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The Return of Looney Tunes

The Return of Looney Tunes (photo)

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There was a time, not that long ago, that people paid one admission price and spent all day at the movies. No need for morally questionable theater hopping: a single ticket got you a couple movies, a newsreel, a short or a cartoon and a trailer. A variety of factors including the advent of television and the Paramount Decision that forced studios to divest themselves of their theater chains put us on the road to where we are now, paying twelve and a half bucks for a couple of commercials, a couple of commercials masquerading as news, a couple more commercials, some trailers (which, let’s face it, are commercials) and one measly feature.

As far as I’m concerned, any extension of the moviegoing experience that doesn’t involve ads is a good thing. And there are small but encouraging signs that preshow shorts, particularly cartoons, are making a comeback. We’ve come to expect a new short with each new Pixar film; this year’s “Day & Night” was a far more formally complex film, particularly in regards to the use of 3D, than “Toy Story 3.” Other animation studios have dabbled in new shorts and now Warner Brothers has brought back the best brand in shorts to theaters: the Looney Tunes have returned.

Like me, you might have missed this news because you didn’t catch “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” in theaters last weekend, but Cartoon Brew has the full details on “Coyote Falls,” the new Roadrunner and Coyote short directed by Matthew O’Callaghan (“Curious George”) that premiered in front of the film. Modern fashion means Roadrunner and Coyote have been given the 3D treatment but this brief preview suggests they’ve made the extra-dimensional transition with ultra-violent sense of humor intact.

A move to more shorts makes sense: exhibitors and studios are looking for ways to make the moviegoing experience unique in the face of better and better home theater equipment; re-elongating that experience is a good place to start. If the promise of the first new Looney Tunes in years isn’t enough to lure you into “Cats and Dogs” two more Roadrunner and Coyote cartoons are coming this year, attached to Warner Brothers’ “The Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole,” and “Yogi Bear.” For now, that’s all folks.

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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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