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Stardom, by the numbers.

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07232008_famus.jpg“In an era where risk-averse studio executives have declared men the more reliable movie stars–and the more desirable moviegoers–perhaps it’s no surprise that they are also the medium’s top earners. The reality: Hollywood’s 10 best-paid actors out-earned Hollywood’s 10 best-paid actresses 2-to-1 over the course of the year…

“Will Smith leads the pack of Hollywood’s best-paid actors, banking an estimated $80 million over the course of the year. Frequently called the hardest-working man in Hollywood, Smith has proved that no matter the genre–be it sci-fi thriller (Warner Bros.’ I Am Legend) or sappy drama (Sony’s The Pursuit of Happyness)–he can deliver an audience.”
      —Forbes on Hollywood’s best-paid actors

“The $20 million paycheck club in Hollywood is shrinking, and for good reason: When it comes to the highest-paid performers, the studios aren’t getting good returns on their investment.

“Just check out our Ultimate Star Payback list for proof. At the top of our list is comedy actor Vince Vaughn. His films earned $14.73 for every dollar he was paid. That’s because until recently his salary was relatively low, and the films he was in, like Wedding Crashers and The Break-Up, had modest budgets yet did extremely well at the box office worldwide ($285 million and $205 million, respectively).”
      —Forbes on Hollywood’s best values

“Today, Absolut Vodka becomes a “Friend” of the walk, shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars for a star-like plaque embedded in Hollywood Boulevard… It’s unclear just how different the Absolut plaque, near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, will be from nearby stars for Antonio Banderas, Matthew Broderick and Jackie Chan.

“Chamber officials wouldn’t provide a sneak preview, but Gubler described the plaque as a 3-foot square set in terrazzo and brass featuring an Absolut bottle, text citing Absolut as a ‘Friend of the Walk of Fame,’ and icons such as a film projector and microphone that appear on other stars.”
      —LA Times

[Photos: Famous! Will Smith in “Hancock,” Columbia Pictures, 2008; Vince Vaughn in “The Break-Up,” Universal Pictures, 2006; Absolut Vodka]

+ Hollywood’s Best-Paid Actors (Forbes)
+ The Ultimate Star Payback (Forbes)
+ Some find corporate sponsorship of Walk of Fame hard to swallow (LA Times)

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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 IFC.com

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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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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…