about being able to return to his village thanks to security forces aren’t included. The theater’s got its problems — “routes to the upper Swat valley and adjoining districts are still under lengthy spells of curfews,” one of the employees says — but the fact that it’s open at all is remarkable.

The Swat theater is screening local Pashto films, which is even more remarkable given that the Lollywood industry, based in Lahore, can’t keep it together. According to an acid-tongued report in Pakistan’s The Nation by Jam Sajjad Hussain, “As the film industry has failed miserably to produce quality movies after becoming more or less impotent, cinemas are all set to screen Indian and American movies on upcoming Eid,” a “recent but sad ritual.”

[Photo: “Kambakht Ishq,” a Bollywood movie (featuring, yes, a cameo from Sylvester Stallone) currently doing big business in Pakistan]

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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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