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What is it About Bettie Page?

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Do you remember the first time you saw a Bettie Page picture? The image of the 50s era beauty is hard to miss. The Pin Up Queen’s lingerie and swimsuit modeling shots have become so iconic that fifty years after the once-racy pictures were released, they have moved from under-the-mattress fetish mags to fill teen mall stores, fast fashion outlets, and record shops. Her visage graces countless biceps, posters, lunchboxes, even birthday cakes.

So, what is it about Bettie Page? How did a nice girl from Tennessee and aspiring missionary (no, really) end up inspiring twelve pages of craft projects on Etsy? Part of her charm is clearly her good looks. Her trademark black hair, bangs and red lips have spawned a legion of rockabilly copycats. But it’s hard to look at Bettie Page and not also be reminded of scandal. Her face launched a thousand irate letters, caught a smut-fearing senator’s attention, and Playboy founder (and pajama enthusiast) Hugh Hefner’s eye. Whether by accident or by wile, Bettie Page’s fetish photographs indirectly gave birth to modern pornography. Yet, her face fills shelves at Hot Topic.

The 2005 film The Notorious Bettie Page, takes a look at the life of the woman behind the ubiquitous image. Gretchen Mol stars as the nice girl from Tennessee whose ambition took her to San Francisco and New York City and eventually to the status of pop culture icon. Bettie Page proved that nice girls don’t necessarily finish last.

Here’s the trailer:

The Notorious Bettie Page airs on IFC at 8:25 p.m. ET

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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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