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The film critic versus the news anchor.

The film critic versus the news anchor. (photo)

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New York Film Critics Circle chairman and everyone’s favorite contrarian Armond White is no stranger to feuds, but his latest deserves special mention. Yes, we’ve now all lived long enough to see a spat between White and MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, which seems as even a match as ever was.

The New York Film Critics Circle awards took place Monday night, and all press eyes were, natch, on George Clooney, in attendance with current girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis. Clooney gave an excellent acceptance speech for his Best Actor honor (for both “Up In The Air” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox”) which eventually descended into a long, richly deserved harangue against Rex Reed (“”It is a high-water mark for me tonight, because of all the films that I have starred in, this is the first film that your colleague, Rex Reed, hasn’t said that I suck. Where is he?”)

Funny, but not as awesome as Jeffrey Wells’ scoop Hollywood Elsewhere. Wells reports that Olbermann was originally slated to present the Best Original Screenplay award for “In The Loop” (a decidedly left-wing satire totally up Olbermann’s alley), only to have Chairman White decide all awards should be presented by past honorees. Olbermann was out and offended, though he refrained from deeming White his “Worst Person In The World” for the day.

Given White’s neocon leanings and Olbermann’s being essentially a caricature of the opposite end of the political scale, it’s hard not to speculate that White simply didn’t want Olbermann at his show. And even if that’s totally ill-informed, it’s still fun to dream of a world in which Armond briefly breaks into the cast of characters kicked around by the political blogosphere, his profile elevated by this dust-up.

[Photo: Ben Affleck as “Keith Olbermann” on “Saturday Night Live,” Nov. 1 2008, NBC Universal Television]

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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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