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Serge Gainsbourg biopic!

Serge Gainsbourg biopic! (photo)

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A smoking hot feature about pop genius and French God, Serge Gainsbourg, premiered in France this week. If a man is measured by his taste in women and cigarettes then Gainsbourg is the man of the century. The prior, 20th century of course, during which he survived the Nazi occupation of Paris – a Jew, born Lucien Ginsburg – and went on to become the most scandalous chanteur in a country where even the stiffest prude looks like a liberal lunch time wino next to the average American.

“He was our Baudelaire, our Apollinaire.” French President Francois Mitterand said when Gainsbourg died in 1991. “He elevated the song to the level of art.” Yet many of Gainbourg’s songs were about the basest of human experiences – sex, flatulence, sex, Nazi’s, lots of sex. His half undressed “Lemon Incest” duet with then 12 year-old daughter, Charlotte Gainsbourg, in 1984 was perhaps the height of his scandal – merging his boundary pushing musical prowess with his outrageous public persona into one formidable debacle.

The film, though a biopic, is based on a graphic novel by Joann Sfar, who also helms the film as director. Eric Elmosnino stars and appears well chosen as the tremendously-eared singer. All of the glamorous ladies, Bambou, Bardot, Birkin, are present – indeed Gainsbourg’s love life is every bit as famous as his music, perhaps more so.

Being French is not a positive attribute for an American audience, especially in music – the language and the sound of French singing just do no translate here. Imagine Johnny America, burger in hand, tailgating at the game – “Je t’aime… moi non plus” blasting from his Ford pick-up, truck nuts all a dangle to the beat. No, outside of music heads and a handful of Francophiles, Gainsbourg’s music is not well known here, but perhaps some of his pin-up lovers are.

My favorite, British actress and singer Jane Birkin, mother of Charlotte was Gainsbourg’s main muse. Their love affair is the stuff of legend. Birkin is played by British actress Lucy Gordon, who like Birkin was a former model. This is young Lucy’s final role, as she hung herself just shy of her 29th birthday weeks after filming ended in France. No doubt people will speculate as to what it was in the making of the film that lead to her sad demise given the timing.

The film’s titled “Serge Gainsbourg, vie héroïque” with no release date or title for the US as yet. Let’s hope someone picks this up. It appears to be a feast for the ears and a party for the eyes…Incroyable!

International trailer (with English subtitles).

Gainsbourg and Bardot playing “Bonnie and Clyde.”

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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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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…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…


IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.


IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).


IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.


IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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