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Trailering: “Magic Trip”

Trailering: “Magic Trip” (photo)

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The absurdly prolific director Alex Gibney — I like to say that Gibney is to documentaries as Stephen King is to fiction; they just… can’t… stop!! — is busy once again. His film on infamous Chicago Cubs fan Steve Bartman just premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (read my review here) but we’ve already got a trailer for another project: “Magic Trip.” This one he only co-directed. Slacker.

If you’ve ever read Tom Wolfe’s “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” then you know the story: author Ken Kesey and his Merry Band of Pranksters on a legendary psychedelic road trip. Kesey and company shot 16mm footage of their journey but the material was never utilized or widely screened until now. Which means Gibney and co-director Alison Ellwood’s film includes all sorts of rare archival footage of counterculture luminaries like Timothy Leary, Neal Cassady, and The Grateful Dead. Here’s the trailer.

For more on the film, I recommend Anne Thompson’s excellent interview with Alex Gibney at Sundance 2011, where the director shares some interesting stories about the production, like the fact that Kesey only remembered to sync his audio recording and his film camera once in forty hours of footage (as opposed to the prescribed method of every single time you stop the camera). You can also check out “Magic Trip”‘s official site for release information: it’s available on VOD starting July 1 and opens theatrically in select cities on August 5. As for Gibney, he’s already hard at work on his next projects. Yes, projects, plural. According to his IMDb page he’s already developing two more films, one on cyclist Lance Armstrong and on one WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. And here I have trouble writing a couple of blog posts every day. Yeesh.

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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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