Five reasons to watch John Carpenter’s “Escape From LA” tonight


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Tonight at 8/7c we are heading to Los Angeles Island to watch as Snake Plissken makes his daring escape (or does he?) before the world ends. Yep, we’re showing John Carpenter’s “Escape From LA” starring Kurt Russell as he once again takes up the eyepatch that he wore in John Carpenter‘s low-budget (who needs a budget when you have Snake?) dystopian action flick, “Escape From New York.”

In this sequel, a massive earthquake and the resulting flooding has turned Los Angeles into an island, which makes it the perfect prison for everyone who breaks the strict moral code set into place by the country’s tyrannical, religious fanatic President (Cliff Robertson). But after a powerful weapon that can shut down the power around the globe ends up in the hands of some revolutionaries (courtesy of the president’s rebellious daughter), the president has no choice but to turn to Snake for help. Our eyepatch-wearing anti-hero is sent to Los Angeles Island with a deadly virus strapped to him, set to go off and kill him, if he fails in his mission to reclaim the device and help the Commander in Chief out of a jam. Snake’s mission quickly turns into a bizarro adventure film with enough self-mockery that it’s downright fun to watch, even if you can’t help but wonder if maybe it’s satire. Either way: “Welcome to the human race.”

Here are five great reasons to watch “Escape From LA” tonight at 8/7c:

1. Pam Grier

Griere stars as Snake Plissken’s old friend Carjack Malone, but something is a little different about old Carjack. Since we last saw him in “Escape from New York,” he has become the transsexual gang leader Hershe Las Palmas played by the always awesome Pam Grier.

2. Cliff Robertson

The permanent President of the United States is a theocrat who outlawed tobacco, alcoholic beverages, red meat, firearms, profanity, non-Christian religions, atheism and non-marital sex and has no qualms about sending his own daughter to die. He’s played with frightening realism by Robertson, who you may recognize from “Three Days of the Condor.”

3. Bruce Campbell

There is no movie, no matter how awesome, that is not made even better by the addition of Bruce “Evil Dead” Campbell to the cast. “Escape From LA” does it by casting him as the Surgeon General of Beverly Hills. You’ll just have to watch to see what that means.

4. Steve Buscemi

After making his way to Los Angeles Island via personal submarine, Snake meets “Map to the Stars” Eddie (Steve Buscemi), a swindler who sells interactive tours of L.A.

5. Kurt Russell

If you haven’t seen Russell as Snake Plissken, you haven’t lived.

*Bonus*: 6. Peter Fonda

Keep your eyes peeled for Peter Fonda possibly playing himself as an old hippie surfer.

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“Escape From LA” airs tonight at 8 PM ET; Friday, Dec. 14 at 12:30 AM ET; Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 8 PM ET; Thursday, Dec. 20 at 1:00 AM ET; Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 8 PM ET; Thursday, Dec. 27 at 12:30 AM ET; Saturday, Jan. 5 at 8 PM ET; Sunday, Jan. 6 at 2:30 AM ET; Thursday, Jan. 10 at 10:15 PM ET; Friday, Jan. 11 at 2:45 AM ET

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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
Scott crying GIF

Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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