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“Tree Of Life” Will Premiere at Cannes (Supposedly)

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Variety‘s Justin Chang reports that Terrence Malick’s long-awaited film “The Tree of Life” will finally premiere at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. From Chang’s report:

“It’s still unclear whether the Fox Searchlight drama starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn will play in or out of competition, a decision that likely will not be made until closer to April 14, when fest topper Thierry Fremaux announces the full official selection lineup. But it’s sure to be included in what’s shaping up to be a vintage year for Cannes, with new works by Palme winners Gus Van Sant, the Dardenne brothers, Lars von Trier and Nanni Moretti hotly tipped for competition berths, though Fremaux and his selection committee still have many titles to screen before the April deadline.”

Chang doesn’t site a source, even an anonymous one, in delivering this news but even if he’s just guessing it’s a good one. “The Tree of Life” is currently scheduled for a May 27 American release, just two weeks after Cannes. If the film’s going to premiere anywhere — which makes sense; Malick’s films are catnip for critics — its last chance would be at Cannes. What’s more, the film is really the ideal film for Cannes, which loves the irrestible one-two punch of a major auteur like Malick and the glamour of big movie stars like Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, who can bring out the crowds to watch the premiere on the world’s most famous red carpet.

Then again, people predicted “Tree of Life” would make its premiere at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and it didn’t happen. Then they speculated it might show up at all the major festivals since. This is my personal rule with Malick films: I believe he’s made a new movie when I’m sitting in the theater watching it. Until then, it’s all conjecture. Helps avoid heartbreak.

Chang lists other films likely for Cannes premieres, including Gus Van Sant’s “Restless” and Lars Von Trier’s “Melancholia,” but as of now, the only film definitely playing the Palais is Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” which is currently scheduled for a U.S. release on May 20.

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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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