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What to watch this week on IFC: May 13 – 18

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Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

Start your week out right with a double feature of terror. Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” starts at 8/7c starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and some of the scariest twins ever cast in a movie. Stick around for “Evil Dead 2” at 11/10c when Bruce Campbell battles the forces of evil and his own hand in this campy cult classic.

Tuesday

We’re going to war on Tuesday. First, tune in to “Stop Loss” at 8/7c. In the movie, Ryan Phillipe stars as a soldier who has to take matters into his own hands when the Army tries to force him back into active duty in Iraq, even thought his tour of duty has ended. Then at 10:30PM/9:30c, we’re showing “Punisher: War Zone.” Ray Stevenson stars as the comic book action hero come to life and on the run from mob boss Billy Russoti a.k.a. Jigsaw (Dominic West) who is set on revenge after after an encounter with the Punisher left him horribly disfigured.

Wednesday

We’re showing one of our favorite Coen Brothers movies to help us get over the middle of the week: “O Brother Where Art Thou” starts at 8/7c. The movie, which is a version of Homer’s “The Odyssey” as interpreted by Joel and Ethan Coen stars George Clooney as an escaped convict who fled prison with John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson to search for buried treasure in 1930s Mississippi.

Thursday

At 8/7c, watch the movie that jump started Tom Cruise’s acting career: “Risky Business.” The film stars Cruise as a Princeton applicant who turns his parents’ home into a brothel for one awesome night with the help of a comely call girl played by Rebecca DeMornay.

Friday

Before a brand-new episode of “Maron” airs at 10/9c, watch an “Arrested Development” marathon before the show returns for a new season.

Saturday

The Buzzfeed Block returns with an action-packed double feature. At 8/7c tune in to watch Arnold Schwarzeneggar kick Colombian butt in “Collateral Damage.” Then stick around until 10:15/9:15c for Harrison Ford as “The Fugitive” who is on the run from very determined US Marshall played by Tommy Lee Jones after being falsely accused of murder.

Sunday

High school sucks! Spend Sunday remembering all the reasons you’re glad you’re a grownup and never ever have to step foot inside a high school again with a little help from “Freaks and Geeks” and “Out There.” The potpourri (or Chex Mix) of all our favorite episodes starts at 9 a.m. ET and runs all day until we show “The Shawshank Redemption” a.k.a. one of the best movies ever at 8/7c.

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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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