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The Secret of the Winklevi

The Secret of the Winklevi (photo)

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When I saw “The Social Network” for the first time, my only thought about Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the Olympic rowers who sue Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) for supposedly stealing their idea for Facebook, was “Man, where’d they find two twins who could act and row?” I had absolutely no idea that they hadn’t found two twins, that, in fact, they’d found two totally different actors — Armie Hammer and Josh Pence — and then grafted the face of the former onto the face of the latter using digital trickery. When I learned that, I was absolutely astonished. Then I remembered “The Social Network” was a David Fincher film, and nobody is as good at invisible digital effects as David Fincher.

I just rewatched “The Social Network” again last Friday, the first time since I learned the secret of the Winklevi. Knowing that Cameron and Tyler were really Armie and Armie (with help from Josh) completely changed the way I watched their scenes. Now, the Winklevoss twins’ scenes were wildly impressive and totally distracting. I couldn’t stop looking for the seams, trying to find where Josh ended and Armie began. Ultimately, Fincher and his team of artists did such a good job that I couldn’t. But that didn’t stop me from trying. I’m definitely glad I saw the film once without knowing about all the trickeration going on behind the scenes.

That said, now that I do know the truth, I’m fascinated to learn more, and that’s why I love this clip from Vulture that reveals how Fincher gave one actor another actor’s face without anyone noticing. I also love watching the notoriously detail-oriented Fincher on set — really, he’s the perfect guy to shoot a movie where you have to precisely recreate performances over and over again, because he’d probably be just as crazed about body posture and continuity even if it wasn’t absolutely necessary for the purposes of pulling off insanely complex special effects.


Final Countdown

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


Rev Up

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.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…