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Terry Gilliam Directs Live Webcast of The Arcade Fire At Madison Square Garden

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Arcade Fire plays MSG tonight and they’ve asked the cursed genius, Terry Gilliam, to helm their live webcast. It’s part of “Unstaged: An Original Series from American Express” in partnership with Vevo and YouTube and someone has crazy balls-out ideas. Don’t rule out a glorious disaster when the cameras start rolling tonight from that anthropophobic’s nightmare of a venue.

“I’m trying to find out what this f–ing thing is,” Gilliam confessed to EW. “I keep reading that I’m directing this thing, but I’m not sure that’s what I’m doing.” Less than two weeks ago Arcade Fire’s manager contacted the director, who has been a huge fan of the band since 2004’s “Funeral.” “But their show’s really good, and they’ve got really good video stuff already,” Gilliam added, “So we’ll stick with what they’re doing and I can sit back and take credit for everything.”

Gilliam, who went on from Monty Python to direct “Time Bandits,” “Brazil” and incomparable wonders like “The Fisher King,” has more recently been famed for the mishaps and epic tragedies that befall his films — the most recent being the death of Heath Ledger while filming “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.”

“That’s why I’m staying as far away from this as possible,” he joked. “I’m literally hands-off. The Curse of Gilliam will not apply…” So it’s not quite clear what he’ll actually be doing, but I’m sure it will be somehow eventful. Apparently singer Win Butler told Gilliam that the fist movie he ever saw with his wife and fellow bandmate, Régine Chassagne, was “Brazil.” I’ll be counting on Gilliam up in a control both somewhere desperately trying to correct some technical error (Tuttle / Buttle) while Arcade Fire lights the place up with songs from “The Suburbs.”

Watch the webcast tonight at 10pm EST.

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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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