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Dan Aykroyd talks UFOs, recounts phone conversation with Britney Spears interrupted by Men in Black (yes, really)

Dan Aykroyd talks UFOs, recounts phone conversation with Britney Spears interrupted by Men in Black (yes, really) (photo)

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Recently, Dan Aykroyd sounded a little crazy, making claims that “Ghostbusters 3” would move ahead with or without Bill Murray. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg – if you want real intrigue, you apparently need to get Aykroyd started on unidentified flying objects.

While promoting his Crystal Head Vodka, a completely sane line of liquor packaged inside, naturally, a crystal skull, Aykroyd spoke to Open Minds about his belief in and experiences with extraterrestrial visitors.

The actor’s confidence in the existence of UFOs has already been explored in the 2005 documentary “Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs,” but apparently his belief in otherworldly contact stretches all the way back to childhood. The article at Open Minds notes that Aykroyd was first intrigued by the idea of UFOs when he saw a 1952 photograph of strange lights over the U.S. Capitol building. After that, all it took to hammer home a firm belief in UFOs was seeing the original “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” Apparently, Aykroyd found the plot of the classic black-and-white sci-fi film plausible, and believes that “if there is another species out there monitoring us, they would be observing how mankind is destroying the planet and would probably be concerned.”

The most fascinating (read: batshit) revelation, however, relates to the time that some “Men in Black” monitored Aykroyd’s phone call with Britney Spears. As Aykroyd spoke to his “Crossroads” co-star, he noticed the conspiracy theory mainstays observing him, but looked back a moment later to realize that they were gone. Shortly afterward, the producers of the program he was taping were ordered to shut it all down, a seemingly unremarkable coincidence until you realize that the show itself was about to totally blow the lid off this crazy UFO thing.

Watch the video interview below, and make sure to check out Open Minds, where members of the “research-based organization with a mission to investigate and report evidence of extraterrestial, UFO and other phenomena to a global audience” astutely point out that Aykroyd himself looked “mysteriously similar to the fabled ‘Men in Black'” in his 1980 film “The Blues Brothers.”

What do you think of Aykroyd’s claims of UFOs and “Men in Black”? Is he getting too close to the truth, or does someone just want him to quit encouraging Britney Spears? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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

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Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

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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

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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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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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