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This Saturday On the Buzzfeed Block: “The Shawshank Redemption” and “V for Vendetta”

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What do Taylor Swift, a pissed off roommate, Andy Dufresne from “The Shawshank Redemption” and V have in common? They are all master’s at revenge. On this week’s Buzzfeed Block, we’re pairing Buzzfeed’s expertly curated 13 People Who Are Better At Revenge Than You with two of our favorite films “The Shawshank Redemption” and “V for Vendetta.” The fun kicks off on Saturday, July 29th at 8/7c.

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Frank Darabont who developed “The Walking Dead” adapted Stephen King‘s novella “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” into “The Shawshank Redemption.” The film, which stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, performed tepidly at the box office, but has evolved into one of the best loved and most critically acclaimed films of all time. Plus: Revenge fantasy fuel. Tune in at 8/7c:

“Remember, remember the Fifth of November” and you will remember it after you watch “V for Vendetta” at 11/10c. The screen adaptation of Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s anti-tyranny graphic novel follows Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman), who goes from office drone to freedom fighter in a London of the near future where a mysterious vigilante in a Guy Fawkes mask known only as ‘V’ (Hugo Weaving) wages battle against the fascist regime led by the dictator-like High Chancellor Adam Sutler (John Hurt). Tune in at 11/10c:

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This week’s Buzzfeed Block features “The Shawshank Redemption” at 8/7c followed by “V for Vendetta” at 11/10c

Underworld

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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.

On Saturday’s Buzzfeed Block: “The Hills Have Eyes” and “The Hills Have Eyes 2″

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You know how it is. You’re watching a horror film. You’re on the edge of your seat. You’re yelling at the hero, “NO, IT’S A TRAP!” like you’re Admiral Akbar and they can hear your warning. We’ve all been there and this week, for your viewing pleasure, we’re showing a bunch of people walking into a trap when we show “The Hills Have Eyes” and “The Hills Have Eyes 2″ Saturday, June 22 at 8/7c as part of the Buzzfeed Block.

As you may recall, we’ve teamed up with uber-listicle maker and web curators Buzzfeed for a double dose of awesomeness. Each Saturday night, BuzzFeed will craft a list and we’ll provide a movie for a double-team of awesomeness. To accompany our “The Hills Have Eyes” double feature, Buzzfeed has put together a list of 16 People Walking Into A Trap. Feel free to yell, it won’t help.

Here’s the trailer for “The Hills Have Eyes” now and then tune in for the Buzzfeed Block on Saturday starting at 8/7c:

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What to Watch This Week on IFC: June 17 – 23

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Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

“National Lampoon’s Adam & Eve” airs at 5:30 p.m. ET. In the movie, a college senior (Cameron Douglas) finds his patience tested when he learns his beautiful new girlfriend (“Entourage’s” Emmanuelle Chriqui) is a virgin. The horror, right? Don’t worry, in the hands of National Lampoon, it ends up funny.

Tuesday

Sick of the work-a-day life? Why not saddle up and go west, young man. To help you ride off into the sunset, we’re showoing “City Slickers” at 8/7c. The film stars Billy Crystal as the titular city slicker who heads out to a dude ranch along with his friends played by Daniel Stern and Bruno Kirby to play cowboy on a cattle drive, but unexpected circumstances test their skills and stamina.

Wednesday

At 11/10c we’re showing one of the most powerful movies of recent memory, “Mystic River.” Kevin Bacon plays a detective investigating the brutal beating and murder of the daughter of a childhood friend (Sean Penn), that may implicate another close friend played by Tim Robbins. It’s dark and stormy and guaranteed to stick with you film that is definitely worth watching.

Thursday

We’re turning this week into a Tim Robbins extravaganza when we show “The Shawshank Redemption” at 8/7c and again at 11/10c. The film stars our man Tim Robbins as an innocent man behind bars for two life sentences after he was wrongly convicted of a 1947 double murder. He lands in a corrupt Maine penitentiary where the only silver lining in his friendship with Morgan Freeman.

Friday

After back-to-back episodes of “Arrested Development,” we’re showing a new episode of “Maron” at 10/9c. This week, Marc’s assistant Kyle is trapped between his love of “Parks and Recreation” star Aubrey Plaza, who guest stars as Marc’s WTF podcast guest and Marc’s sex fest fling Jen (Nora Zehetner).

Saturday

It’s a double feature of terror when we show “The Hills Have Eyes” at 8/7c followed by “The Hills Have Eyes 2″ at 10:15/9:15c. When it comes to bloodthirsty mutants living in a government atomic zone, there’s no such thing as too much. Tune in for terror! Bring your own barf bag.

Sunday

Think you have issues? Then you haven’t been watching enough “Maron.” Catch up with Marc Maron when we show back-to-back episodes of “Maron” starting at 10 a.m. ET/9 a.m.CT watch the entire season so far from “Internet Troll” with guest star Dave Foley of the Kids in the Hall fame up to “Jen Moves to LA.”

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