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Trailering: Gwyneth Paltrow Goes “Country Strong”

Trailering: Gwyneth Paltrow Goes “Country Strong” (photo)

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Obviously, the folks behind “Country Strong” are hoping their vibe is more “Crazy Heart” and less “Duets,” which was the last movie in which Gwyneth Paltrow’s vocal stylings played a large part. In this upcoming drama, written and directed by “The Greatest”‘s Shana Fest, Paltrow plays an alcoholic fallen country star trying to hold it together on tour with a young rival (“Gossip Girl” Leighton Meester). Real life country star Tim McGraw plays her manager/husband, and Garrett Hedlund hangs around admiring her or something.

The movie looks like perfectly standard Oscar bait (it’s getting a limited release December 22 before opening wide on January 7, surely for that reason), but there’s definitely something strange about seeing Paltrow, who, with her Brit rock husband, macrobiotic diet, Hollywood royalty background and possible pronouncements about the superiority of the English lifestyle, seems just about the opposite of “country,” calculatedly playing at being down home and red state. It remains to be seen if country music audiences respond — in advance of the film, the title track, sung by Paltrow with backing vocals from Vince Gill and Patty Griffin, was released to radio stations in July. You can listen to it here.

Screen Gems will release “Country Strong” on December 22nd.

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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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