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The Academy teams with Funny or Die to create one epic 2012 Oscars trailer


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It seems as though the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences learned their lessons last year that getting the Oscars to appeal to a younger audience doesn’t only mean hiring young hot hosts. Anne Hathaway and James Franco‘s stint hosting the Oscars was a critical failure and also failed to bring in the ratings that the Academy seemed to so desperately want. So, in 2012, they decided to go a different route, and it seems to be paying off so far.

Originally Eddie Murphy was supposed to host with director Brett Ratner producing the show, but after Ratner resigned following an anti-gay slur, Murphy soon departed the Oscars as well. That set the stage for the Academy calling up an old friend, Billy Crystal, and asking him to host the show for his ninth time. He agreed, and Oscar fans breathed a sigh of relief.

Fortunately, the Academy still seems to be forward thinking when it comes to drawing a younger audience. They teamed up with Funny or Die to create a cameo-filled trailer for the upcoming show that is actually pretty funny, and a lot more appealing than last year’s lower-budget Hathaway and Franco ads.

The teaser features Josh Duhamel and Megan Fox as special agents on the hunt for a certain Oscar host. Along the way, they spot William Fichtner as a government official, Vinnie Jones as an informant and a nearly unrecognizable Robin Williams as a ferryman taking the duo to their final destination: Mongolia. Because why not.

Turns out that their mark, Billy Crystal, had been stowed away there where he allegedly transformed himself into a yeti. Or, well, something. Fox tells him that she and Duhamel came to him “on behalf of an old friend,” and he agrees to come host the Oscars. Maybe the Academy can hire Funny or Die to overhaul the show, as well.

Did you find the new Oscars promo funnier than last year’s? Tell us in the comments section 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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