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The Batman is coming to IFC

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Tonight at 7:15 p.m. ET we are lighting up the sky over Gotham with the Bat Signal, because the Dark Knight is coming to IFC. Tim Burton’s 1989 “Batman” is the big-screen response to the serious (and seriously violent) revisionist comic book tales of the ’80s. The film reimagines Gotham as a foreboding industrial metropolis where billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton) spends his nights as a masked vigilante, striking fear into the hearts of the city’s criminals. His Caped Crusader battles the Joker (Jack Nicholson) in both war over Gotham and love in the form of Kim Basinger’s Vicki Vale.

Then on Saturday at 8/7c, Batman returns under the watchful eye of Tim Burton. In “Batman Returns,” Michael Keaton once again dons the mask and cape to defend Gotham City as only Tim Burton could imagine it — a bleak, snow-covered postmodern variation on Charles Dickens’ London. The city faces a new threat: the deformed, sinister Oswald Cobblepot, aka the Penguin (Danny DeVito), whose team-up with industrial tycoon Max Schreck (Christopher Walken) to run for Mayor hides a twisted plan to kill all of the town’s first-born sons. As if that biblical shit wasn’t enough, Batman has to deal with Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer), an anarchic menace who might very well be his soul mate. Or not.

Saturday’s double feature continues with “Batman Forever” when Keaton hands the keys to the Batmobile over to Val Kilmer and Tim Burton passes the directorial duties over to Joel Schumacher. This time around Batman’s enemies include disgruntled Wayne Enterprises employee Edward Nygma a.k.a. The Riddler (Jim Carrey), former District Attorney Harvey Dent (Tommy Lee Jones,), whose hideous facial scarring has transformed him into Two-Face. It’s also the first time that Dick Grayson (Chris O’Donnell), joins the new Batman franchise. Plus Batman gets a love interest in hottie shrink Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman),

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“Batman” airs tonight at 7:15 p.m. ET; Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2 AM ET; Thursday, Feb. 14 at 8 PM ET; Friday, Feb. 15 at 1:30 AM ET; Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 8 PM ET; Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 12:30 AM E; TMonday, Feb. 25 at 8 PM ET; and Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 1:30 AM ET; “Batman Returns” airs Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8 PM ET; Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1:30 AM ET; Friday, Feb. 15 at 7:15 PM ET; Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 AM ET; Thursday, Feb. 21 at 8 PM ET; Friday, Feb. 22 at 1:15 AM ET; Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 10:45 PM ET; and Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 10:45 AM ET; “Batman Forever” airs Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10:45 PM ET; Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:45 AM ET; Friday, Feb. 22 at 7:15 PM ET; Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:15 AM ET; Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 8 PM ET; Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 1:30 AM ET

Underworld

Under Your Spell

10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

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.

Five of our favorite Daniel Day Lewis movies (so far)

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Tonight at 8/7c we’re showing Martin Scorsese’s brilliant “Gangs of New York,” an epic so sprawling it actually rivals R.Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet” for sprawlingingness. The film is set in Civil War-era Manhattan and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a poor little orphan named Amsterdam who grows up with a chip on his shoulder. The name of the chip? Bill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting, a brutal American-born Protestant played by the always on Daniel Day-Lewis who killed Amsterdam’s dear old dad (Liam Neeson). Amsterdam sets out on a mission to avenge his father’s death and finds that Bill the Butcher has risen in power to become a powerful crime boss and corrupt political figure … and perhaps too passionate and charismatic a man to murder. As Bill the Butcher, Day-Lewis delivered another one of his trademark intense performances where he fully immerses himself in the role and basically becomes the character. It’s an awe-inspiring feat that’s what fans have come to expect of him. Can’t wait to see him win another Academy Award for his portrayal of “Lincoln.”

Here are five of our favorite Daniel Day Lewis movies:

5. “My Beautiful Laundrette”

4. “My Left Foot”

3. “Gangs of New York”

2. “Lincoln”

1. “There Will Be Blood”

“Gangs of New York” airs tonight at 8/7c; Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8/7c; Saturday, Feb. 16 at 11:30 PM ET; and Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 8/7c

Portlandia puts a stop to gay weddings, tonight at 10/9c

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Portlandia is the land of love and equal opportunity. However, like in every other municipality (except maybe Maine, but what happens there is between them and the moose) there are laws and those laws must be enforced. In this clip from Friday’s brand new episode from Portlandia’s third season, we see the strong arm of the law cracking down on violators. If gay weddings are going to be banned, they are going to be banned across the board. If same sex couples can’t have gay weddings, neither can heterosexual couples. It’s not politics or religion, it’s the law and it will be equally enforced.

Watch as Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein step in to enforce the ban on gay weddings in Portlandia and tune in for a new episode of Portlandia on Friday at 10/9c:

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Portlandia airs on IFC on Fridays at 10/9c

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