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Cameron Crowe’s “Pearl Jam Twenty”

Cameron Crowe’s “Pearl Jam Twenty” (photo)

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Cameron Crowe has been out of the public eye for years now but the former Rolling Stone reporter has three films finished; a feature starring Matt Damon called “We Bought a Zoo” and two music documentaries. The director famously fictionalized his youth — spent following around legendary bands like The Who and The Allman Brothers — in his 2000 film, “Almost Famous.” He recently talked to his old employer about his new Pearl Jam doc, “Pearl Jam Twenty” and his Elton John/Leon Russell picture, “The Union,” which premiered last week at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Some 20 hours of archival footage were used to piece together Pearl Jam’s story, which as the title indicates, stretches back some 20 years now (give or take by the time the film comes out). “It’s the best souvenirs of the past,” Crowe told Rolling Stone. “Some fabled footage you’ve heard exists but have never seen, and some interviews. So while “The Union” was, ‘How do we buff up the cinéma vérité?’, “Pearl Jam Twenty” is, ‘How do we do “The Kids Are Alright” of Pearl Jam, and sonic blast the best stuff?’ It’s a wider scope.”

Crowe acknowledged the vast differences between the disparate subjects of these two new projects, especially in terms of their public identity and relationships to fame. “For Elton, the camera is a buddy,” the Crowe said. “Pearl Jam is not prone to opening the curtain the same way, and that is the challenge and delight of it.”

Pearl Jam’s relationship with Crowe stretches back at least to “Almost Famous.” The scene where William (Crowe’s character) gets pulled into the band’s pre-show huddle was allegedly based on when Eddie Vedder pulled Crowe into Pearl Jam’s huddle before taking the stage at Lollapalooza. Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready performed the guitar tracks for the fictional band’s songs in the film. Crowe also shot Pearl Jam’s 2009 video for “The Fixer.”

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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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