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What to watch this week on IFC: April 15 – 21

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Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg star in “The Perfect Storm” at 10:45/9:45c. The film is based on the non-fiction book by Sebastian Junger, which follows the fishing vessel Andrea Gail as it heads out to sea in October 1991, and into the heart of a storm with hurricane-strength winds and 100-foot waves.

Tuesday

Its a double dose of action-comedy when we show “Lethal Weapon 2” and “Lethal Weapon 3” back-to-back starting at 8/7c. Watch as Mel Gibson and Danny Glover invent the Odd Couple buddy cop drama in their roles as the curmudgeonly Murtagh and live wire Riggs. In these installments of the popular franchise, the LAPD cops are joined by Joe Pesci as a long-suffering loud-mouth accountant and Rene Russo as an internal affairs detective wild enough to give Riggs a run for his money.

Wednesday

“Scream” screenwriter Kevin Williamson made his directorial debut with “Teaching Mrs. Tingle,” a screwball black comedy in which an honor roll student (Katie Holmes) and two friends accidentally kidnap their teacher (Helen Mirren). With their futures threatened by false accusations of cheating, three teenagers take matters into their own hands. Want to find out what happens next? Tune in at 6/5c.

Thursday

Shhhhh! We’re showing “Silent Hill” at 9:45/8:45c. Radha Mitchell stars as a woman searching for her missing daughter in a town that has been enveloped in a living darkness, against which the remaining humans fight a losing battle for survival. Filled with horrific nightmarish imagery sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Friday

Going so soon? The season finale of our animated series “Out There” airs tonight at 10/9c. In this final episode of the season, Jason Schwartzman, Ellen Page and Sarah Silverman guest star as the “cool kids” of the Yearbook Club, who notice Chad’s doodlings in class and want him to join their ranks. At first, Chad is happy to be invited into their inner circle but the Yearbook Club members quickly show their true colors.

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Saturday

Spend Saturday night with R. Kelly. That’s right, drop your plans because we’re showing every chapter of “Trapped in the Closet.” Starting at 11:45pm/10:45C, we’re showing Chapters 1-33 of R. Kelly’s bold, inventive and occasionally wacky hip hopera which follows its memorable cast of characters on a humorous and dramatic journey through Chicago searching for a mysterious package. The complete saga features all of the chapters from parts 1, 2 and 3.

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Sunday

“Escape From LA” with Kurt Russell when he reprises his role as one-eyed tough guy Snake Plissken in John Carpenter’s dystopian action thriller. In this sequel to “Escape Form New York,” a massive earthquake has made an island out of Los Angeles. It becomes the official No Man’s Land to which those opposed to the country’s tyrannical, religious-fanatic President (Cliff Robertson) are exiled. After a powerful device that can shut down the world’s electronic systems ends up in the hands of some revolutionaries (courtesy of the Prez’s rebellious daughter), our eyepatch-wearing anti-hero is recruited to once again help the Commander in Chief get out of a jam.


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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.
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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.

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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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