10 Advantages to Having Your Own Clone


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AMC Networks is cloning the season 3 premiere of Orphan Black and airing it across all of it U.S. Networks – IFC, AMC, WE tv, SundanceTV and BBC America on Sat, April 18 9p.

BBC America’s hit sci-fi drama series Orphan Black is coming back for its third season, which means the Clone Club will be back in session. Mark it in your calendars: April 18th at 9 p.m. EST is when we’ll get another dose of Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena and the rest of the gang.

In the premiere, the Project Leda sisters are going to have to come to each others’ aide: Sarah is pursuing Helena, who’s trapped in a compound, and Alison and Donnie are having some money troubles. We have faith everything will work out — and if it doesn’t, it’ll surely be entertaining to watch. But most of all we’re super jealous of the sheer awesomeness that comes with having more than one of yourself.

Everyone at one point or another has imagined what it would be like if there were two, or three, or five of you walking around the planet. And watching Orphan Black just makes us want to start funding cloning research so we can have our very own crazy Helena or chill pal Cosima. Here are 10 advantages to having a clone (or two) around to watch your back.

10. There Ain’t No Party Like A Clone Club Party


We know you have a lot of goals and aspirations, but let’s face it, there are not enough hours in the day to do whatcha wanna do. This will all change when all of a sudden there’s more of you. It warrants an impromptu dance party, too.

9. You Can Get Into So Much Trouble


Double, double, toil and trouble, amirite? The Weasley twins from Harry Potter aren’t clones, but their shenanigans rival that of the Clone Club. I mean, they’re no Helena, but a little mischief never hurt anyone. The more clones you have, the more fun (or trouble) you can get into.

8. You’re Doubling Your Wardrobe


It’s a cliche reason at this point, but true nonetheless: Clothes are expensive as hell these days. Old Navy is the new Gap, Gap is the new Banana Republic, Banana is the new J.Crew, and the Crew is too expensive for even suburban housewives like Alison on white wine-tinged shopping sprees. If you have a clone, that means sharing is caring.

7. It’s Great For Experimenting


There’s no better test subject than a clone. Wanna see if you can handle psychedelics? Or even a particularly spicy sriracha sauce? Get a temperature check first by having your replica give it a go. Thinking about dying your hair? Have your clone look like a tragic mess for a little while. Basically your clone is your own personal human guinea pig.

6. You Can Face Your Faults and Change…Your Clone


Nothing would make you take a long, cold hard look at yourself more than having, uh, yourself staring right back at you. But who wants to actually change? Make your clone make the hard life changes you’d rather ignore. That way you have more time for the truly important things — like marathoning past seasons of Orphan Black.

5. Staging Group Singalongs Has Never Been Easier

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We’ve all been there. It’s karaoke night, the music’s pumping, and you want to break into a killer group singalong to show everyone around who’s boss. Your friends can’t do, ’cause they’re horribly off-key. That’s why you need more of you in the mix to properly convey the power of “Motown Philly” or Spice Girls’ “Wannabe.”

4. Clones Always Have Each Others’ Backs

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If you’re in trouble, there’s no one you’d rather have in your corner than…well, another you. As Bjork once sang, how about a whole army of you? That’s one thing that made everyone envy Agent Smith from The Matrix. He’s a royal douche, but his ability to copy himself was a pretty sweet trick.

3. There’s Always Someone to Laugh at Your Jokes

Sister Sister

Have you ever tried to tell a joke to your friends, but then no one acknowledges it? Everyone stays silent and then maybe you tell it again just in case they didn’t hear it the first time. If you had a clone, that would never happen. Twice the power, twice the sass, twice the laughs.

2. You Can Get Away With Murder…Literally


Haven’t you ever watched Law & Order or any soap opera ever made? If you have a sadistic twin who gets his or her kicks from pulling the wings off of flies, it doesn’t help your case. But if you’re the one pulling some off-the-books illegal activity, it’s good to have a scapegoat who looks exactly like you.

1. Every Halloween = Instant Group Costume


Every Halloween costume competition should just fork over the top prize to you in advance of what will come every October 31st with your clones backing you up. How about taking a nod from The Big Bang Theory and get your clones to join you as The Flash in motion?

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The Reel Deal

Everything You Need To Know About “Mr. Runner Up” Inspiration Robert Evans

Watch the two-part finale of Documentary Now! this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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In its upcoming two-part finale, Documentary Now! spoofs the crown jewel of docs: The Kid Stays In The Picture. It’s the autobiographical documentary about Robert Evans, the unlikely Hollywood mogul whose mix of self-aggrandizing bravado, classic good looks and extremely circumstantial good luck took him from being a salesman to an actor to the head of Paramount Pictures.

If you’ve never seen the film, it’s totally worth it. Rotten Tomatoes agrees, with a staggeringly-high approval rating. Watch it before, or watch it after — doesn’t matter. You’ll appreciate it whenever.

In the meantime, here’s a bit of background that will come in handy…

Robert Loves Robert

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Robert Evans is the ultimate Robert Evans fan. The movie was narrated by Robert Evans and based on his memoir of the same name. It is totally unbiased.

He’s Kind Of A Big Deal

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Paramount Pictures

Evans produced some of Hollywood’s true classics: Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Love Story…the list goes on. Totally legit and amazing movies.

He’s Also Kind Of A Joke

Wag The Dog
New Line Cinema

Evans has been parodied in TV shows and movies like Entourage and Wag The Dog. He is the quintessential “producer” you already have in your head.

So Wrong He’s Right

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20th Century Film Corp

Robert Evans is a notorious narcissist whose love of self is so blind and sincere that it’s actually adorable.

There’s Something Missing

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Entire sections of Robert Evans’ life are left out of the documentary. Maybe it’s because of timing. Maybe it’s because real life isn’t a tidy narrative. Who knows.

He Blew It

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Evans had a pretty spectacular fall from grace. He was convicted of cocaine trafficking in the early 80’s, and was connected to a contract killing during the production of The Cotton Club. Oops.

Losing Is For Losers

Everett Collection
Everett Collection

In the Robert Evans mythology, all tragedies are just triumphs in disguise, and every story has a happy ending…for Robert Evans.

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With these simple facts in hand you are now prepared to thoroughly enjoy the two-part finale of Documentary Now! starting this Wednesday at 10/9c on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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