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We’re not ashamed to dig the trailer for “Shame”

We’re not ashamed to dig the trailer for “Shame” (photo)

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The NC-17 was designed to promote adult filmmaking; adult themes, adult ideas, considered by and intended for adults. But of course all it means to the general public is porn, and at this point it’s nearly as tainted as the X rating it replaced. Most films that would get an NC-17 these days go out unrated because why even bother with it if all that comes with it is a nasty stigma and a bunch of restrictions about where you can play and be advertised?

But there’s a new NC-17 rated movie coming out and I’m legitimately excited about it. I hold out hope that perhaps it might be the first film in a while to redeem the NC-17 rating a little bit by proving it can be commercially viable. It’s called “Shame” and it stars “X-Men: First Class”‘ Michael Fassbender. As we told you after the film’s premiere at the Venice Film Festival, this is apparently a very graphic movie. As Entertainment Weekly puts it, there is “an awful lot of explicit sex and a downright staggering amount of full frontal Fassbender.” I didn’t add those italics, by the way. EW was staggered into italicizing. That’s a lot of full frontal.

The film is about sex but, by all accounts, it’s not sexy. Fassbender’s clothing disabled character Brandon is a sex addict, and the film depicts his struggles amidst the temptations of New York City. Here is the trailer.

Back in September, I speculated whether any distributor would be willing to release the uncut version of “Shame,” which is British director Steve McQueen‘s follow-up to his beautiful drama “Hunger,” which also starred Fassbender. To their credit, Fox Searchlight is releasing the film on December 2 with the dread NC-17. Hopefully it’s good. And hopefully McQueen and Fassbender’s work get people to look past the stigma of NC-17. It’s about time someone does.

What do you think about the return of NC-17 rated movies to theaters? 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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