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Sacha Baron Cohen to adapt real-life story “The Lesbian”


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Sacha Baron Cohen isn’t afraid of delving into touchy subjects on the big screen. From “Borat” to “The Dictator,” Cohen has used his unique brand of comedy to comment on a variety of topics in his own special satirical way. That’s why it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to learn that his new movie is based on the real-life story of a father who offered $65 million for any man who could win over his openly gay daughter.

Titled “The Lesbian,” Cohen is reportedly taking his own spin on the story of Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao. Deadline is reporting the news, but can’t confirm who is writing the project or whether Cohen will star in it. Our guess is that he would play the father figure but, who knows, he also could choose to play the daughter.

Cohen will likely take this true story as a starting point and make his own exaggerated version of the tale. In real life, Gigi Chao eloped to France with her partner because same sex marriage isn’t allowed in China. It was at that point that her father put out the offer to have a man win her back.

Up next, Cohen is playing Thenardier in Tom Hooper’s adaptation of “Les Miserables.” His most recent satire, “The Dictator,” grossed $175 million worldwide. It will be interesting to see if Cohen teams up with his frequent collaborator Larry Charles for “The Lesbian,” as Charles has directed Cohen’s previous three films.

Are you intrigued by Cohen creating “The Lesbian,” or do you think he’s gone too far this time? 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

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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