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Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method” To Play Venice

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Variety reports that David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method” will premiere at the 68th Venice Film Festival, which begins on August 31. The film, Cronenberg’s first since 2007’s “Eastern Promises,” stars his frequent collaborator Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud, Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung, and Keira Knightley as the woman they both want. I can’t decide; do I go with the “Paging Dr. Freud” joke or the “Tell me about your mother” joke here? Decisions, decisions…

According to Variety, the Venice lineup will also include Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” (based on the Tony Award-winning play “God of Carnage”), Aleksandr Sokurov’s “Faust,” Cameron Crowe’s documentary on Pearl Jam, Jonathan Demme’s doc on Hurricane Katrina, Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Dogtooth” follow-up “Alps,” Steve McQueen’s “Hunger” follow-up “Shame,” and the latest from Todd Solondz, “Dark Horse.” It’s the first I’ve heard of that one, so here’s the plot summary per Wikipedia:

“Abe, a 30-something who lives with his parents, reluctantly works for his father and avidly collects toys. When Abe isn’t playing backgammon with his mother, he’s trying to romance Miranda, another 30-something who has moved back in with her parents after a failed literary/academic career. Out of desperation, Miranda agrees to marry Abe, and the two begin to plan their life together. But just when it looks like things are starting to go right for Abe, everything goes horribly wrong.”

Sounds appropriately Solondzian, as does the cast, which includes Selma Blair, Mia Farrow, and Christopher Walken.

The final Venice lineup may also include one of two upcoming films by Steven Soderbergh — either his action thriller “Haywire” or his disease thriller “Contagion,” both of which sport, ahem, sick casts — and one of two new movies from Steven Spielberg: the drama “War Horse” or his first animated film, “The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn,” which just debuted its first teaser trailer earlier this week. My hunch tells me to bet on the latter movie for each director.

By the by, if Soderbergh’s “Haywire” does get selected that would make three films featuring Michael Fassbender at the festival; besides his aforementioned role in “A Dangerous Method,” he’s also the star of McQueen’s “Shame.” And, hey, it could be still four; c’mon “X-Men: First Class!”

The 68th Venice jury will be lead by “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky. The rest of the movies he’ll be judging will be formally announced in July.

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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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