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“The King’s Speech” PG-13 Cut Opens April 1

“The King’s Speech” PG-13 Cut Opens April 1 (photo)

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If you’ve wanted to see this year’s Best Picture Oscar winner, “The King’s Speech,” but are pathologically afraid of the word “bugger” I have good news! Well first I have bad news: I used the word “bugger.” Sorry about that. But now you won’t have to worry about hearing it quite so much in “The King’s Speech,” as The Weinstein Company’s much discussed PG-13 rated cut of the film will, per Movieline, open on 1,000 screens nationwide on April 1. Per a TWC press release, quoted on Movieline:

“We are thankful to the MPAA for their wisdom and swift action in approving the release of “The King’s Speech”‘s PG-13 release. The action enables those to whom it speaks most directly — young people who are troubled by stuttering, bullying and similar trials — to see it.”

Uh huh. I have maintained all along that a)”The King’s Speech” didn’t deserve an R rating in the first place and b)no teenager, even those troubled by stuttering and bullying, was kept from seeing the film because of its R rating. What parent doesn’t take their kid to see “The King’s Speech” because it’s rated R? It’s not like they were asking to see “Basic Instinct” here; it’s a movie about an occasionally foul-mouthed English monarch. I guess The Weinsteins have made the film accessible to kids with really bad parents who hate spending time with their children. And kids of really bitter, hateful Anglophobics can see it on their own now too. Which is nice.

Regardless, this makes no sense to me. But, hey, there’s a reason The Weinsteins have been in business for so long and I’m just a schlub who writes about movies on a website. Still, I keep feeling like they missed a real opportunity here. I don’t know anybody who’s dying to see “The King’s Speech” again as a PG-13 film. You know how you drum up interest in a new cut? Make it super insane hard R cut of the film. “The King’s Speech” by way of Kim Ji-woon and Gaspar Noe. “The King’s F$#@ing Speech.” Admit it: you’d be interested.

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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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