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10 Kids of Famous People Who Became Awesome


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Let’s be frank with each other: being born into wealth and fame tends to make you…Kim Kardashian. Or Jaden Smith. Well, sure, not all famous kids are like that, but most of them are. We’re all about keeping it positive here, though, so let’s spotlight the 10 scions of privilege that managed to grow up cool.

10. Mavis Spencer

Most kids of celebrities tend to follow their parents into the family business because it requires less effort, but actress Alfre Woodard’s daughter Mavis Spencer has other passions – most notably horses. The lovely 5’11” young woman is a nationally-ranked equestrian who has medaled in multiple competitions.

9. Max Brooks

The author of the flabbergastingly successful World War Z books is the son of actress Anne Bancroft and legendary funnyman Mel Brooks. Despite his father’s way with words, young Max struggled with dyslexia as a child. He overcame that to become a best-selling author, and his 2006 book was turned into a Brad Pitt movie. Sadly, his dad wasn’t chosen to direct the parody version World War Oy!

8. Laila Ali

When you’re the child of the greatest boxer the world has ever seen, it’s only natural that you follow in his footsteps – even if you’re a girl. Laila Ali started boxing at 18 and built herself into one of the sport’s most dominant forces, eventually retiring with an untarnished 24-0 record.

7. Abby Elliott

When your dad created one of the best sitcoms ever in Get A Life and your grandfather is one of the legends of radio comedy, you’ve got a lot of laughs to live up to. Thankfully, former SNL castmember Abby Elliott (daughter of Chris Elliott) keeps her family tradition strong.

6. Evan Ross

The son of legendary singer Diana Ross won the genetic lottery, inheriting a gorgeous falsetto voice that he’s put to good use. When he was growing up, he was mentored by none other than Michael Jackson (no jokes, please), and his singing style is definitely indebted to the King of Pop. Oh, and he also scored a role in the most recent Hunger Games flick, just for fun.

5. Zelda Williams

Being the daughter of one of the world’s most beloved comedians is no laughing matter, but Zelda Williams handles it with poise and grace. Her father Robin named her after the princess in his favorite Nintendo game, and she’s been a strong voice for the best in gamer culture as well as lending her talents to The Legend Of Korra and other projects.

4. Kyle Eastwood

Clint Eastwood has always been a huge jazz fan, so his son Kyle was immersed in the classics from a very young age. He started playing electric bass when he was in high school, and quickly became a musical force to be reckoned with. Since releasing his first album at the age of 20, he’s toured the world and played at Carnegie Hall.

3. Kane Kosugi

Sho Kosugi was one of the most famous martial artists Japan ever produced, mastering ninjitsu, judo, aikido and other disciplines before transitioning into an acting career. His son Kane has carried on the family tradition in grand form. He’s the only American to ever make it to the final stage on Sasuke (known as Ninja Warrior here), which is pretty crazy.

2. Rashida Jones

Daughter of legendary producer Quincy Jones, Rashida Jones has lit up the small screen on The Office and Parks and Rec, as well as penning the screenplay for indie comedy-drama Celeste and Jesse Forever. Throw in a comic book series from Oni Press and doing guest vocals on a Tupac tribute album and you have a famous kid who definitely doesn’t suck.

1. Colin Hanks

The oldest of Tom Hanks’ three sons, Colin Hanks got into acting without leveraging his dad’s famous name. He started out on cult TV show Roswell in 1999 and since has had memorable roles on Dexter and Fargo. He’s also on Comedy Bang! Bang! this Friday at 11p.


Final Countdown

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


Rev Up

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.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…