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15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Valkyrie

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You already knew that if you had to pick one action start to assassinate the Nazi high command, Tom Cruise is the easy choice. But you may not have know some of the amazing details about Valkyrie.

1. A Memorial Inspired the Film

Co-screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie found the inspiration Valkyrie while vacationing in Berlin in 2002. During a tour of the Bendlerblock—the HQ of the German resistance, which is now a museum—a guide showed him the memorial erected to Claus von Stauffenberg and the July 20th co-conspirators.


2. Tom Cruise Was Perfect For His Part

Cruise was initially attracted to the project because of his uncanny resemblance to the actual Claus von Stauffenberg.
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3. But He Needed a German Coach

Cruise received pronunciation advice on his German lines at the beginning of the film from the Oscar-winning director of The Lives of Others and The Tourist, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Donnersmarck is a German-born friend of Valkyrie director Bryan Singer.


4. First Things Came Last

The African Campaign sequence at the beginning of the film was actually shot last. The scene was added after principal photography was complete because the filmmakers wanted to give context to Stauffenberg’s motives, and didn’t want the audience to think he helped initiate the coup because of the injuries suffered during the war. Singer scouted locations in Jordan and Spain for the scene, but it was ultimately shot in the Mojave Desert in California.


5. Cruise Ran Afoul of the German Government

The German government initially banned the production from shooting on location in Berlin because of Tom Cruise’s ties to Scientology – Germany does not recognize Scientology as a religion.


6. Claus von Stauffenberg’s Real Grandson Is in the Film

He plays the aid to Major General Treschow.


7. Pay Close Attention to the Hospital

The hospital where Cruise’s character recovers following his injuries wasn’t a set. The production renovated an actual period German military hospital where Adolf Hitler himself convalesced after gas attack injuries suffered during World War I.


8. All the Airplanes, Cars, Trucks, and Artillery Are Legit

They’re actual 1940s period pieces, not CGI.

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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 IFC.com

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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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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…