The Noise Pop Festival is finally old enough to drink. That’s right, Noise Pop is celebrating its 21st year as San Francisco’s favorite indie music, arts and film festival and we’ll be there to help celebrate. The seminal independent music and arts festival will take place throughout the Bay Area from February 26 to March 3rd and we’re hosting a happy hour on Feb. 22nd to help raise a glass (or three) to Noise Pop.
Whether your interested in film, music or arts, Noise Pop has something for everyone. This year’s festival includes the films “Turning,” a documentary featuring Antony and the Johnsons, “Punk in Africa” and “See A Light: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Bob Mould.” This year’s musical performances include Toro y Moi, Amon Tobin, !!!, STRFCKR, Rogue Wave, YACHT, Sinkane, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and many more.
Join IFC’s Happy Hour at 1772 Market St. on February 22 at 8 pm. Come check out the latest episode of Portlandia, get some sweet swag and have a quick peek at the new animated series Out There as well as other comedy series premiering this season on IFC.
Once you watch Bob Mould play Sugar’s “Hoover Dam” at last year’s Noise Pop Festival, you’ll know this festival isn’t one to be missed. See you there!:
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Under Your Spell
10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart
Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.
Posted by Emmy Potter on Photo Credit: Screen Gems/courtesy Everett Collection
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.
Guess what happened while you were blizzard watching: We announced that we ordered up a second season Comedy Bang! Bang! like it was boozy hot chocolate on a snow day. But we like the show so much we couldn’t help but order twice as many episodes. That’s right, that means twice as much Scott Aukerman, twice as much Reggie Watts, and, like, 12 times as many laughs, because IFC has ordered 20 episodes, which for you math-heads out there, is double the first season’s order. The second season of Comedy Bang! Bang! will air in ten episode arcs on IFC. The first ten episodes will debut in third quarter 2013 with the remaining ten slated to air in fourth quarter. Production is currently underway in Los Angeles.
Comedy Bang! Bang! riffs on the late night talk show format, infusing celebrity appearances and comedy sketches with a tinge of the surreal. Aukerman engages his guests with unfiltered and improvisational lines of questioning, punctuated by banter and beats provided by musical cohort Reggie Watts (Conan), to reinvent the traditional celebrity interview. Season one featured a rotating line-up of well-known comedians and actors, including Amy Poehler and Zach Galifianakis along with others which can be seen here.
If you’re not already hooked, watch this clip with David Cross from Comedy Bang! Bang!’s first season:
The Dream of the 90s isn’t just for Portlandia anymore! The dream is alive on IFC when we bring 90s nostalgia to our network with a double feature of 90s action classic “Lethal Weapon 3″ and “Lethal Weapon 4″ starting at 8/7c on Saturday. So comb your mullet and practice saying “I’m too old for this shit!” because you’re not going to want to miss watching Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in action as Los Angeles police detectives. In “Lethal Weapon 3″ the odd couple detectives crush a guns-to-gangs operation with a wild woman (Rene Russo) from internal affairs who gives Mel Gibson a run for his money in the crazy department, which is really saying something:
In “Lethal Weapon 4,” the partners team up to take down members of a Chinese triad who are smuggling families from the mainland. Who you gonna call when you need an assist? Chris Rock, because why not, right? “Lethal Weapon 4″ starts Saturday at 10:30/9:30 c:
If just watching the trailers didn’t convince you to tune in, here are five reasons to watch Lethal Weapon on Saturday:
5. Rene Russo
4. Chris Rock
3. Joe Pesci
2. Mel Gibson’s Hair
1. Danny Glover
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“Lethal Weapon 3″ airs on IFC on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 PM ET; Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3 AM ET; Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 8 PM ET; Thursday, Feb. 14 at 10:45 AM ET; Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8:30 PM ET; Monday, Feb. 25 at 2:45 AM ET and Sunday, Mar. 10 at 1 AM ET; “Lethal Weapon 4″ airs on IFC on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10:30 PM ET; Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3:45 PM ET; Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 10:30 PM ET; Thursday, Feb. 14 at 1:15 PM ET; Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 11:30 PM ET; Thursday, Feb. 28 at 11 AM ET; Sunday, Mar. 10 at 6:30 PM ET; Monday, Mar. 11 at 12 AM ET