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What to Watch on IFC in March

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IFC has the most sought-after ticket this month to indie events across the country.

First stop: The 2010 Spirit Awards. Don’t miss the live event Friday, March 5th, at 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific, hosted by comedian Eddie Izzard, who John Cleese once labeled “the lost Python.” It’s a tough call on who will win this year, with critically praised films like “Crazy Heart,” a long overdue testament to the fine acting of Jeff Bridges, the deeply emotional indie “Precious,” the Coen brothers’ “A Serious Man,” (not to be confused with “A Single Man,” also nominated this year) and audience faves like “(500) Days of Summer,” featuring a sweet performance from Joseph Gordon Levitt.

To get a full recap of all the nominees, check out IFC’s Spirit Awards Nomination Special, airing this week and directly before the live event at 10:30pm Eastern/7:30pm Pacific. And catch up on past nominees and winners in IFC’s Best Fest, featuring “Platoon,” “Crash,” “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Sling Blade” and a whole lot more. Tune in for the best of the Spirit Awards all day Thursday, March 4th, and Friday, March 5th leading right up to this year’s ceremony .

03022010_loudquietloud.jpgJust three days later, IFC is taking you to Austin for SXSW, a festival featuring all things music, film and interactive related. Tune in beginning Monday, March 8th at 8pm for two full weeks of coverage, with back-to-back films that played at the festival, including “Go!,” “Cabin Fever” and docs including “Loudquietloud: A Film About the Pixies,” and “Heavy Metal in Baghdad.”

Plus, don’t miss episodes of the hilarious Brit comedy “The IT Crowd,” and performances “From the Basement” with Sonic Youth, The Shins, The White Stripes and many others. Also in the line-up, our original series “Dinner with the Band,” with master chef Sam Mason cooking up delish food in a Brooklyn loft and hosting musicians like Kid Sister, Yacht and Final Fantasy. And for a daily fix of what’s going on at SXSW, we’ll have updates from the festival every night at 10pm.

*On a side note, most of our series programming will be pre-empted during the full two weeks of SXSW coverage, including the Automat. Please check the on-air schedule to find out where to catch missed episodes from these weeks.

310x229_boondock_saints.jpgPREMIERES THIS MONTH:

    • BOONDOCK SAINTS In this cult classic, two brothers decide to rid Boston of thugs by knocking them off one by one, and no one, not even the FBI agent tracking them, thinks they’re doing anything wrong. Premieres Sun., March 7th @ 6:25PM.
    • HARD CANDY Before starring in “Juno,” Ellen Page gave a kick-ass performance as a young girl who meets an older man on the internet, and decides to take things into her own hands when she suspects him to be a pedophile. Premieres Mon., March 8th @ 10:30PM.
    • LAYER CAKE A drug dealer on the verge of retirement (Daniel Craig) is given two tough final assignments to complete. Premieres Tue., March 9th @ 10:30PM.
    • PROOF A young woman dealing with her father’s death ends up falling for an ex-student of his, who happens to be trying to dig up clues on the former professor’s life. Ensemble cast includes Sir Anthony Hopkins, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Gyllenhaal. Premieres Fri., March 19th @ 11AM.
    • THE ORDER A young priest is given the task of investigating the death of the head of his order. Stars Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon and Benno Furmann. Premieres Fri., March 26th @ 7PM.

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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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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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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…