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Colin Firth Stars In “Hope Springs” From The Author of “The Graduate”

Colin Firth Stars In “Hope Springs” From The Author of “The Graduate” (photo)

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When Charles Webb wrote “The Graduate” in 1963, the best-selling novel put Webb on the literary map as author of one of the most telling tales of the 1960s. The book was quickly turned into the Oscar-winning movie starring Dustin Hoffman, Ann Bancroft, and Katharine Ross. But, that was the last anyone really heard from Webb for many many years. Reading his Wikipedia entry (with a grain of salt, natch) reveals a man seemingly befuddled by fame and more interested in the pursuit of Art (note the capital A) and Idealism (he declined his inheritance from his father) than the trappings of success. After a twenty year hiatus from writing, Webb drafted “New Cardiff,” which was turned into the film “Hope Springs” in 2003.

“Hope Springs” is a romantic comedy, directed by Mark Herman (Brassed Off), who also adapted Webb’s novel for the screen. The film stars Colin Firth as a British artist who was dumped by his fiancée (Minnie Driver) and flees to a Vermont hotel run by Joanie Fisher (Mary Steenburgen). Like many a Newhart episode, when the innkeeper becomes aware of Colin’s broken heart, she decides to set him up with a local woman (Heather Graham). But love is never easy and, of course, the fiancee pops back into the picture wanting to rekindle their relationship. Did we mention that the always delightful Oliver Platt heads up the supporting cast? Tune in at 5 p.m. ET for a peek into the recent world of Charles Webb.

“Hope Springs” airs on IFC at 5:00 p.m. ET; Wednesday, Apr. 13 at 6:15 p.m. ET; and Thursday, Apr. 14 at 3:45 a.m. ET

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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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