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SXSW 2012: “Small Apartments” cast wish Johnny Knoxville a happy birthday


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The early SXSW reviews of “Small Apartments” might have heralded the film as “weird,” but we like to think that’s what makes it all the more special. At least, that’s what we told director Jonas Akerlund and cast members Matt Lucas and Johnny Knoxville when we caught up with them at SXSW.

The movie follows a man who might have killed his landlord, or is just stuck in some pretty unfortunate circumstances. With characters who have names like Franklin Franklin and Mr. Allspice, “Small Apartments” is full of quirks, and its cast and director embrace it for that.

“It’s a dark movie with some comic elements,” explained Lucas during the interview. “It’s about a collection of characters who live in a very run down apartment block somewhere in the US. And the character I play may or may not have murdered his landlord, and may or may not be framed or found guilty, and may or may not escape. That’s what you’ve got to find out during the movie.”

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Needless to say, Lucas plays main character Franklin Franklin. And Knoxville plays his neighbor who is sweet-hearted but a total pain in the butt, something that’s a little bit out of character for the former “Jackass” star.

“I would be Tommy Balls. You can call me Mr. Balls throughout this interview. That would be creepy,” Knoxville said. “I live right next door to Franklin Franklin, and I’m essentially a sweet guy, but a pain in the ass for Franklin who’s trying to hide a dead body he may or may not have murdered.

Akerlund seems to think it’s the quirkiness of “Small Apartments” that makes it fit in all the better in SXSW. “It just feels like we’re, like you said, we’re keeping it weird, and we’re blending in just fine here,” he said with a laugh.

Are you okay with the weirdness of “Small Apartments”? 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

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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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