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What to Watch on IFC in June

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310x229_theoppositeofsex.jpgOh, the horror! If our Grindhouse flick every Friday at midnight isn’t enough to send you running for cover, get ready for a triple threat of thrills and exploitation every Thursday in June. Kicking off at 9pm ET, it’s back to back to back thrill and chill featuring classic horror films like “Eaten Alive” (featuring a young Robert Englund, pre-Freddy Krueger in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” series), Joe Dante’s “The Howling”, John Carpenter’s “The Fog” (which literally petrified me into thinking creatures would appear whenever the weather called for non-visible conditions after seeing it as a kid,), “Return of the Living Dead” and a slew of others that’ll leave you screaming for more.

310x229_theoppositeofsex.jpgThis June, IFC is also celebrating gay pride month with fabulously queer cinema every Friday night in “Out at the Movies.” Boldly going where mainstream films won’t, these indies don’t hold back when it comes to same-sex love. Don’t miss this chance to catch Christina Ricci trying to steal her brother’s boyfriend in “The Opposite of Sex,” a teen dealing with his crush on a male classmate in “Wild Tigers I Have Known” and a pair of boarding school girls secretly getting frisky (while a young Mischa Barton observes from afar) in “Lost and Delirious.” Tune in for a double dose of girl-on-girl and guy-on-guy relations all month long.

And of course, June is also the month IFC premieres our original doc “Heavy Load,” which follows four members of the UK band Heavy Load over the course of a year. Filmmaker Jerry Rothwell captures the struggle of these musicians, some with mental handicaps, as they try to fulfill their dreams of becoming successful rockers. “Heavy Load” premiered at the 2008 SxSW Film Festival, and has its first gig on IFC Monday, June 23rd at 9pm ET/10pm PT.

PREMIERING IN JUNE:

  • “Made” The much-anticipated Vince Vaughn/Jon Favreau reunion after their indie darling “Swingers,” “Made” takes the duo on a comedic journey into organized crime. The famous phrase “You’re so money!” from their original teaming takes on new meaning in the follow-up. Saturday, June 7th at 9pm ET.
  • “Body of Evidence” The one “body” of film work Madonna actually did a decent job with, this film is pure erotica as she plays a woman engaging in a dirty affair with the lawyer hired to defend her. Monday, June 9th at 9pm ET.
  • “Stay” Ryan Gosling (“Half Nelson,” “Lars and the Real Girl”) is in it. ‘Nuff said. Thursday, June 12 at 8:50am ET.
  • “Mistress” While some still deny the casting couch ever existed, this one argues otherwise. A screenwriter shopping his script around to potential financiers runs into the same obstacle with them all: each wants his own mistress to star in the film. Danny Aiello and Robert DeNiro are just a few of the noteworthy performances. Friday, June 20 at 6pm ET.
  • “Scanners” Eccentric director David Cronenberg takes psychosis to an extreme in this film about a man with superior mental powers on the hunt to find others just like him. Thursday, June 26 at 10:35pm ET.

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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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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…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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