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Depp and Paradis, “My American Lover”

Depp and Paradis, “My American Lover” (photo)

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Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis have been cast together as lovers in an upcoming film, currently titled “My American Lover,” about French writer, feminist and philosopher Simone de Beauvoir best known for her 1949 work, The Second Sex, and her life long relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre.

[Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis dying to get off the red carpet]

It is not Sartre, however, who is the lover in the film but, American writer Nelson Algren (Johnny Depp) with whom de Beauvoir had an affair around the same time she wrote her notable 1949 work. The film will no doubt be based on other works of hers, most likely the The Mandarins, “an unflinching look at Parisian intellectual society at the end of World War II,” which is dedicated to Algren and features a character considered to be him.

More recent source material would likely be from A Transatlantic Love Affair: Letters to Nelson Algren, a collection of letters (published in 1998) that de Beauvoir wrote to Algren between ’47 and ’64. The publishers note perhaps sums the book up best, “Here is more gossip here than philosophical or political debate: for example, fistfights between Arthur Koestler and Albert Camus, daily death threats to Sartre, “this ridiculous thing which is Truman Capote,” “Jean Genet, the pederast-burglar” and the “cave” hopping of the literati… the less well known of whom are helpfully footnoted. But her detached descriptions of places, events and parties are ultimately more interesting than her often condescending opinions of people and her need to reiterate to Algren how many women are attracted to her.” [Amazon]

Sounds like juicy stuff. Depp said of the film, “It’s in preparation. It’s called My American Lover. Vanessa plays the French feminist Simone de Beauvoir and I play her lover Nelson Algren who is real macho.” [Cinematical]

Director Lasse Hallström who gave us “The Cider House Rules” and two films staring Johnny Depp, “Chocolat” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” is in charge. No word on the music yet, but I’m hoping for some great gems from the 40’s. Perhaps Hallström will call upon composer Rachel Portman again, who was nominated for best original score for both “Cider House” and “Chocolat.”

I’ve seen Paradis in only one film, 1999’s “Girl on the Bridge” and she was tremendous, but this looks to be a much more demanding role, to say nothing of the stresses of acting opposite her real life lover. We know Johnny’s got the chops though.

See him clowning around (while being very protective) with the apple of his eye…

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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

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Cancel it!

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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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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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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