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The Subject of “127 Hours” On How Not to Faint At His Movie

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If you start to feel faint watching Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours,” which opens in theaters next Friday, first of all, you’re not alone. As reported by Deadline, a couple people passed out at a preview screening at Pixar last week. Vulture asked the film’s subject, outdoorsman extraordinaire Aron Ralston, what people should do if they’re feeling woozy at his movie. Thankfully his response wasn’t, “Dude, I performed surgery on myself. You can’t watch a little stage blood for two minutes? Suck it up, cupcakes.” Here’s what he had to say:

“Stay seated. It’s okay if you’re in your seat and you feel like you need to pass out for a few seconds. It only becomes dangerous if you decide you need to leave the theater and you stand up and then you’re falling from a standing position.”

This is excellent advice. When I was in college and programming the on campus movies at my alma mater, we once had someone faint during a midnight screening of “The Exorcist.” He didn’t heed Ralston’s advice and when he started to feel sick he got up and tried to leave the theater. What happened? He fell, hit his head, and paramedics had to come to help him. So while your urge might be to run, possibly while screaming and crying, from the thing that’s upsetting you, your best bet is to just close your eyes and take some deep breaths.

I asked Boyle and star James Franco about whether they take the fact that a couple of people passed out at their movie as a sign they went too far or that they did exactly what they set at to do at the “127 Hours” press junket. We’ll have their responses when my video interview with them goes up next week.

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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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