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“What about Darfive?”

“What about Darfive?” (photo)

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If you’ve ever wondered how celebrities pick the charities they get involved with, Jonathan Foreman explains it all in the Times — basically, as with so many things, their agents handle it.

Creative Artists Agency was the first major talent agency to start a “foundation” to guide its clients toward good works, and now most of the big companies have one. And sure, there’s cynicism and more than a little self-righteousness involved. Foreman notes how activist John Prendergast (who first got Angelina Jolie to the Congo) grows agitated when he’s reminded of the risible side of celebrity charity work, like Paris Hilton tweeting a picture of herself holding a child in a Guatemalan hospital. “You can’t put Paris Hilton in the same category as Clooney or Angelina,” he snarls. “It’s like confusing Bush and Obama.”

No matter how well-intentioned the gesture is, it’s hard not to snicker a little when, say, Gwyneth Paltrow puts on tribal beads and poses for a photo with the caption “I Am African,” even if she’s just trying to draw attention to AIDS infection rates. But easy laughs aside, the article makes it plain that the foundations really do make good-faith efforts to find out what causes in the world need money and attention, then match those to celebrities willing to actually lose time and sleep over them. And, whatever their motivation, it works — after Lucy Liu went on “Oprah” to talk about Pakistan’s 2004 earthquake, donations to Unicef went up 240%.

Celeb charity work can be ridiculous and nakedly naive, but if that’s what it takes to get people’s attention, it’s not a bad thing; what’s needed is a spotlight, not necessarily knowledge. Or, as an anonymous British screenwriter quoted in the article puts it: “It’s easy to mock this stuff, but compare these actors to our footballers, who spend all their money on booze and hookers and renting a f***-off house in Ibiza.” Fair enough.

[Photo: Gwyneth Paltrow in the Keep a Child Alive campaign]

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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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