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“Gentlemen Broncos” gets corralled.

“Gentlemen Broncos” gets corralled. (photo)

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Fox Searchlight has become to the ’00s what Miramax was to the ’90s: a company that gets known for putting out “niche” movies that aren’t honestly the toughest of sells. With the trifecta of “Napoleon Dynamite,” “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Juno,” they basically cracked open the window for the mainstreaming of Sundance quirk. But they’ve hit a wall this year, with the exception of “(500) Days of Summer”: “Amelia” is tanking, “Whip It!” collapsed down some hole and hardly anyone noticed that “Adam” came out. And now they’re canceling “Gentlemen Broncos”‘ national roll-out. The words “From the director of ‘Napoleon Dynamite'” apparently no longer carry the same weight they did — which, unless you’re the film’s main champion Richard Brody, probably won’t make much of a dent in your day.

CinemaBlend‘s Katey Rich suggests that, while “Broncos” was an unsalvageable stinker that should have opened wide to make as much cash as possible before the bad word-of-mouth caught up, “Whip It!” and “Adam” “deserved at least moderate-sized audiences.” Either way, she writes, this “is still the studio with the guts to make movies like 500 Days, and has any number of exciting projects coming up.”

C’mon now, “guts”? Next for the studio are “Just Wright,” a Queen Latifah romcom about a physical therapist falling in love with a pro basketball player; “Crazy Heart,” basically “A Star Is Born” done country music style with Colin Farrell; and “Rabbit Hole,” a play adaptation directed by John Cameron Mitchell and starring Nicole Kidman. These aren’t exactly “In the Realm of the Senses” — they’re mid-budget dramas with recognizable stars and subject matter that doesn’t push too hard. When Fox Searchlight starts throwing money at expensive follies like “Gangs of New York,” then we’ll talk guts.

[Photo: “Gentlemen Broncos,” Fox Searchlight, 2009]

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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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