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What to Watch on IFC: August 30-September 5

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Monday
When the local steel mill closes, two men with nothing to lose come up with a unique way to raise money …as well as more than a few eyebrows. The Full Monty was a major box-office hit both in England and the United States and was nominated for Academy Awards as Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. The Full Monty airs at 7:35 p.m. ET.

Tuesday
The adventures of Roy, Moss and Jen in the underbelly of the Reynholm Corporation continue in Series 4 of the BBC comedy ‘The IT Crowd’. Don’t forget to read our interview with creator, writer, and director Graham Linehan. The new episode starts at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Wednesday
Javier Bardem shot to super star status after his stunning and sobering portrayal of a quadriplegic who wants to die with dignity in The Sea Inside. It plays at 11:45 a.m. ET, so set your DVR and watch it with a box of tissues later.

Thursday
It’s Jon Favreau double feature day! The fun kicks off with Made, Favreau’s directorial debute, is a reunion with his Swingers co-star Vince Vaughn with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Peter Falk. Next is The Big Empty where Jon Favreau learns the hard way that money never comes easy.

Friday
Every Friday night we are showing back-to-back episodes of the Kids in the Hall’s eight-part miniseries Death Comes to Town. Wacky hijinks and cross dressing mix with murder surprisingly well. The fun starts at 10 p.m. ET. Bring your own wig.

Saturday
The glorious lovechild of writer Quentin Tarantino and director Robert Rodriguez, From Dusk til Dawn premieres on IFC tonight. The gory action flick stars George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino as the notorious Gecko brothers who are on the run from the FBI. They kidnap a family to make their escape to Mexico, but the fun really starts when the desperadoes hide out at the Titty Twister saloon, which turns out to be a haven for vampires. It starts at 8 p.m. ET

Sunday
Catch up on past episodes of Ideal. The extremely off-beat BBC comedy stars Johnny Vegas as a pot dealer who works almost exclusively out of his very unkempt apartment. A quirky cast of characters parades through the pad, entertaining the audience as much as they disturb Johnny. The Ideal marathon runs from noon to 3 p.m. ET.

Underworld

Under Your Spell

10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

360 Sessions: A Look Behind the Music

360 Sessions: A Look Behind the Music (photo)

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From IFC comes a new documentary series that takes viewers behind the scenes with their favorite musicians. 360 Sessions is a unique music series driven entirely by the artists and filmed in major cities around the world, including New York, LA, London, and Copenhagen. Travel around the world as artists tell their stories in their own words in their own spaces.

In intimate conversations with musicians as diverse as Snoop Dogg, The Editors, David Gray, and Stereophonics, 360 Sessions explores the artists’ influences, experiences, and private lives that inform their music. Each interview is paired with three musical performances in a location of the artist’s choosing.

The show premieres on Tuesday, September 7 at 9:00/8:00c, but we have a sneak peek of two of the artists appearing on the show.

Here’s Snoop Dogg in Long Beach, California:

Here Stereophonics perform in Cardiff, Wales:

The Kids in the Hall Pick Their Top Ten Sketches of All Time: Grand Finale

The Kids in the Hall Pick Their Top Ten Sketches of All Time: Grand Finale (photo)

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Tonight, tonight! (That can be sung to the tune of either Smashing Pumpkins or West Side Story, choice is yours.) Tonight, tonight! Death Comes to Town tonight! While that might bring up images of Ingmar Bergman and chessboards, we are, of course, talking about the eight-part miniseries that will mark the return of the Kids in the Hall to American television. Tune in tonight at 10 p.m. ET for back-to-back episodes.

All week we’ve been counting down the Top Ten sketches as selected by the Kids themselves. Miss something? Watch Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

The final sketch in our countdown of the Top Ten Kids in the Hall Sketches is (drumroll, please)…Sizzle Sisters!

In this sketch, Kevin and Dave star as Jerry and Jerry Sizzler, two clearly insane guys who think they’re lounge singing sisters:

To fan the fires of Kids in the Hall fandom, here is a clip from episode 1 of ‘Death Comes to Town’. Tune in tonight at 10 p.m. ET for the full episode.

Was your favorite sketch not in the Top Ten? Tell us in the comments:

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