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Tim Allen vs. bobblehead Satan.

Tim Allen vs. bobblehead Satan. (photo)

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This Friday marks the theatrical release of Tim Allen’s directorial debut “Crazy on the Outside.” My relationship with Allen is somewhat conflicted. As a ’90s kid, I have a soft spot for the undeniably mediocre “Home Improvement.” Ubiquity has its comforts, and I was precisely the right age for the equally humdrum “The Santa Clause.”

Much of Allen’s post-“Improvement” career has been a mess — remember “Joe Somebody” or “Christmas with the Kranks”? — but a moment of self-awareness and clarity came with his turn in David Mamet’s underseen “Redbelt.” In casting Tarantino couldn’t have bettered, Allen played a washed-up, bitter, alcoholic action star just financially secure enough to really flip out; unsurprisingly, he nailed it.

There’s no indication that “Crazy on the Outside” will be any good — the detailed synopsis I was sent by a publicist emphasizes jokes about pirate costumes and berets (LOL?) and informs me in closing that Allen’s “Tommy” “will discover that the only way to win is to be true to what’s inside you, especially when it’s…Crazy on the Outside.” Ray Liotta plays an evil genius of video piracy, and Tommy’s grandmother will only speak to him in French after she thinks he’s been to France the past three years, instead of prison.

01052010_bobbleheads1.jpgBut… I will admit, though my first inclination was to snicker at the accompanying faux-viral campaign about “unpaid extras” protesting the movie, I will collude with the publicity machine this time. Like the campaign for, say, “Cloverfield,” there seems to be more going on in the minds of the marketers of “Crazy on the Outside” than the makers.

What it consists of is a bunch of bobblehead dolls — all of whom have Twitter accounts — plotting their revenge against Tim Allen, who has apparently defrauded them of their rightful wages. After all, even Jeanne Tripplehorn is getting paid! “We’ll get our money from Tim Allen if my name isn’t El Diablo,” the Satan bobblehead swears. Soon the sumo wrestling dolls are twirling while chanting for Allen’s death and a goat is bleating and…well, okay.

Wish I knew who to credit with this progressively surreal endeavor. Part one’s below:

[Photos: “Crazy on the Outside,” Freestyle Releasing, 2010; “Tim Allen Scandal Part 3,” YouTube]

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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