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Michael Fassbender Senses Something in the “Eyre”

Michael Fassbender Senses Something in the “Eyre” (photo)

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An actor’s IMDb page can sometimes hide surprising information in plain sight. Take actor Michael Fassbender’s. It’s not until you see his impressive list of credits laid out that you realize that he almost exclusively appears period pieces. In the last couple years, Fassbender’s played: a Roman centurion, a Spartan, a World War II British soldier, a hunger striking Irishman in 1981, and a Western outlaw. Later this year he’ll be seen as two of the most provocative minds of the twentieth century: Carl Jung, in David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method” and Magneto in Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class.” And now you can see him as Mr. Rochester in the new adaptation of “Jane Eyre.”

Having realized just how much Fassbender seems to prefer playing the past to the present onscreen, I put the question of why to the actor during our recent video interview. And he provided the sort of response I expected, about picking projects less for their time period than for the quality of the script and the daring of their directors. That said, i have my own theory: Fassbender, with chiseled features and simple, unfussy handsomeness, represents our modern ideal of what masculinity used to be, before it was screwed up by dorks like me. Put it this way: At age 33, Fassbender and I could have gone to the same high school at the same time, if only he was raised in New Jersey (and I’m sure he’s really upset about, too). We’re almost the same age. But I — and most of my generation — still look like boys. Fassbender looks like a man.

Here’s our interview on manliness, movies, and making a new version of “Jane Eyre.”

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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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