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Armond White’s Interrupting Kanye Moment

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At the New York Film Critics Circle awards dinner on Monday, this year’s chairman, Armond White, played a particularly churlish master of ceremonies, making his feelings about some of the group’s choices clear as he introduced each award, going as far as suggesting that perhaps Tony Kushner, who presented the top prize to “The Social Network,” “has a moral responsibility to explain why The Social Network is good.” Because, in case you missed his “greater than” list, which suggested no fewer than three preferable alternatives to David Fincher’s film, he just wanted to make it known that he could not.

When Darren Aronofsky snarked back about need to give White “the compassion award” and his outlet’s irrelevance (a universal critic sore spot these days), you could feel the discomfort in the room. Aronofsky apologized, saying “It’s just really hard when you spend years working on something and it just gets torn apart.” But White was unabashed, even closing the night by thanking the NYFCC “for not awarding a single award to ‘Greenberg.'”

White’s comments were, at least, completely in line with his writing, in which he positions himself as the lone voice of reason in a deluded world. But they seemed woefully inappropriate for someone who was supposed to be representing an entire group of critics who’d voted according to process in order to come up with their picks. Disagreements should have been left there. Instead, White was, if I may bring us back to 2009, the Interrupting Kanye of the evening, casting public aspersions on the majority’s choices in a way that has far less to do with film than with him. And it’s oddly fitting, since it was West’s “Runaway” music video to which White compared “Black Swan,” finding the latter lacking.

EW‘s Lisa Schwarzbaum wrote that she left the event “feeling sour and lectured to and embarrassed. Represented by an ungracious spokesman, all critics were made to look as sour and bitter and ungenerous as caricature (and Ratatouille) would have us.” It’s too bad this event is so unlikely to go viral.

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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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