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“Need for Speed: The Run” breaks the speed limit

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In most racing games, the cars are the lead protagonists. The sprightliness of gear shifting, durability of its chassis and top speed count as character traits, with some titles not even bothering to model a driver character behind the wheel.

“Need for Speed: The Run” is different. Main character Jack owes the wrong people a whole lot of money and both cops and crooks want his head on a platter. But, all that drama goe away if he can win the $25 million first-place prize in an illegal, off-the-grid cross-country race called The Run.

Previous “Need for Speed” games tried to tell stories before, but most of those efforts had you in control of an anonymous nonentity. Jack’s different. You’ll take him out of the car during frantic chase and fight sequences where he’s jumping off rooftops and fighting cops. These quick moments play an interactive cutscenes, rather than any kind of “GTA”-style open-world exploration. the cutting-edge Frostbite 2 game engine from EA’s DICE division powers “NFS: The Run,” delivering sharp-looking simulated physics, lighting and animation. Of course, there’s tons of automotive eye candy, too. A start-studded line-up of rides will include impressive models like the Porsche 911 GT2 and McLaren MP4-12C. Dozens of cars you’d never be able to afford in real life will unlock as the game progresses, making this game a must for car cognoscenti.

Autolog-the in-game social network that tracks and compares your friends’ progress-lets players view dynamic status updates and forms the hub of the multiplayer experience, which constantly challenges you to beat your friends’ performance on various tracks. When I played it yesterday, “The Run” impressed me with how it handled the visual challenges of a chaotic urban drag race while transitioning to top-shelf character animations. It’s like playing the bastard child of “Gone in 60 Seconds” and “Fast & Furious.” The game’s due out November 15th for all major consoles.

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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 IFC.com

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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.

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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…