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Love the shows on IFC? Did you know that you can buy them on iTunes or Amazon and watch them on your portable electronic device on the train to grandma’s house? You know your grandmother would like it if you visited more. Let IFC help make that trip over the river and through the woods to the subdivision that much more enjoyable. Now you just have to decide whether to watch or Z Rock. Which would Nana like?

Need some pointers on the zombie apocalypse? Download Dead Set while the undead beat on your door. Did you miss an episode of The IT Crowd and don’t know what Roy and Moss did that everyone’s talking about around the watercooler? Download the episode and watch in the bathroom before the next staff meeting! Become unbeatable at pub trivia night when you round out your Monty Python knowledge with the documentary Monty Python: Almost The Truth (The Lawyers’ Cut). Find out whether Jon Dore ever increased his self esteem. Watch Les Savy Fav fricassee stuff on Dinner with the Band. Yes, you can do it! Make your parents proud and download now.

You and grandma can even watch Food Party. Here Thu is a vampire who has raised the ire of a little German boy for taking his pet duck. It all ends well since the little German boy is reunited with his beloved duck …but only after he is turned into a vampire. Oh well!


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.

What to Watch on IFC: December 5 – December 12

What to Watch on IFC: December 5 – December 12 (photo)

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While we are getting a bunch of great comedy programming in 2011 (Mr. Show! Larry Sanders!), don’t worry, we are closing out 2010 with a bang … and a pow, kersplat, and shazam, too. Trust us, Layer Cake has a lot of sound effect worthy moments.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:


On tonight’s episode of Undeclared, Steven gets introduced to the Bible, because college is all about experimentation. And he may want to pray if Lizzie’s boyfriend makes good on his promise to pummel him. Catch three episodes back-to-back beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET.


Nicolas Cage is the Lord of War. Thank goodness it is just a movie role and all this acting isn’t just a very elaborate cover story, right? Right? The fun starts at 11 p.m. ET.

Here’s the trailer:


Lars Von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark airs at 4:30 p.m. ET. Brace yourself and bring a lot of tissues, because this movie will make you cry. The music, however, will not. Well, maybe a little:


Go on a holy quest with Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, and all the Pythons in Monty Python’s Quest for the Holy Grail. The quest starts at 8 p.m. ET. Don’t be late or the Nights Who Say Nik will have at you.


Daniel Craig and cake, what else do you need for a hot Friday night? Catch Matthew Vaughn’s Layer Cake at 7:45 p.m. ET.


Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney vs. Vampires. You know those two would have wiped out certain sparkle vamps in no time, but it just takes a little longer against the Texas-style chompers. Catch the action in Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Til Dawn at 10:30 p.m. ET


You think you are leaving the house for some economy-stimulating present buying, but then you realize there’s an Arrested Development marathon on the air. Buy your Christmas presents online and in front of the television like decent folk. The fun starts at noon ET.

We’re Asking: What’s Your Favorite Terry Gilliam Movie?

We’re Asking: What’s Your Favorite Terry Gilliam Movie?  (photo)

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We love Terry Gilliam. From his work as Monty Python’s animator-in-chief to his many and sundry hilarious roles in Monty Python’s Flying Circus (on today from 7:05 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET) to “Life of Brian”, there is nothing about this Python we don’t like.

We love Gilliam’s work in front of the camera almost as much as his work behind the camera. Gilliam’s work directing “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” has lead to a very prolific career as a director. One could easily argue that out of all his castmates, he has the most successful post-Python career. His movies have spanned decades, ranging from cult classic “Time Bandits” in 1975 to even more cult (culter?) classic “Brazil” in 1985 to “Twelve Monkeys” in 1995 to the “Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus” in 2009 and he has “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” in pre-production. His movies feature strange, fantastical and dystopian worlds populated with unusual characters you probably wouldn’t meet anywhere else.

During his time behind the camera, Gilliam has worked with some of the best and brightest (and clearly the most attractive) actors including Sean Connery, Brad Pitt, Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, and Benicio Del Toro. The hardest question when it comes to Terry Gilliam’s body of work is: How do you choose your favorite?

Never ones to shy away from the tough questions, we’re asking: What’s your favorite Terry Gilliam movie? Tell us in the comments.

Here are a few trailers to help you decide:

“Time Bandits”:


“The Adventures of Baron Munchausen”:

“Fisher King”:

“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”:

“12 Monkeys”:

How will you ever choose?

Monty Python’s Flying Circus airs today from 7:05 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

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