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Bill Murray and Robert Duvall, Honorary Texans

Bill Murray and Robert Duvall, Honorary Texans (photo)

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“There’s a couple of you I’d like to touch, but most of you, I’ll be hilarious with,” Bill Murray said in response to a question about how he found the tonal balance between touching and hilarious in “Get Low,” the period dramedy that premiered in Austin Wednesday night. Even before he walked on stage, Murray was cracking the audience up, urging the film’s soft-spoken director Aaron Schneider to project more during his introduction, which led Schneider to remark “There’s this idea that I directed these actors…,” looking over at Murray and co-stars Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek. Moments later, Duvall called on the audience for a hearty amen, which he received; Murray’s call for a fight on St. Patrick’s Day was less successful, though he did take a moment to tell the crowd sincerely, “you’re all very lucky to be here tonight.”

The film, which stars Duvall as a societal outcast in 1930s Tennessee inspired to stage his own funeral while he’s still alive with the help of a funeral director (Murray) and his assistant (Lucas Black), played to an enthusiastic response and a standing ovation for Duvall when he came out for the post-screening Q & A. Nearly all the questions revolved around just how a first-time director like Schneider was able to collect such an impressive cast — when one audience member asked him how lucky he felt, Murray chimed in, “We were saying that a lot. We were telling him how lucky he was.”

It was just one of many breaks for the $7.5 million film that Schneider had to edit in his house since he couldn’t afford an editing bay. Screenwriter Chris Provenzano said the basis for the story came from his own family tree from a relative who set up his own wake several generations before and once the production starting gaining momentum, Schneider felt particularly lucky to find a Civil War Park Preserve in Georgia to play the role of Duvall’s recluse Felix Bush’s 300-acre estate.

Spacek declared early that “I think we should call Bill and Robert honorary Texans,” a sentiment echoed at the end of the evening by Murray. “Austin’s not a safe town for people like us,” he said, pausing for the irony to settle in. “But for two or three hours, we can come here and feel safe.”

[Photo: “Get Low,” Sony Pictures Classics, 2010]

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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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