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Five Johnny Depp Roles We Love

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On Sunday, wrap up the potluck, pack up your church clothes and be on your couch by 8 p.m. ET because we are showing Tim Burton’s adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” The film stars Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd, an ex-convict embittered at having been wrongly imprisoned and determined to seek vengeance against his accusers due to the grim fate that befell his wife and daughter while he was incarcerated. To exact his revenge, he returns to his hometown and opens a modest barber shop. The one thing different about Todd’s shop, however, is that no one who walks in for a trim is ever seen again. The film also stars Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Timothy Spall, and Alan Rickman.

Depp’s portrayal of Todd is everything we love about the actor: Manic, wild, and wholly invested in the role. Depp has made a name for himself on a truly diverse filmography that ranges from straight roles like Donnie Brasco to Lieutenant Victor in “Before Night Falls” to Ed Wood. He’s name is synonymous with Captain Jack Sparrow and the Mad Hatter and Benny from “Benny and Joon” and Rango. And don’t think Detective Tom Hanson isn’t still number one in our hearts, because he is and the forthcoming “21 Jump Street” movie will be watched many many times. Depp has an eye for finding great roles, so when it came time to pick five, well, we just did the best we could.

Here are five Johnny Depp roles we love, but obviously there are a lot more we would watch over and over again:

5. William Blake in “Dead Man”

4. Sweeney Todd in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

3. Cry Baby in “Cry Baby”

2. Gilbert Grape in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”

1. Edward Scissorhands in “Edward Scissorhands”

“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” airs on IFC on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. ET; Monday, Oct. 3 at 2 a.m. ET; Saturday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. ET; Sunday, Oct. 16 at 12:15 a.m. ET; Thursday, Oct. 27 at 9 p.m. ET; and Friday, Oct. 28 at 12:30 a.m. ET

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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…