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Trailering: “Another Earth”

Trailering: “Another Earth” (photo)

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Just in time for Earth Day (ho ho!), Fox Searchlight released the trailer for “Another Earth,” the cerebral sci-fi film that sparked standing ovations at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Here’s IMDb’s official plot synopsis:

“On the night of the discovery of a duplicate planet in the solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.”

Sounds like an intriguing high concept for smart science fiction film (and it’s a gorgeous trailer), but I’m especially excited to see it because it stars and was co-written by Brit Marling, who was also the star and co-writer of another festival sci-fi hit, “Sound of My Voice.” That film, a story about a young couple who goes undercover in a cult that worships a mysterious woman, was both mine and my colleague Stephen Saito’s favorite film at South by Southwest. I don’t know where Marling came from — a parallel earth? — but she’s got some serious talent.

And speaking of “Sound of My Voice” it was also announced just in time for Earth Day (ho… ho?) that Fox Searchlight has also picked up that film for release. When I saw “Sound of My Voice” at SXSW, the producers in attendance were asked about distribution; they said that Marling had director Zal Batmanglij had offers, but were waiting to find a home that would treat the film properly. He also alluded to the fact that Marling and Batmanglij envision “Sound of My Voice” as the first entry in a larger series, and hinted that their choosiness over the distributor hinged in part on the fact that they wanted to ensure that they could get the sequels made. There’s no word in the press release about any of that, but I’m sure they’ll be asked about that when they’re making publicity rounds with the movie.

“Another Earth” opens on July 22. No word yet on a release date for “Sound of My Voice” but someday soon that’s going to be an awesome double feature.


Final Countdown

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


Rev Up

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.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…