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“Looper” to open Toronto International Film Festival


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The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off in only 44 days, and the fest has honored Rian Johnson’s “Looper” by having it open the 10-day-long event. It’s the second time Johnson has had a film at TIFF, the first being his theatrical debut, “Brick.”

“With ‘Looper,’ Rian has taken his filmmaking to a new level, and we can’t wait to present it to the Toronto audience in the most prestigious platform we can offer,” Cameron Bailey, TIFF’s artistic director, told The Los Angeles Times.

“Looper” kicks off what looks to be an awesome year for movies at TIFF. In addition to the opening night film, the festival also announced its line-up of galas and special presentations. Now we wish it was much easier — and cheaper — to fly into Toronto, because just about every movie we’ve been looking forward to that comes out over the next year is screening there.

Chief among them are the Wachowskis’ “Cloud Atlas,” Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines,” David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” Robert Redford’s “The Company You Keep” and Ben Affleck’s “Argo.” Even more exciting is the fact that Joss Whedon is bringing his low-budget take on “Much Ado About Nothing” to the festival, while Terrence Malick’s recently-titled “To The Wonder” will make its big premiere as well. Even Summit’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is being taken out and shown off.

Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina,” Saorsie Ronan and Gemma Arterton’s “Byzantium,” David Ayer’s “End of Watch and Kristen Wiig’s “Imogene” will be screened during special presentations. We’re also psyched to hear what people think of the Bill Murray-starring “Hyde Park on Hudson,” Michael Shannon’s “The Iceman” and Terry Gilliam’s “A Liar’s Autobiography — The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman.” And, you know, every other movie there. Did we mention we’re jealous of everyone getting to attend yet?

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16. “Looper” hits theaters on September 28.

Which of these movies are you most excited to see? 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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