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Wanna Get Nuts? Michael Keaton’s 10 Greatest Movie Freakouts

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No one can lose his mind on command quite like Michael Keaton. After all, the man has had a lot of practice. But his latest freakout will perhaps go down as his most famous of all time, as it was the one that helped him earn a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination. Before Hollywood’s big night, though, the Birdman star could earn another victory at the Spirit Awards. Before we find out if his latest manic movie moment earns him another victory at the ceremony, which airs LIVE on Sat, Feb 21 at 5p ET, we celebrate our 10 favorite Michael Keaton freakouts from the big screen.

10. “Fight Club,” Birdman

Michael Keaton walked away with a statuette at the Golden Globes and he’s up for Best Actor at the Oscars and the Spirit Awards, and he has this particular onscreen freakout to thank. There’s always at least one major moment that blows everyone away, and the combination of his mental breakdown and tumble with Edward Norton in his underwear easily earned that title.


9. “Let’s Get Nuts,” Batman

There have been many Batmans, but none could mentally go from zero to 60 at the drop of a hat like Keaton. And we mean from calm, cool and collected to “I’m about to lodge this fire poker through your skull if you don’t back off.” Sometimes when you’re trying to distract Jack Nicholson’s Joker, you have to lose your cool.


8. “Til Death Do Us Part,” Beetlejuice

Keaton’s entire performance as the iconic Beetlejuice is basically one freakout stretched out over the course of an hour-and-a-half, so it’s difficult to whittle this film down to just one epic moment. But that got us thinking: what makes normal men — you know, the none ghost-like — become stark-raving mad? Marriage! Which would then make Beetlejuice’s wedding scene with Winona Ryder one massive ball of anxiety.


7. “You Crossed The Line,” Pacific Heights

Keaton has never been more freaky than he was as the creepy apartment subletter in Pacific Heights. He became Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction meets Christian Bale in American Psycho, and his pop-out from behind the doorway made us completely lose control of our bowels. We know, we know — #TMI.


6. “I Love Pizza,” Multiplicity

What would you do if you discovered not one, not two, but three clones of yourself walking around your home and meddling with your life? You’d flip the f— out, right? So who can blame Keaton’s Doug for doing just that? However, our favorite part has to be when he meets Doug #4. Not only is the original Doug trying to keep it together, but the latest clone is going cuckoo for pizza.

5. “Investments My Ass,” Penthouse North

Rule #1 for when you come across a villainous Keaton: never tell him about any secret treasure that may or may not reside in your apartment. It’s like that old book we used to read as kids: If you give a Keaton a diamond, he’s gonna want more…and he’ll dangle you from the rooftop to get them.


4. “Go F— Yourself,” The Paper

There are those who pride themselves on their patience, but Keaton’s onscreen characters are usually not among them, especially not Henry Hackett. When the editor of a New York City-based newspaper is berated in a continuous stream of insults on the phone, he’s going to fight back, and the explosion will be cataclysmic.


3. “I’ll Straighten Out My Chair,” The Dream Team

As Christopher Lloyd learned the hard way, you don’t invade the personal space of a man and demand he fix his chair when said man has a raging anger management problem. Luckily, no one was hurt during the massive freakout that followed.(Well, save for the chair.) The only thing that’s more epic in this moment from The Dream Team is perhaps Keaton’s mullet


2. “I Am God,” Clean and Sober

Getting sober is no easy task for a recovering drug addict. But rehab, as Keaton depicts in the underrated Clean and Sober, is the perfect breeding ground for some rage fits. Hey, whatever makes the time go by faster and the pain more bearable, right?


1. “Is He Out?,” Desperate Measures

There was a reason McCabe, Keaton’s character in Desperate Measures, was locked away in confinement for so long: anything that could be turned into a blowtorch would be turned into a blowtorch. The only thing scarier is the actor’s rippling pectoral region. Some guys just shouldn’t have bulging muscles, and on Keaton, well, they make him look like a serial killer. Oh wait! That’s what he was going for.

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Car Notes

Portlandia Keeps Road Rage In Park

Get a lesson in parking etiquette on a new Portlandia.

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It’s the most American form of cause and effect: Park like a monster, receive a passive-aggressive note.

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This unofficial rule of the road is critical to keeping the great big wheel of car-related Karma in balance. And naturally, Portlandia’s Kath and Dave have elevated it to an awkward, awkward art form in Car Notes, the Portlandia web series presented by Subaru.

If you’ve somehow missed the memo about Car Notes until now, you can catch up on every installment online, on the IFC app, and on demand. You can even have a little taste right here:

If your interest is piqued – great news for you! A special Car Notes sketch makes an appearance in the latest episode of Portlandia, and you can catch up on it now right here.

Watch all-new Portlandia Thursdays at 10P on IFC.

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Naked and Hungry

Two New Ways to Threeway

IFC's Comedy Crib gets sensual in time for Valentine's Day.

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This week, two scandalous new digital series debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib.
Ménage à Trois invites people to participate in a real-life couple’s fantasy boudoir. And The Filling is Mutual follows two saucy chefs who invite comedians to make food inspired by their routines. Each show crosses some major boundaries in sexy and/or delicious ways, and each are impossible to describe in detail without arousing some awkward physical cravings. Which is why it’s best to hear it directly from the minds behind the madness…

Ménage à Trois

According to Diana Kolsky and Murf Meyer, the two extremely versatile constants in the ever-shifting à trois, “MàT is a sensually psychedelic late night variety show exploring matters of hearts, parts and every goddamn thing in between…PS, any nudes will be 100% tasteful.”

This sexy brainchild includes sketches, music, and props that would put Pee-wee’s Playhouse to shame. But how could this fantastical new twist on the vanilla-sex variety show format have come to be?

“We met in a UCB improv class taught by Chris Gethard. It was clear that we both humped to the beat of our own drum; our souls and tongues intermingled at the bar after class, so we dove in head first.”

Sign me up, but promise to go slow. This tricycle is going to need training wheels.

The Filling is Mutual

Comedians Jen Saunderson and Jenny Zigrino became best friends after meeting in the restroom at the Gotham Comedy Club, which explains their super-comfortable dynamic when cooking with their favorite comedians. “We talk about comedy, sex, menses, the obnoxiousness of Christina Aguilera all while eating food that most would push off their New Year’s resolution.”

The hook of cooking food based off of comedy routines is so perfect and so personal. It made us wonder about what dishes Jen & Jenny would pair with some big name comedy staples, like…

Bill Murray?
“Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to… Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to avoid doing any kind of silly Groundhog Day reference.” 

Bridget Everett?
“Cream Balls… Sea Salt encrusted Chocolate Ganache Covered Ice Cream Ball that melt cream when you bite into them.” 

Nick Kroll & John Mulaney? 
“I’d make George and Gil black and white cookies from scratch and just as we open the oven to put the cookie in we’d prank ’em with an obnoxious amount of tuna!!!”

Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen? 
“Definitely a raw cacao “safe word” brownie. Cacao!”

Just perfect.

See both new series in their entirety on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Dark Arts

Foot Fetish Jesus And Other Nightmares

Meet the minds behind Comedy Crib's latest series, Quirks and The Mirror.

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The Mirror and Quirks are really, really strange. Deeply disturbing yet hauntingly beautiful. But you really don’t need to read a synopsis of either of the aforementioned shows to understand the exact variety of nightmare-bonkers comedy these shows deliver — that’s why the good lord made links. Instead, take a peek behind the curtain and meet the creators.

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Let’s start with Kevin Tosi. Kevin does the whole show by himself. That doesn’t mean he’s a loner — Kevin has a day job with actual humans. But that day job is copywriting. So it’s only natural that his suppressed demons would manifest themselves in biting cartoon form, including “Foot Fetish Jesus”, in ways that somehow speak to all of us. If only all copywriters channeled their inner f*ckedupness into such…expressive art.

The Mirror

Onward to the folks at Wham City Comedy.

These guys aren’t your typical comedy collective in that their work is way more left-field and even elevated than your standard digital short. More funny weird than funny ha-ha. They’ve done collaborations with musicians like Beach House, Dan Deacon & Wye Oak, television networks (obviously), and others. Yeah they get paid, but their motivation feels deeper. Darker. Most of them are video artists, and that explains a lot.

See more of The Mirror and Quirks on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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