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Depp and Paradis, “My American Lover”

Depp and Paradis, “My American Lover” (photo)

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Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis have been cast together as lovers in an upcoming film, currently titled “My American Lover,” about French writer, feminist and philosopher Simone de Beauvoir best known for her 1949 work, The Second Sex, and her life long relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre.

[Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis dying to get off the red carpet]

It is not Sartre, however, who is the lover in the film but, American writer Nelson Algren (Johnny Depp) with whom de Beauvoir had an affair around the same time she wrote her notable 1949 work. The film will no doubt be based on other works of hers, most likely the The Mandarins, “an unflinching look at Parisian intellectual society at the end of World War II,” which is dedicated to Algren and features a character considered to be him.

More recent source material would likely be from A Transatlantic Love Affair: Letters to Nelson Algren, a collection of letters (published in 1998) that de Beauvoir wrote to Algren between ’47 and ’64. The publishers note perhaps sums the book up best, “Here is more gossip here than philosophical or political debate: for example, fistfights between Arthur Koestler and Albert Camus, daily death threats to Sartre, “this ridiculous thing which is Truman Capote,” “Jean Genet, the pederast-burglar” and the “cave” hopping of the literati… the less well known of whom are helpfully footnoted. But her detached descriptions of places, events and parties are ultimately more interesting than her often condescending opinions of people and her need to reiterate to Algren how many women are attracted to her.” [Amazon]

Sounds like juicy stuff. Depp said of the film, “It’s in preparation. It’s called My American Lover. Vanessa plays the French feminist Simone de Beauvoir and I play her lover Nelson Algren who is real macho.” [Cinematical]

Director Lasse Hallström who gave us “The Cider House Rules” and two films staring Johnny Depp, “Chocolat” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” is in charge. No word on the music yet, but I’m hoping for some great gems from the 40’s. Perhaps Hallström will call upon composer Rachel Portman again, who was nominated for best original score for both “Cider House” and “Chocolat.”

I’ve seen Paradis in only one film, 1999’s “Girl on the Bridge” and she was tremendous, but this looks to be a much more demanding role, to say nothing of the stresses of acting opposite her real life lover. We know Johnny’s got the chops though.

See him clowning around (while being very protective) with the apple of his eye…

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Rev Up

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…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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