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Exclusive: Watch newcomer Brit Marling own a scene in the buzzworthy sci-fi indie “Another Earth”

Exclusive: Watch newcomer Brit Marling own a scene in the buzzworthy sci-fi indie “Another Earth” (photo)

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Among the best films I saw at the 2011 Provincetown Film Festival was a relatively small picture called “Another Earth,” a searing drama with a slight sci-fi bent. The movie originally screened at Sundance with honors, and was immediately picked up by Fox Searchlight with a July 22 limited release.

“Another Earth” at its core is about the concept of fate, following a young woman (Brit Marling) recently accepted into MIT’s astrophysics program whose life irreparably changes when tragedy strikes on the same day scientists discover a duplicate Earth hovering high above our atmosphere. Marling’s character is subsequently thrust into a quiet but charged, introspective relationship with a stranger who is unaware of her connection to him in the worst way possible.

Much in the same way Jennifer Lawrence was last year’s indie break-out, I really feel Brit Marling is on the same trajectory. The actress co-wrote the film and plays her character with such subtle energy that she draws audiences into every scene she’s in. It’s a remarkable performance for a woman with few prior credits, and she plays off her co-star William Mapother (Ethan from “Lost”) with such fevered emotion that the film becomes something of a character study of the two tragic figures.

We’ll have an in-depth interview with Brit soon on, but in the meantime watch an exclusive clip from the film featuring the two leads.

Does the clip make you want to check out the film? Why or why not? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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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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