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10 Steps to the A-List: Bradley Cooper


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This month, we’re streaming The Midnight Meat Train on Believe it or not, the movie stars Bradley Cooper, who in just short amount of time, went from unknown actor to Academy Award nominee. We thought we’d take a look at just how he made that possible. Here’s our step-by-step guide to hitting the A-list. Give it a read and then check out The Midnight Meat Train, a fantastically-titled, critically-acclaimed horror schlock-fest.

10. Make your bones doing TV.

Bradley popped up on a number of TV shows during the beginning of his career, such as Kitchen Confidential – a short-lived sitcom based on Anthony Bourdain’s bestseller.

9. Land a part in a comedy cult classic with a hilarious cast.

One thing that can’t ever hurt a career is being part of an ensemble of comedy all-stars before they become household names.

8. Star in at least one horror flick.

Every A-lister has at least one horror film on their resume.

(Stream The Midnight Meat Train for free on

7. Handle your partying like a champ.

Even though Bradley gave up his partying ways so he could focus on his career, that prior experience had to be somewhat helpful when it came to the Hangover films.

6. Know how to conduct yourself during interviews.

Doing press is a big part of an actors life. Then there’s this.

5. Put everything into at least one great role.

4. Find a director you work well with, and do anything they ask you to.

Bradley wouldn’t perm his hair for just anybody.

3. When Marvel comes calling, say yes.

Who would have thought that voicing a somewhat degenerate, renegade space raccoon would pay off in such a big way?

2. Make an epic movie about a war hero.

Cooper’s next film, American Sniper, is already getting Oscar buzz. Talk about on a roll.

1. Ignore the haters.

There’s going to be a lot of people that will say you can’t ever make it. Remember that when you’re costarring with them one day.

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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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