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What to Watch on IFC in December

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The holidays are upon us, and in this final month of the year, IFC is giving the gift of dinner, music, cult film, a pot-dealing Christmas special and a New Year’s in New York you won’t soon forget.

Thursday, December 3rd beginning at 8pm, check out a night of indie cult films, featuring David Cronenberg’s “Crash”; the goofy low-budget special effects of “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai” and the NC-17 over-the-top ’70s flick “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” (written by film critic Roger Ebert!). And rounding it out, don’t miss William Shatner battling horrifying giant arachnids in “Kingdom of the Spiders.”

If you can’t make it to New York’s Times Square this New Year’s Eve to watch the ball drop, don’t sweat it — IFC has your ticket to the wildest city to be in December 31st with an all-day festival of Gotham-centric films starting at 7:15am. Tune in for Woody Allen classics like “Manhattan,” and “Annie Hall”; watch Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis duke it out in “Gangs of New York”; see Robert Downey Jr. grow out of the mean streets in “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints” and catch Macauley Culkin turning into a “Party Monster.” For a list of all the films, check out the full schedule for that day.

Also this month, IFC presents a not-so-typical “Ideal Christmas Special” chock full of holiday surprises. Moz is “dealing” with the holidays, and we don’t mean just pot — his mom pays a visit, and his pregnant girlfriend is making out with… another girl? Don’t miss it Tuesday, December 1st at 10:30pm, right before a brand new episode of “Dinner with the Band” featuring Sam Mason cooking up some seriously good food and conversation with a bunch of indie bands. Musical acts this month include Final Fantasy, Kid Sister and Flosstradamus, plus many more.

310x229_heathers.jpgPREMIERES THIS MONTH:

    • HEATHERS The prettiest, most popular girls in school, known as the Heathers, find their clique crumbling after a rebellious new boy shows up. Stars Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty. Premieres Fri., December 4th @ 7:15pm.
    • THE LIBERTINE Johnny Depp stars as John Wilmot, a 17th century poet and notorious rake whose excesses cause his death at a tragically young age, though he later earned critical acclaim for his work. Also stars John Malkovich and Samantha Morton. Premieres Sun., December 6th @ 11:00pm.
    • TOUCHING THE VOID Two young mountain climbers are faced with life and death when their trip to the Peruvian Andes goes awry in this documentary by Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland,” “State of Play”). Premieres Wed., December 9th @ 9:35pm.
    • SWEETIE A family get-together exposes the psychological realities of their dysfunctional situation in the debut film from director Jane Campion (“The Piano,” “Bright Star”). Premieres Thu., December 17th @ 6:15pm.
    • THE NAMESAKE Mira Nair (of “Monsoon Wedding,” “Mississippi Masala”) directs this adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri’s acclaimed novel about the son of Indian immigrants trying to find his place America. Stars Kal Penn and Jacinda Barrett. Premieres Thu., December 31st @ 10:35am.
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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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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.


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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WTF Films

Artfully Off

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…


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.


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).


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.


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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