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James Horner gets high with The Horsemen.

James Horner gets high with The Horsemen. (photo)

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The P-51 Mustang is probably the most well known fighter plane of WWII, it’s certainly the sexiest. Some say it changed the course of the war too, providing long ranged fighter escort for those war-winning (overkill) bombers. This is wild, did you know James Horner, when not composing the most titanic films, likes to fly in the old warbirds? In fact he’s recently become something of an honorary fourth Horseman, of the three man P-51 aerial aerobatic group, called The Horsemen.

Now Horner’s scored a liberating piece of music for, and about them. I bet he never envied John Williams more than when Williams got to score “Empire of the Sun.” The angelic choirs set to the Cadillac of the sky strafing and blowing the hell out of a Japanese airfield were divine. Well, there’s no young Christian Bale in this video about Horner’s soaring passions, but there are some sweet planes and conspicuously “Star Trek” meets “Field of Dreams” sounding orchestrations.

It’s cool to hear composers talk about their tripped out inspirations, and cool to see them flying in fighter planes. Between Horner and his pal James Cameron, the deep sea submersible pilot and Merman king of the abyss, I think all the bases are covered. I want to see those two rolling around in some kind of flying submarine heading to the gulf to fight corporate malfeasance and ecological disasters, filming and scoring it as they go – just the two of them. But check this out in the meantime:

For more and some Horner to download check here. [From Ain’t It Cool].

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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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