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Star Off: Cate Blanchett vs. Keira Knightley

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By typical Hollywood convention, Keira Knightley and Cate Blanchett shouldn’t be in competition for roles. You see, blondes, like Blanchett, play sunny happy personalities and/or ethereal beauties, while brunettes like Knightley can play sassy, smart, or smoldering depending on the part. It’s the Chaucer standard that became the Disney princess standard (that became the David Lynch standard but we’ll save that for another time): blondes Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty required princes to rescue them, but brunette Snow White was shacked up with seven dwarves before needing any old prince. Yet, when studying the careers of Keira Knightley and Cate Blanchett you realize that maybe Hollywood is starting to realize that Chaucerian typecasting based on hair color is a wee bit outdated.

Cate Blanchett has skillfully managed to avoid typecasting. Sure she’s played her fair share of fairies (unless Galadriel in Lord of the Ringswas an elf, then she’s never played a fairy) and delicate beauties, because she, well, she is a delicate beauty. But Blanchett has really made a name for herself playing smart and ambitious women, namely Queen Elizabeth (Elizabeth) and Katherine Hepburn (The Aviator). Heck, she was even managed tough, ethereal, and telepathic in The Gift. In Little Fish (which airs today at 2 p.m. ET) she plays a recovering drug addict. Clearly this is no Disney princess movie, although we never saw the tragic tale Cinderella: Behind the Magic.

It’s Blanchett’s drive to play tough-as-nails yet sensitive characters that puts her in Keira Knightley’s career path. Knightley has played nothing but perky, outspoken brunettes who defy convention. See Pride and Prejudice and the entire Pirates of the Caribbean oeuvre. She even got to play an assassin in Domino. The closest Knightley has come to defying standard brunette roles is her ad campaign for Chanel No. 5. It seems clear that Blanchett could play any of the roles that Knightley has managed, but it’s hard to imagine Knightley as Veronica Guerin or I’m Not There, let alone Galadriel.

Advantage: Cate Blanchett

Watch a young (and dyed blonde) Keira Knightley kick the heck out of a soccer ball in Bend It Like Beckham at 5:45 p.m. ET. Little Fish airs at 2 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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