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Meet your new MPAA chairman.

Meet your new MPAA chairman. (photo)

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It’s always fun to make fun of the MPAA, which, recently, has been trying to clean up its image with things like this bloodless interview with ratings board head Joan Graves, who doesn’t have much to say. (“I have two daughters, and they certainly let me know if they think we might have gotten a rating wrong.”)

The MPAA may, however, be on the way to becoming more credible, because they’ve appointed Bob Kerrey as their new chairman. And Kerrey is one fascinating guy.

Like his predecessors Jack Valenti and Dan Glickman, Kerrey is an experienced Democratic politician, having served as governor of and senator from Nebraska. But he’s the most substantive of the three, an administrative-minded outsider to the film industry, who’s used to being embattled, having spent the last nine years at odds with the faculty of New York’s New School, where he was president.

During Kerrey’s regime at New School, students occupied buildings and faculty effectively issued a vote of no-confidence — former professor Jim Miller said he’d done to the school “what Bush has done to America,” which is about the nastiest thing you can say in academia.

One thing Kerrey can bring to the job is a low tolerance for nonsense and a penchant for blunt honesty — he’s famous for calling Bill Clinton “an unusually good liar.” The MPAA is so mealy mouthed that it can be hard to tell what they’re offering; Kerrey is one of few people who’s apparently indifferent to public criticism and secure in himself that he could combat that. So fine MPAA: you win today — for now.

[Photos: Senator Bob Kerrey via Wikimedia Commons]

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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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