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Get ready Trekkies: Introducing Star Trek week

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A long time ago in a galaxy far far away ….wait. That’s not right. We’re not showing that Disney film! We’re showing “Star Trek.” This Saturday we are kicking off a whole week’s worth of awesome with “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” at 8/7c. In the first foray of the popular television show onto the silver screen, Adm. Kirk (William Shatner), Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) and crew embark in the overhauled Enterprise to find an intelligent entity called VGER.

Then on Sunday we’re re-airing “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” at 5:15 p.m. ET followed by “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” at 8/7c where Ricardo Montalban stars as the ultimate evil villain Khan, who may or may not be Chaka Khan’s cousin. While you should definitely watch, whatever you do, don’t let him near your ears.

Starting Monday we’ll be throwing “Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock” into the mix starting at 8/7c. In the third installment, Captain Kirk and the crew steal the old Enterprise and head for Vulcan to reunite the mind and body of Mr. Spock. Why? It may not be logical, but it’s the right thing to do.

After you vote, tune in on Tuesday at 8/7c for “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” where Spock, Captain Kirk and the Enterprise time-travel to modern-day San Francisco to bring humpback whales to the 23rd century. That’s right: Whales, motherfucker! So much better than watching election results.

On Wednesday, who ever is the new President of the United States, we will be watching “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” at 8/7c. This time a renegade Vulcan makes Kirk, Spock, McCoy (DeForest Kelley) and the Enterprise go to a planet at the center of the galaxy.

While “Star Trek V” was called “The Final Frontier,” fear not, because we have another installment of the film franchise on Thursday: “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” kicks off at 8/7c. This time Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and the Enterprise encounter sabotage on the way to peace talks with the Klingon Federation.

Capping off the week we have a surplus of Captains. In “Star Trek Generations,” Capt. Kirk and Capt. Picard (Patrick Stewart) team up to thwart mad Dr. Soran’s (Malcolm McDowell) quest for the Nexus of joy. Fans of the old school and new school Star Trek can hold hands and tune in together at 8/7c.

But that’s not all folks! On Saturday, we inaugurate Star Trek: The Next Generation as commander of the film franchise. AT 8/7c we’re showing “Star Trek: First Contact” with Captain Jean-Luc Picard at the helm with William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) at his side. They and their crew set off to stop the half-robot Borg from sabotaging a historic rocket flight in 2063.

Finally, on Sunday, we’re showing “Star Trek: Insurrection” at 8/7c. In the final Star Trek: The Next Generation film, to uphold the principles of his Starfleet oath and save an alien race, Capt. Picard (Patrick Stewart) defies Federation orders.

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“Star Trek: The Motion Picture” airs Sunday at 8/7c; “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” airs Sunday at 8/7c; “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” airs Monday at 8/7c”; “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” airs Tuesday at 8/7c; “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” airs Wednesday at 8/7c; “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” airs Thursday at 8/7c; “Star Trek Generations” airs Friday at 8/7c; “Star Trek: First Contact” airs Saturday at 8/7c; “Star Trek: Insurrection” at 8/7c

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Spirit Guide

Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

The five best Twisted Sister videos

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The thing with “Strangeland,”which we’re showing tonight at 8/7c, is that in many ways, it’s a cautionary tale warning of the dangers of online chatrooms. Sure nowadays everyone knows that any ten-year old girl in a chatroom is probably an undercover FBI agent waiting to play Catch the Predator and that if you accept the offer of a free at-home massage on Craig’s List you’re just begging to star in the next installment of a made for TV movie about serial killers, but back when the internet first started pumping through it’s pipes and tubes, people were innocent. That’s where “Strangeland” came in like the scariest afterschool special ever.

In the movie, teenagers Genevieve (Freaks & Geeks’ Linda Cardellini) and Tiana (Amat Rhoe) make some friends on the internet and soon are invited to attend a party hosted by someone who goes by the screen name “Captain Howdy.” Luckily none of you would fall for that, because being pop culturally savvy you would recognize “Captain Howdy” as the evil demon in “The Exorcist.” Unfortunately the girls haven’t watched nearly enough movies and naturally the “party” ends up being a trap to lure them into a world of torture and “body art” that would give pause to even Jigsaw of the “Saw” movies. Genevieve’s father, local cop Mike Gage (Kevin Gage), is soon on the case and tracks down the culprit, a severe schizophrenic named Carleton Hendricks (Dee Snider). However, Hendricks’ subsequent arrest and “rehabilitation” ends up being only the beginning of an even bigger nightmare, spurned on by the lynching tactics of the neighborhood’s most enraged father, Jackson Roth (Robert Englund a.k.a. Freddie Krueger). Snider, who stars as the friendly neighborhood psycho, also wrote the screenplay. But those in the know know that Dee Snider is the frontman for ’80s hair metal band Twisted Sister, and that’s all the excuse we need to get our hair metal on.

Here are the five best Twisted Sister videos with special appearances by Bobcat Goldthwait and Peewee Herman:

5. “Leader of the Pack”

4. “I Wanna Rock”

3. “We’re Not Gonna Take It”

2. “Be Chrool to Your Scuel”

1. “Burn in Hell”

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“Strangeland” airs on IFC tonight at 8/7c; Friday, Nov. 2 at 11:45 PM ET; Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 8:00 PM ET; Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 11:30 PM ET; Thursday, Nov. 29 at 9:00 PM ET; Thursday, Nov. 29 at 10:45 PM ET

Five favorite Bill Murray comedy roles

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“It just doesn’t matter! It just doesn’t matter!” may be our favorite refrain when our hide and seek team loses a match, but you know what does matter? That we’re showing “Meatballs” today at 4:15 p.m. ET. Yep, as winter starts to set in, we’re going to be watching the summer camp classic. After all, we’re talking about Bill Murray at his screwball best as the head counselor at Camp Northstar. Comedy, romance, and, of course, wacky hijinks ensue as the frazzled counselors and their hyperactive campers (where was the Ritalin in 1979, man?) prepare for their annual competition against the super athletes enrolled at Camp Mohawk. “Meatballs” was the first major directorial effort by multi-talented filmmaker Ivan Reitman, whose name has since become synonymous with the comedy genre. So roast some marshmallows over the stove, make a lanyard, and host a hot dog eating contest for one, we won’t judge! Well, not much anyway.

Here are five of our favorite Bill Murray comedy roles to get you in the mood for this afternoon’s movie:

5. Dr. Peter Venkman in “Ghostbusters”

4. Tripper in “Meatballs”

3. Carl Spackler in “Caddyshack”

2. John in “Stripes

1. Ernie McCracken in “Kingpin”

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“Meatballs” airs today at 4:15 p.m. ET

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