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“When You’re Strange,” The Doors, Johnny Depp and Tom DiCillo.

“When You’re Strange,” The Doors, Johnny Depp and Tom DiCillo. (photo)

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The Doors documentary, “When You’re Strange,” was recently revived when the narration was given to an enthusiastic Johnny Depp to deliver. The doc’s director, Tom DiCillo, (“Delirious,” “Johnny Suede”) gave the original narration. It may seem insignificant, but Johnny made some tonal changes including using first names, where DiCillo’s prior narration, which was universally described as disastrous, distantly referred to the subject’s as Morrison, Manzarek, etc.

In contrast, Johnny seems to have thrown his voice into the project with a kind of kindred spirit which is apparent in the comments he’s made about the film – “When You’re Strange is a meticulously crafted, exhilarating ode to one of music’s greatest ensembles. Watching the hypnotic, hitherto unreleased footage of Jim, John, Ray, and Robby, I felt like I experienced it all through their eyes. Here, Jim has been resurrected to remind us that he is, to this very day, one of the most significant frontmen/poets/shaman to ever grace a stage while the band behind him kept the music alive, adding fuel to an already raging ride into history.”

The “hitherto unreleased footage” he refers to is all authentic 35mm from the 60’s and early 70’s when The Doors had fellow UCLA film students rolling around with them. From what I gather the footage that makes up “When You’re Strange,” is pieced together from both performances and candid off stage bits filmed by their filmmaker pals, along with material from two films that The Doors had worked on – one titled “HWY” based on a script penned by Morrison called The Hitchhiker and a documentary called “Feast of Friends” that was never completed.

Producer Dick Wolf (yeah the “Law and Order” guy) commented on the ironic trouble they has using only this authentic footage: “That was one of the biggest problems at Sundance. A distributor marched out 10 minutes into the film, outraged because, he said, “These are reenactments. That’s not Jim Morrison in the opening,” …the picture with the beard. There is not one foot of film in this picture that was not shot between 1965 and ’71. And it was very confusing. It was one of the things that there were endless discussions on, “How do we educate the people that that is really Jim Morrison and it was shot then?” Because nobody’s seen that film.”

[From Pop Culture Zoo]

The film is now slated for an April release followed by an airing in May on PBS’ American Masters.

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Rev Up

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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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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