Portlandia

The 5 IFC Shows You Should Be Watching

IFC (or Independent Film Channel), originally a spin-off of Bravo, debuted in 1994 as a channel that was primarily focused on showing independent films. In the 2000s, it made the smart decision to expand from just film to television by airing both acquired and original programs. The network had some controversy in 2010 when it started airing commercials and censoring programs, a move that angered some of its viewers. But IFC quickly changed its tune and quit the censorship (but kept the advertisements), now practically bragging that it airs movies uncut and unedited. … Read More

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Shame the Snack Before You Body-Shame the Overweight Reptile: Links You Need to See

From the shady origins of your favorite neon-colored chip to the corpulence of the new Godzilla, today’s links may seem to tell a moralizing tale about what not to feed your mutant reptile. For those few who neither own a mutant reptile nor a bag of Doritos, you can feel free to skip to the other links. … Read More

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The Best Things We Read on the Internet This Week: Faulkner, Baldwin, the Other Side of Silicon Valley

Listicles, tweets, your ex’s Facebook status, picture of dogs wearing costumes — the internet offers no shortage of entertaining stuff to look at. But there’s plenty of substantial writing out there, too, the pieces you spend a few minutes reading and a long time thinking about after you’ve closed the tab. In this weekly feature, Flavorwire shares the best of that category. This week: the lack of James Baldwin in high schools, the other side of Silicon Valley, an Occupy Wall Street protestor on trial, and more. … Read More

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‘Portlandia’s’ “Disappointing Gay” Sketch Looks Very Familiar

A few years ago, my good friend Mikala Bierma and I made a web series called Disappointing Gay Best Friend. It was successful in a specific way: a number of sites shared the videos (such as Jezebel, Salon, The Awl, and BuzzFeed), which each racked up a few hundred thousand views, and there were also some comments attesting to my attractiveness (making this project the only time in the history of the world I took anonymous comments on the Internet at face value, thank you very much). For a very brief period of time, I was even recognized in public — and not, as I had been before then, as “that guy from Modern Family.” It was a brief moment in the sun, and it was fun to make silly videos with my friend that other people seemed to enjoy. … Read More

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Carrie Brownstein Is Writing a Memoir About Sleater-Kinney and ‘Portlandia’

When it comes to rock ‘n’ roll memoirs that Flavorwire is looking forward to, erstwhile Sleater-Kinney rock goddess and current… Read More

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Watch St. Vincent Guest Star on ‘Portlandia’ Again

Last season, St. Vincent stopped by Portlandia but didn’t say much, as she was modeling new couture police uniforms designed by Fred… Read More

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How Locals Feel About ‘Portlandia’ and 7 Other Things We Learned at Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s SXSW 2014 Panel

AUSTIN, TX: Tuesday was “convergence day” at SXSW — the one day when the music, film, and interactive conferences all overlap and intertwine into a big, beautiful bowl of geek. So it was the perfect day for Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein to front a big panel discussion and celebration of Portlandia, a show that positions itself smack dab in the middle of that particular Venn diagram; there was certainly an audience for “Portlandia: Behind the Scenes with the Creators,” which took up one of the Austin Convention Center’s biggest venues and was still turning people away nearly a half hour before it even started. Your correspondent was literally the second to last person admitted; here are a few things I learned about the show from my seat in the back row. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Fitzlivia — and ‘Portlandia’ — Return

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, Scandal and Community come back from their midseason breaks. … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: ‘Portlandia’ Tarot Cards

It’s obvious that Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein hit a nerve with  Portlandia. If you live in a big city and have complained that people you call “hipsters” are taking over, only to realize that the people you’re calling hipsters actually act and look a lot like you, the show probably bears more resemblance to your life than you’d like to admit. … Read More

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