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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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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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