This browser is supported only in Windows 10 and above.


Nora Ephron, famed filmmaker, dead at 71

Nora Ephron

Posted by on

Nora Ephron, the screenwriter-turned-director best known for her Oscar-nominated work on “Sleepless in Seattle,” “When Harry Met Sally…” and “Silkwood,” has passed away according to multiple news reports. She was 71.

News broke of Ephron’s illness and impending death pre-emptively, when her close friend Liz Smith posted a farewell letter to the “Julie & Julia” director. The column — which addressed Ephron in the past tense — left many confused as Ephron’s publisher subsequently told The New York Times writer Julie Bosman that she was still alive. However, later in the day it was confirmed that the writer-director has in fact died.

The exact cause of death is as of yet unknown, although friends and family confirmed to ABC News that she had been suffering from leukemia.

Many were surprised to find out about the illness, a fact Smith attributed to Ephron working on “more exotic things.” “People who never dreamed she was ill, are crestfallen. Amazed. Stunned,” she wrote. Deadline also reported that the writer-director-author was ailing, and that she “wanted this to remain a private matter.”

And she did. In the end, fans were less concerned about the way she died and more concerned about the legacy of her work. The three-time Oscar nominee started out as a journalist before gradually making her way into the Hollywood film world in the late 1970s. She broke out onto the movie scene thanks to her script for “When Harry Met Sally…,” and she solidified herself as the queen of romantic comedies with 1993’s “Sleepless in Seattle,” which she wrote and directed. Ephron went on to direct “You’ve Got Mail” and “Bewitched,” with 2009’s “Julie & Julia” being her last film.

Ephron was a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and was recognized for her screenwriting as much as she was for her essays and journalistic work. The world lost a powerful voice when Ephron passed away, but the impact of her legacy will be felt for decades to come.

Share your thoughts and best wishes for Ephron’s family in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Watch More

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

Posted by on

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

Watch More

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

Posted by on

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.

Watch More

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

Posted by on
GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

Watch More