Being AMC’s sibling is pretty sweet. Not only do we get to cheer on “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men” at all the awards show, but sometimes our big sister network let’s us do awesome things like air a marathon of Kevin Smith’s “Comic Book Men.” The show follows all the action at “Clerks” director Kevin Smith’s comic book shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, in Red Bank, NJ. If you need to catch up on Season 2 of Comic Book Men before Kevin Smith and the guys from the Secret Stash return on Thursday, Feb. 14, then you’re in luck: This Saturday, Feb. 9, we will be airing all eight episodes from the first half of Season 2 back-to-back beginning at 1:30pm/12:30c.
Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.
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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes. It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all. Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.
1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series
The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes! Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?
2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.
Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.
3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series
The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.
4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man
After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.
5. Molly/Sam, Ghost
When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.
When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.
6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black
It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.
Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.
7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings
On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.
Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?
8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood
True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).
In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.
9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series
There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.
Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!
10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who
Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.
But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.
It’s February and Groundhog’s Day has come and gone and whether you’re a fan of Punxsutawney Phil or Stan Island Stan or some other oversized rodent entirely, spring is coming. But not yet. It’s still cold and sleeting and hailing and freezing and raining and freezing raining. So just do the smart thing and leave the great outdoors to the groundhogs and stay inside watching IFC.
Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:
Christopher Walken takes us into “The Dead Zone” at 8/7c. Can you think of a better tour guide to the creepy world built by David Cronenbergy in his adaptation of the even creepier Stephen King novel? No, no you cannot.
Fluff your hair, put on your Raybans and find a white suit because we’re showing “Less Than Zero” at 3:45PM/2:45c. The film is based on Bret Easton Ellison’s 80s Gone Wild novel and stars Andrew McCarthy and Jami Gertz as Beverly Hills rich kids trying to help their friend played by Robert Downey Jr. who is hooked on cocaine.
At 8PM/ 7c Tom Hanks stars in “Charlie Wilson’s War.” The film casts Hanks as a congressman who, along with a socialite (Julia Roberts) and a CIA agent (Philip Seymour Hoffman), is instrumental to the funding of freedom fighters working against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
Before they entered “The Matrix,” the Wachowskis were “Bound,” their violent yet highly stylized neo-noir thriller made for quite the directorial debut. The film stars Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon as a gangster’s moll and an ex-con who embark on a scheme to swipe a mobster’s moolah. It starts at 10/9c.
“Batman & Robin” starring George Clooney and Chris O’Donnell as the titular caped crusaders join forces with Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone) to try and stop Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman) from wreaking revenge upon the world. It starts at 7:15 p.m. ET and is followed by a brand new episode of Fred Armisen’s and Carrie Brownstein’s sketch comedy show “Portlandia” starts at 10/9c.
AMC’s hit reality show “Comic Book Men” comes to IFC with a marathon of episodes kicking off at 1:30 p.m. ET. The show is set at “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and “Clerks” creator Kevin Smith’s comic book shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, in Red Bank, New Jersey. Tune in for back-to-back episodes and get ready for the geeks to inherit the earth when season two starts Thursday, Feb. 14th, 9/8c on AMC.
Spend Sunday with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover when we show “Lethal Weapon 4″ at 3:45 p.m. ET. In their continuing adventures, the dynamic duo reprise their roles as Los Angeles police partners who take on members of a Chinese triad who are smuggling families from the mainland.
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There are a lot of things to love about the city of Portland: It’s eco-friendly, dog friendly, fashion friendly and just plain friendly. That said, the weather (especially in winter) can sometimes leave something to be desired:
Portland is a wonderful city that just happens to not see the sun very often, especially in winter and fall and sometimes spring, too. That doesn’t mean we don’t love the fair City of Roses, in fact all that rain is why it’s called the City of Roses. However, when the sun does come out, while we are happy to see Mother Nature shining down on us, it can be a bit daunting:
In this clip from last Friday’s episode we once again saw the brave citizens of Portlandia (as portrayed by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein) doing their best to cope with the sun. Watch now and be sure to tune in for a brand new episode of Portlandia on Friday at 10/9c:
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AMC’s “Comic Book Men” season 2 marathon airs on IFC this Saturday