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Here’s what I like about “The Rum Diary” trailer

Here’s what I like about “The Rum Diary” trailer (photo)

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The intoxicating trailer for “The Rum Diary” starring Johnny Depp:

Here’s what I like about this trailer:

1)Depp back as Hunter S. Thompson. Anyone who’s seem Johnny Depp playing the ultimate gonzo journalist in Terry Gilliam’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” know this was the part he was born to play. Depp lived with Thompson while preparing for “Fear and Loathing” and the two remained friends until Thompson’s death in 2005. Depp narrated Alex Gibney’s Thompson doc “Gonzo,” even paid for the journalist and author’s elaborate funeral. Depp knows this character better than any he’s played not named Captain Jack Sparrow.

2)It’s based on a Thompson book I don’t know. I’d already read “Fear and Loathing” when the film came out; I’ve never read “The Rum Diary,” which was written in the 1960s but never published until 1998. The story is loosely based on Thompson’s experiences working in Puerto Rico in the late 1950s as a writer for a San Juan newspaper. Since I’ve never read the novel, I don’t know much more than that, which is just the way I like it.

3)It’s by the writer and director of “Withnail and I.” That would be Bruce Robinson, who hasn’t directed a movie since the 1992 thriller “Jennifer 8.” He’s written a few things, but he’s basically been MIA from the film world for almost 20 years. It’ll be very interested to see what he brings to Thompson’s tale and find out how he adds to his oeuvre of alcoholic cinema.

4)I think I saw a bedazzled turtle. I’ve got a lot of questions about that guy.

Not much to fear and loathe overall; the movie looks like a lot of fun. It opens October 28.

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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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