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Chris Dodd Named Chairman of the MPAA

Chris Dodd Named Chairman of the MPAA (photo)

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According to an MPAA press release, former Democratic Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd has been appointed as the next chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. Dodd reports to work on March 17, just three months after the last of his five terms in Congress. Here’s Dodd’s quote from the press release:

“I am truly excited about representing the interests of one of the most creative and productive industries in America, not only in Washington but around the world,” said Senator Dodd. “The major motion picture studios consistently produce and distribute the most sought after and enjoyable entertainment on earth. Protecting this great American export will be my highest priority.”

Dodd replaces Dan Glickman, who stepped down in 2010 after six years in the position. Glickman’s predecessor was Jack Valenti, the former Lyndon Johnson special assistant who became famous –and later infamous — for creating the MPAA’s Classification and Ratings Board, along with the modern ratings system we use today (prior to Valenti and CARA, the MPAA employed the even more restrictive “Hays Code”). The IFC documentary “This Film is Not Yet Rated” detailed many of the perceived inadequacies in the ratings system that Valenti vehemently defended until he retired in 2004. In the interim, some of those inadquacies have changed. Others have not.

The ratings are the most public part of an MPAA chairman’s job because they directly affects consumers. But the MPAA chair’s job is like that of the commissioner of a pro sports league: to serve as the figurehead and lobbyist for an entire industry; in this case, the film industry. The MPAA isn’t an independent organization, it’s run by the major studios: the ones listed on the Dodd press release are Disney, Paramount, Sony,
Twentieth Century Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros. Even more than making parents happy, Dodd has to make those guys happy.

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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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