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Fantastic Fest Expands Into Video Games and Theater

Fantastic Fest Expands Into Video Games and Theater (photo)

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Austin, TX’s Fantastic Fest is a film festival that earns its name — and it’s one of our personal favorites. The sixth annual incarnation of the festival will take place September 23-30, 2010, with the usual selection of sci-fi, horror, fantasy and strangeness from around the world. They’re made their first programming announcement today, highlighting a few of the new sidebars and programs — including video games and theater performances! — you can expect at this year’s festival.

Fantastic Arcade Fantastic Fest is getting to the indie game business with Fantastic Arcade, which will run during the first four days of the festival and will highlight innovative, boundary-pushing games from developers both independent and established. There will be game demos, talks from industry guests, a machinima competition and a “light saber dance party.”

Jeffrey Combs and Stuart Gordon: Nevermore Combs, better known as Herbert West from the “Re-Animator” series, will be performing his one-man show “Nevermore: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe.” Written by “Re-Animator” director Gordon, the play pulls together a portrait of Poe from real historical material. Combs and Gordon will also appear in person at screenings of “Re-Animator” and “From Beyond.”

Spotlight: Norway Norway gets the sidebar treatment this year, with a program showcasing the amazing young talent that’s put the country on the genre film map ever since the arrival of Roar Uthaug’s 2006 film “Cold Prey.”

Extreme Cuisine A cow (named Fanny) is being raised specifically to be smoked whole of an open fire, Argentinian style, one of the many special food events the fest does paired to films that are being screened.

Here’s video from the 2008 festival, with our own Matt Singer chatting up Kevin Smith at the opening night screening/world premiere of “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” which was followed by the Air Sex World Championships:

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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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