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Interviews: Emmanuelle Béart, the mystery of Bai Ling, Wiley Wiggins.

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"It'd be a lot cooler if you did."
Who’s been talking to who lately:

Daniel Auteuil, with the Independent‘s Jonathan Romney:

"As time goes by," Auteuil volunteers, "you become more and more complicated, because you lose your lightness – a bit like a ship that’s sprung a leak. You can feel it sinking. So I’m bailing out water, trying to shed as much weight as much as possible." It sounds like pessimism, I suggest. "No, just clear-sightedness. But everything’s fine, hein?"

Emmanuelle Béart, with Susan Bell at The Age:

"In Hollywood there’s no real material. They would send me stuff, but I hadn’t even seen the director. If I don’t see the director’s eyes, I’m not going. I’m not even going to pack my bags. To leave what? To leave my home, my kids, the people I love? I can’t. At least we have to drink a beer together and discuss the project, otherwise I can’t just react on the strength of an email and three pages of synopsis, and say I’m going to take off for three months of my life. Anyway, I don’t give a damn about Hollywood."

Jack Black, with Josh Tyrangiel in Time:

"I did a lot of puppet acting, jobs where I did whatever the director said," Black says of unmemorable stints in such films as "Waterworld" and "The Jackal." He hates confrontation, and he’s not arrogant enough to have ever told a director he thought he was being misused, but he did find that movies were a lot less fun than theater or Tenacious D, the Spinal Tap-ish band he created with fellow Actors’ Gang alum Kyle Gass. "It wasn’t about control," says Black. "It was about the co-lla-bo. There’s great directors who treat actors like cattle, but I hated it, and I knew if I ever had a choice, I didn’t want to work with those guys. Who said that thing about actors and cattle? Hitchcock? Yeah, I don’t want to work with that dude."

Al Gore, with Ray Pride at Sharkforum:

The old cliché about a picture being worth a thousand words is true and a thousand pictures—[Gore laughs]—make a big difference, particularly when they’re ordered in a sequence that takes you logically from one moment to the next. I tried to tell the story for thirty years, and during all of that time, I personally have had a long series of ‘A-ha!’ moments when I realized these dots connect to these dots. What I do in the slide show, very simply, is to try to reproduce those ‘A-ha!’ moments that I personally have had. I’ve searched, in over a thousand efforts to present this, for the best way to produce for others the realizations that I’ve had. I’ve always believed that if I can get these scientists to explain it to me in plain and simple language that I can understand… If I can understand it, I can communicate it to anybody.

Garrison Keillor, with Ben Fong-Torres at the San Francisco Chronicle:

[On hooking up with Altman for "Prairie Home Companion"] "Just two older guys looking for work, I think," he says. "We were brought together by a friend of a friend and had dinner in Chicago. I thought he’d like to do a movie about a radio show. He started out in radio, as a writer in Kansas City, so he had a soft spot. He came to see the show, and from all of that, he kind of fixed on this idea of seeing this show from backstage."

Bai Ling, with the London Times’ Wendy Ide:

The character in [her next project] "Shanghai Baby" is clearly one that Ling feels particularly close to. And it is also the one likely to trigger another run-in with the Chinese Government. The book was banned in China for its decadence and sexually explicit material. Ling is resigned to another stormy reception. “All my life I feel like I have been writing apology letters — to my parents, to my schoolteacher, to my army leader, to my government.”

Wiley Wiggins, with The Fader:

At the time I think ["Dazed and Confused"‘s] Mitch was probably the kind of kid I wished I was. I was a pretty maladjusted 15-year-old — very awkward, wanting to be an adult really badly. I think the obvious change that Mitch goes through from being a twitchy little kid to "one of the guys" illustrates that it’s a character. It wasn’t a difficult one to play, though.

+ Daniel Auteuil: A star? Moi? (Independent)
+ The Beart Necessities (The Age)
+ The Secret Plan of Jack Black (Time)
+ Planet Gore: Talking An Inconvenient Truth (Sharkforum)
+ Moving ‘Prairie’ Into Plain Sight (San Francisco Chronicle)
+ The riddle inside a Chinese puzzle (London Times)
+ Just Don’t Ask Her To Take It Easy On Me (The Fader)

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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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