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Bond 23 “Skyfall” director Sam Mendes releases first video blog


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There’s been plenty of secrecy surrounding the set of “Skyfall.” Only one official still from the movie has been released, and the cast is staying mum about what the flick is about. At least director Sam Mendes is ready to talk about the long-anticipated Bond film, even if it’s only pertaining to how the movie relates to him.

Mendes released his first of many “Skyfall” web blogs today, hot off the heels of yesterday’s behind-the-scenes photo featuring Judi Dench. In the new video, he talks about his relationship to the Bond franchise and what drew him to “Skyfall.”

“The roots of me doing this Bond movie start way before anybody approached me, because I — like everybody else — have my own personal relationship with Bond, which began when I was I supposes about 9 or 10 years old. So, you know, I’ve always been a fan of the movies,” Mendes explained.

Turns out that Mendes was “genuinely blown away” by the reinvention of James Bond in “Casino Royale.” He was drawn to Daniel Craig’s performance, as it reminded Mendes of what he loved about the Sean Connery 007 generation.

“It struck me that it is still possible to make a big, fabulous, escapist movie, and yet at the same time to say something about the world that we’re living in, so I thought that it would be a wonderful thing to do,” he said.

There’s not a lot of new footage in the video blog, but if you look closely enough you can spot Ralph Fiennes’ head and Judi Dench filming a scene. The video also features shots of Craig filming the same scene as the one in the previously mentioned official still.

Not much is known about the plot of “Skyfall” except that Javier Bardem plays the movie’s villain and Dame Judi Dench’s character M takes a front row seat. A recently-released plot synopsis says that Bond’s loyalty to M is tested when a secret from her past comes back to haunt her. It’s up to 007 to track down and get rid of the threat in order to protect MI6 and the world.

“Skyfall” also stars Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw, Helen McCrory and Ola Rapace. It’s set for release on November 9.

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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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