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Robert De Niro to Head Cannes Jury

Robert De Niro to Head Cannes Jury (photo)

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The Cannes Film Festival announced the president of its 2011 jury: it’s Robert De Niro star of “Little Fockers” and other movies much more deserving of inclusion in an article about the Cannes Film Festival. According to Cannes’ official press release, De Niro was selected to honor not only his career as a filmmaker but also to “pay tribute to the co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011. “

De Niro’s no stranger to Cannes: his most recent trip to the Croisette was with “What Just Happened,” the Closing Night Film at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. He’s also appeared in two Palme d’Or winners: 1976’s “Taxi Driver” and 1986’s “The Mission.” In a statement, De Niro said “Having served as President of the Jury in the eighties twice, I know this isn’t an easy task for me or my fellow jury members, but I’m very honored and happy to head the jury for this year’s Cannes Film Festival.” I looked through the Cannes archives, curious to see what previous years he’d been President, and what films he’d chosen for the Palme d’Or but he’s not listed as President for any year in the 1980s, or the 1990s for that matter. Is he confused? Did he mean President of Juries at other film festivals?

Last year’s jury was also presided over by an American filmmaker, director Tim Burton. Other recent American Cannes jury presidents include Sean Penn (2008), Quentin Tarantino (2004), and David Lynch (2002). This year’s Cannes Film Festival will run from May 11 to 22.

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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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