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Cooking with Gerard Depardieu.

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"I'd rather spend my time with grape growers than actors."In what’s certainly our favorite interview of the month thus far, the Observer‘s Tim Atkin goes to Paris and gets dinner cooked for him by Gérard Depardieu, whose name we never fail to spell wrong in many wondrous and varied ways. Along the way he shares quips the actor inspired (Marguerite Duras described him as "a very attractive truck," while John Updike supposedly poetically bemoaned, as many must have in the 80s, "I think that I shall never view/A French film without Depardieu") and various gossipy details (he drinks five to six bottles of wine a day when "stressed," three or four on a more relaxed day, and, when doing the rounds to support his new cookbook, he appeared drunk on a French
TV show, and called one of the more critical guests a "moron" and a "dickhead"). Big plus: if you want to cook along with Gérard, the Observer includes three of his favorite recipes (complete with a New Agey intro from the actor). And yes, they do talk about films a bit somewhere in the interview too.

On the topic of another, far less accessible screen icon, as we approach what would be Greta Garbo‘s 100th anniversary, Mick LaSalle at the San Francisco Chronicle tries to pin down what Garbo meant to him:

She is the woman who wrecked my life, or at least changed my life. Before Garbo, I always figured I’d go to law school, and I never had any special interest in movies — certainly not any fanatical interest. And then I saw Garbo in "Grand Hotel," and some switch went off in my head. I don’t know why, exactly. My high school sweetheart and I had just broken up a few months before, so maybe I was just a lonely, miserable slob. Or maybe it was some latent psychosis kicking in. In any case, I became absolutely obsessed, as obsessed as someone might have been in 1928, when Garbo was something new.

He goes on to point out ten random and rather delightful observations about Garbo. Jane Ellen Wayne at the London Times recalls a rainy day in which she happened to walk beside the star for several blocks up Madison Avenue.

+ Voulez-vous poulet avec moi?
(Observer Magazine)
+ In the kitchen with Gerard Depardieu (Observer Magazine)
+ Garbo (SF Chronicle)
+ Greta Garbo (Times of London)

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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