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Brittany Murphy, Interrupted

Brittany Murphy, Interrupted (photo)

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I have been awake for over 30 hours, having tried what should have been a simple preemptive Christmas flight that instead left me re-routed, then stranded in Indianapolis, then stranded in Orlando, neither of which I intended to go to in the first place. At one of these dreary, fluorescent-lit airport trysts, I met a girl bound for Milwaukee who was a dead ringer for (brunette) Brittany Murphy. That vibrant, scene stealing Brittany Murphy we all love from the likes of “8 mile” or “The Dead Girl.”

We talked for a while about how jacked we both were and she offered some cheery advice about surviving the night in the purgatory in which we found ourselves amid the occasional shouting match and two fire alarms. I turned to talk to someone else and when I looked back a minute later she was gone. I didn’t see her again. I didn’t know while this was going on that the real Brittany Murphy had died (if I had I probably would have just creeped her out by bringing it up). I only ever think about Brittany Murphy, look alikes and apparitions aside, when I’m hankering for eat-in chicken – which is actually quite often. That’s my favorite Murphy character, the damaged, chicken obsessed Daisy, in “Girl, Interrupted.” She’s down in “Clueless” too, rollin’ with the homies, who’d have thought that chick would blossom into such a doll?

Murphy’s star was one that has gone neglected of late. She had branched out in recent years in some aspects though, performing songs for “Happy Feet” including Freddie Mercury’s “Somebody To Love.” Less thrilling to me is her collaboration with Paul Oakenfold for “Faster Kill Pussycat.” But she was clearly proving that she was an adorable triple threat… here she is, in undies, singing “Nobody Does It Better” (from ’04’s “Little Black Book”).

MTV has the scoop on her announced and unfinished films, but I doubt any of them were truly on par with her talents.

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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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