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What to Watch on IFC: March 12-18


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We’re living large in Texas this week as we work to bring you the best that SXSW has to offer, but that doesn’t mean we forgot about you couch sitters at home. We have a full line up of the best films and shows ready to entertain you, while we try to figure out if the stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas like they say in “Peewee’s Big Adventure.”

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:


We were too busy slamming Lone Stars working extremely hard to remember to do this post yesterday, so how about we all watch the Comedy Bang! Bang! sneak peek again and pretend like this never happened. Look, it’s Paul F. Tompkins!

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After an illusion goes tragically wrong, two 19th-century magicians (Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale) engage in a bitter and potentially deadly rivalry. It’s “The Prestige” and it has David Bowie as Tesla, what else do you need to know? Oh, it’s on at 8 and 10:30 p.m. ET. Now go watch!


We’re getting in touch with our inner Oprah and giving frights to everyone tonight! There’s a little horror for you and a little horror for you and a little horror for you when we show “Open Water” at 8 and 9:45 p.m. ET and “Saw II” (with two times as much Donnie Wahlberg as “Saw I”) at 11:30 p.m. ET.


We’re having a party and everyone’s invited! Well everyone except the guy who brought Zima last time. Kid N’ Play’s “House Party” starts at 8 p.m. ET and goes until the cops bust it up. Everyone start rollin’:


Hey word nerds, drop the Words with Friends and watch “Wordplay” at 12:30 p.m. ET. The documentary follows New York Times crossword diety Will Shortz on an exploration of everyone’s favorite past time: The crossword puzzle. There are interviews with a variety of celebrity crossword-puzzle enthusiasts, including Bob Dole, Ken Burns, and Jon Stewart, plus a free trip to the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.


We’re showing David Fincher’s “Se7en” on St. Patrick’s Day, so if a leprechaun offers you a box of gold, DO NOT OPEN THE BOX. Slam a few green beers on your couch instead and tune in to see Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman get their cop drama on at 8 and 10:45 p.m. ET.


Cancel your plans, screw brunch, stay and watch our “Arrested Development” marathon on Sunday from 12 – 2 p.m. ET.


Rev Up

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.


Give Back

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…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.