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Billy Crystal is your new Oscar host

Billy Crystal is your new Oscar host (photo)

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Given the Academy Awards was in Defcon-5 crisis mode since losing their producer and then their host, it’s not a huge shock to learn that Billy Crystal is returning to the Oscar stage for the ninth time. The comedian is a natural choice given his lengthy hosting stints and a calming familiarity among both Academy voters and television audiences.

Crystal announced his new gig via Twitter, saying “Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward to the show.”

The decision to pick Crystal follows a few years of trying to shake up the usual hosting duties, with the much derided James Franco and Anne Hathaway helming last year’s show, Alex Baldwin and Steve Martin in 2009 and the nontraditional choice of Hugh Jackman in 2008. Crystal first hosted the show in 1989 and last hosted it in 2003, with numerous runs throughout the ’90s.

The Academy was thrown into turmoil last week when show producer Brett Ratner casually remarked that “rehearsing is for fags” at a post-screening Q&A for his new film “Tower Heist.” News of the gay slur quickly swept the Internet, forcing his resignation earlier this week and the eventual replacement by Brian Grazer. Following Ratner’s departure, close friend Eddie Murphy announced he was exiting from his hosting duties for the 2012 awards show.

The 84th annual Academy Awards will air live Sunday, February 26, 2012.

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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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