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Louis C.K., Kristen Wiig and more make Time’s 100 Most Influential list

TIME Magazine Most Influential Persons edition

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As they do every year, Time magazine has released their list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and we were surprised and pleased to see that some people we adore have made the list. Chief among them is Louis C.K., who won over audiences with his FX show “Louis” and his no-strings-attached comedy special “Live at the Beacon Theater.”

“What you see on ‘Louie’ is just the tip of the iceberg — a funny, clever show. What you’re not seeing is that he produces it, he writes it, he edits it, he knows every lens, every camera angle. He’s Steven Spielberg without the beard and with humor,” Joan Rivers wrote about Louis for the magazine. “There’s no downside to him. He’s the next Big One.”

And CK wasn’t the only comedian to make the big list. Judd Apatow wrote in about Kristen Wiig, who has quickly become the reigning comedy queen. “She never thought she was making a statement about women in comedy,” he wrote of Wiig’s award-winning film, “Bridesmaids.” “I guess coming fast out of the gate requires years of hard work that nobody but me gets to see. I am the lucky one.”

Also on the list were Chelsea Handler, who Kathy Griffin praised, and Stephen Colbert, who Garry Trudeau wrote in about. But it wasn’t only comedians who were recognized by Time this year.

Dramatic actresses including Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, Claire Danes and Tilda Swinton also made the cut. Cicely Tyson wrote that Davis’s success as an actress and a person “affords me great hope for the future,” while Gary Oldman called Chastain “formidable,” “tremendous, terrific, awesome, outstanding.” Sally Potter praised Swinton on prioritizing “being over acting, presence over character,” and Valerie Plame Wilson praised Danes for giving a “finely calibrated, deliberate and nuanced” performance in “Homeland.”

Lastly, The Weinstein Company producer Harvey Weinstein was honored with a spot on the top 100, and it was Johnny Depp who was brought on board to write about him. “There are producers, and then there are producers,” Depp wrote. “Harvey belongs to the latter batch.”

Do you think that these Hollywood stars deserved to be in Time‘s top 100? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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

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Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

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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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