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Everyone’s At It

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Fiction be damned this week as the documentary makes an impressively strong showing amongst the new releases. For those who simply must make believe, there are vampire slayers, guys and girls in love, guys and guys in love, and a guy pretending to be a guy who loves other guys.

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“Blood: The Last Vampire”
Since beginning its (after)life back in 2000 as an animated feature, the teen-oriented “Blood” saga has spawned a comic book sequel, three novels, a video game and a 50-episode anime TV series. Now “Crouching Tiger” producer William Kong delivers an English language live-action version with a script from “Fearless” scribe Chris Chow and “Kiss of the Dragon” helmer Chris Nahon in the big chair. South Korean actress Gianna Jun stars as Saya, a 400-year-old half-human who, on order from a secret organization known as The Council, hunts and slays the undead minions of a demon named Onigen in post-WWII Japan.
Opens in limited release.

“Brüno”
Cinema’s premier shock artist Sacha Baron Cohen returns to unleash another of his provocative alter egos on an (allegedly) unsuspecting populace. As flaming fashionista Brüno, the host of the Austrian fashion TV show “Funkyzeit,” Cohen inflicts his singular brand of assault and battery on a variety of unsuspecting celebrities and members of the public in ways that will divide audiences like a laser. Between this and “Borat,” we should be able to finally calculate the median amount of money your film needs to make before people decide their character has been defamed and file suit.
Opens wide.

“Facing Ali”
Muhammad Ali was undoubtedly one of the greatest and most storied fighters in the history of professional boxing. Here, director Pete McCormack takes the unusual step of exploring what it was like to stand in the opposite corner, collecting testimony from a multitude of opponents who found themselves on the receiving end of the flamboyant showman’s punches and, in some cases, his politics. Speaking extensively with ten of Ali’s most famous rivals including Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Sir Henry Cooper, McCormack explores the pain and the paydays of some of the defining bouts of their respective careers.
Opens in Los Angeles.

“Humpday”
Now that the Apatow stable has turned bromance into box office gold, it was only a matter of time before someone took the concept to its logical conclusion. Writer/director Lynn Shelton, who likely has a post-mumblecore breakout hit on her hands, wrings out the wince-inducing gags and gets to the core of male friendship with this comic sexual satire. Mark Duplass co-stars as Ben, an easygoing husband and would-be father who feels the pangs of bachelorhood after his free-spirited buddy Andrew (Joshua Leonard) drops in unannounced and the two dare each other to enter a local pornography festival together. Only the simple matter of filming themselves in the act stands between them and total artistic triumph.
Opens in New York and Seattle.

“I Love You, Beth Cooper”
Given that the luster of seeing Hayden Panettiere in a cheerleader outfit has worn off the once mighty “Heroes,” do we really need a movie built on that same idea? Chris Columbus thinks so as he helms Larry Doyle’s screen adaptation of his own novel into this innocuous teen comedy. Once more cast as the high school hottie, Panettiere stars as the titular object of affection for nerdy valedictorian Denis (Paul Rust), who embarks on a wild night of romantic self-discovery after professing his love for Cooper during his graduation speech.
Opens wide.

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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…

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A-O Rewind

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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