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Charlotte Gainsbourg On Lars Von Trier and new film “Melancholia”

Charlotte Gainsbourg On Lars Von Trier and new film “Melancholia” (photo)

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The known plot details of Lars Von Trier’s disaster movie, “Melancholia” are still taking shape, but the casting is solid. Absurdly gifted French chanteuse, Charlotte Gainsbourg, returns to work with the Danish director after starring in his controversial blow out, “Antichrist.”

Perhaps she was reminiscing about onscreen clitorectomy and the hellscape that was their prior collaboration when Gainsbourg stated, “It will be completely different to last time.” She added, “What’s attractive about working with Lars von Trier is actually him. The experience of being directed by him is so special. I’d never expected anything like it, and I would like that experience again. For me the relationship with the director is more important than the script.” [Guardian]

Obvously, Gainsbourg is not alone in her special appreciation of the director. She’s joined by Kiefer Sutherland, “True Blood” star Alexander Skarsgård, his real life pops Stellan Skarsgård, John Hurt, Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Rampling, and probably my favorite German actor of all time, Udo Kier.

So far I gather that the film revolves around the relationship of two sisters, Gainsbourg and Dunst, as a rogue planet heads on a collision course towards Earth. A top contender for feel-good film of 2011 I’m sure. No word yet on whether or not we’ll get any Charlotte on the soundtrack (highly doubtful), but her last record inspired by a joyous experience she had inside a Hospital’s MRI machine, has some material that should be considered.


Final Countdown

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


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.


Give Back

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…