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What to Watch on IFC in August 2008

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This month, IFC presents a brand new semi-scripted original series, Z ROCK. By night, Brooklyn-based rockers ZO2 are budding rock stars with groupies and backstage antics – they’re thisclose to making it big. But to pay the bills, they perform during the day as “The Z Brothers” at kiddie parties for affluent families. Their manager hooks up Dave Navarro as director of their music video, and books gigs opening for her aunt, Joan Rivers. These fun-loving guys are just trying to make it in the business while dealing with real life. Z ROCK premieres Sunday, August 24th beginning at 11:30PM Eastern/Pacific. Keep your eyes open for celebrity guest appearances throughout the season, including Dave Attell, Sebastian Bach, Dee Snider and many more.

320x240_dreamers.jpgAnd, while August usually brings scorching weather to a close, things are just heating up with IFC’s Summer Sizzler. Turn the AC way up on Thursday, August 7th, because it’s going to be one steamy night. Strippers, threesomes and porn will have you wiping the sweat from your forehead over…and over…and over again. Featuring “Dancing at the Blue Iguana,” “The Dreamers,” the very erotic “When Will I Be Loved,” and the premiere of an IFC documentary, “Larry Flynt: The Right to Be Left Alone,” all about the free speech advocator who built his empire from three little letters: XXX.

Plus, be sure to check out “Clerks” this month on IFC. If you feared tuning in for the Bennifer “Jersey Girl” flick last month, give yourself a reminder of Kevin Smith’s directorial talent with his very first feature film. “Clerks,” which was made for less than $30K, is about two convenience store workers who spend a day doing anything but their job, and has become an instant cult classic.

PREMIERES TO LOOK FOR IN AUGUST:

  • “TRANSAMERICA” – Independent Spirit Award winner and Oscar nominee Felicity Huffman gives a stellar performance as a man transitioning into a woman who discovers she fathered a son. Premieres Sunday, August 24th at 8:30PM Eastern.
  • “THE NEW WORLD” – In between moonlighting as Batman, Christian Bale played John Rolfe, an Englishman who found himself in a love triangle with Indian Princess Pocahontas. Colin Farrell also gives a rather remarkable performance as John Smith. Premieres Monday, August 4th at 9PM Eastern.
  • “THE FLORENTINE” – Twists and turns in various peoples’ lives all lead to the same bar in one small town. Good script, good direction and great cast, including the late Chris Penn. Premieres Monday, August 18th at 9PM Eastern.
  • Also, it’s not a full-length film, but these chicks pack a whole lot of punch. The documentary short “THE FIGHTING CHOLITAS” premieres in August, about a group of female Bolivian wrestlers who fight in traditional skirts. Also look out for “LA LECON DE DANSE” (aka “The Dance Lesson”), in which a man shares his ability to perform some unusual dance moves.

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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 IFC.com

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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.

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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…