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Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” to open the New York Film Festival

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New Yorkers will get the first Stateside crack at Roman Polanski‘s new film “Carnage” when it opens this year’s New York Film Festival. Here’s the description from the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s press release:

“Based on Yasmina Reza’s ‘God of Carnage,’ the 2009 Tony Award-winner for Best Play, ‘Carnage’ follows the events of an evening when two Brooklyn couples are brought together after their children are involved in a playground fight. Produced by Said Ben Said, the Sony Pictures Classics release stars Academy Award winners Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz and Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly.

It’s so weird when they list casts like that and there’s always the one guy, poor John C. Reilly in this case, who gets singled out as “just” an Academy Award nominee. You’re a winner in our book, John. Foster, Winslet, and Waltz never got to play a Beastie Boy who pees on the other Beastie Boys. No one can take that away from you.

Film Society executive director Rose Kuo said that “the film will certainly provoke the kind of discussions about contemporary issues that guarantee a memorable night.” I’m sure those “contemporary issues” will include a reopening of the debate over the morality of enjoying Polanski’s films in light of his pleading guilty to the charge of unlawful sex with a minor back in the late 1970s. When Polanski’s last film, “The Ghost Writer,” hit theaters, the question for a lot of people wasn’t whether it was a good movie or not, but whether it was even permissible to think it was a good movie at all given Polanski’s crimes.

Expect similar arguments in every “Carnage” review and all over social media when the film premieres later this summer at the Venice Film Festival before making its way to the Upper West Side for the 49th New York Film Festival, which runs September 30 to October 16. We’ll save our thoughts on the subject until then.

What other movies do you hope to see at this year’s New York Film Festival? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and 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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