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Trailering: Joaquin Phoenix in “I’m Still Here”

Trailering: Joaquin Phoenix in “I’m Still Here” (photo)

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A quick timeline:

October 27, 2008: Joaquin Phoenix announces to an Extra! correspondent (who’s unsure whether or not he’s being serious) on the red carpet at a charity event, with brother-in-law Casey Affleck at his side, that he’s done with acting. “It’s Casey’s time now,” he says. Affleck notes that Phoenix is moving into music and will be releasing an album.

November 2, 2008: Phoenix reinforces his retirement announcement by appearing at AFI’s screening of “Che” with “BYE!” and “GOOD” written (in that order) on his knuckles.

January 16, 2009: Hollywood Reporter notes that Affleck is making a doc about Phoenix’s transition to music. That night, Phoenix gives a disastrous rap performance in Vegas in which he manages to fall off the stage. The footage is an instant YouTube hit. Affleck is there filming the event.

January 27, 2009: EW reports that an unnamed source who’s worked with Phoenix was told by the (former?) actor that “It’s a put-on. I’m going to pretend to have a meltdown and change careers, and Casey is going to film it.”

January 28, 2009: Phoenix’s rep insists it’s all for real.

February 11, 2009: A wildly bearded, sunglasses-wearing Phoenix appears “Letterman,” ostensibly to promote “Two Lovers,” though his bizarre behavior quickly obliterates any thought of the movie, which is excellent and deserved better:

July 14, 2010: Magnolia buys Affleck’s film, now entitled “I’m Still Here” — the press release describes it as “a portrait of an artist at a crossroads,” with no mention of whether it’s fiction or non.

And now we’re arrived at the presumed point of all this scheduled schadenfreude — the trailer for the film, which will premiere at Venice and open in limited release September 10th, is below. For me, the question is whether any (allegedly!) fabricated Hollywood meltdown can possibly hope to measure up to the real ones (I’ll put YOU in a rose garden!) we’ve been taking in in the press lately.

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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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