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Mr Brainwash’s Oscar Street Art

Mr Brainwash’s Oscar Street Art (photo)

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LAist spotted and photographed an big piece of “Exit Through the Gift Shop”-related street art on La Brea at San Vicente. As you can see above it’s a giant Oscar decked out in a signature Banksy hoodie, surrounded by Stormtroopers (kinda hard to see at first glance but there’s also Stormtrooper cutouts on the top of the building).

There was some initial debate on LAist (and Movieline) over whether this piece was by Banksy or by Mr Brainwash (a.k.a. Thierry Guetta, the oft-mocked subject of Banksy’s film). I’m no expert on either’s work beyond what’s featured in “Exit Through the Gift Shop” but I’d be shocked if this was Banksy’s. For one thing, it has a MBW signature. But Banksy’s always been about the art and not the artist. In “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” he extremely critical of guys like Mr Brainwash, who are less concerned with making art thank in soaking in the fame, attention, and money that comes with being a “celebrity artist.” It would be incredibly un-Banksy-like to literally create a giant monument to himself. Also, while the Stormtroopers are certainly good for a chuckle, they don’t really connect in any brilliant thematic way with Oscar. Maybe the Oscars are evil? Or Banksy has sold out? Or MBW just likes Stormtroopers and thinks they look coo? Take your pick.

I’ve said this on Twitter, but “Exit Through the Gift Shop”‘s nomination is a win-win for its fans. If it wins, fantastic. If it loses, Banksy’ll be tagging up the Kodak Theatre while whoever beats him is giving their acceptance speech. And in that case there won’t be any doubt who made it either.

For more pics of MBW’s Oscar art, go to LAist.

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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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