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Fred Armisen Gets Animated, Honest Ghostbusters II and More of This Week’s Best Videos

This week we're watching Fred in the animated film Phantom Boy, Samuel L. Jackson on Game of Thrones and more.

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Show of hands: Who needs a break from it all? Who could use a light-hearted respite from political theater, unspeakable tragedy, and sweltering weather with a handful of funny and awesome videos? Well, we’re here to help.

From Fred Armisen lending his pipes to a new animated film to a honest answer to all the Ghostbusters haters, here are the five best videos from this week you need to watch.

1. Fred Armisen in Phantom Boy

Phantom Boy, the new animated film from the creators of the Oscar-nominated A Cat in Paris, hits theaters this week and has been earning rave reviews for its moving story and stunning hand-drawn animation. And if one of the voices in the English-language version sounds familiar, that might be because Portlandia and Documentary Now! star Fred Armisen lends his pipes to a cast that also includes Vincent D’Onofrio and Jared Padalecki. Check out the trailer above, and look for the film out today in select theaters.


2. Maron Meets Hellboy

Marc Maron ended his IFC series Maron this week after four amazing seasons. Joining him for the two-episode series finale was Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman. Watch Ron and guest M.C. Gainey offer Marc some manly advice in the clip above, and stream the series finale right now on IFC.com and the IFC app.


3. Little Girl Reenacts Matthew McConaughey’s Car Commercials

The concept of “time being a flat circle” makes much more sense than the rambling and inscrutable Lincoln commercials featuring True Detective star Matthew McConaughey, who’s now replaced by a pint-sized road philosopher in this shot-for-shot parody. Trading the Lincoln SUV for a Barbie jeep, the little girl adopts a thousand-yard stare and rambles incoherently about vehicular existentialism.


4. Samuel L. Jackson’s Game of Thrones Recap

The land of dragons and direwolves gets a foul-mouthed assessment from the baddest snake-hater in Hollywood, Samuel L. Jackson. Games of Thrones newbies and experts alike will benefit from the six-season refresher, which perfectly encapsulates the beheadings and back-stabbings (both literal and figurative) by a guy who’s no stranger to laying vengeance upon unsuspecting victims.


5. Honest Trailers: Ghostbusters II

Opening this week, the third installment of this beloved franchise has been tainted by misogynistic, fan-frenzied offense to the gender of the lead characters — long before a frame of film had been shot. But the merits of the threequel aside, anyone who’s seen the 1989 follow-up to the classic original can readily admit that Ghostbusters II isn’t without its share of glaring flaws. Check out Honest Trailers’ take on the uneven sequel, underscoring how nostalgia can make us wear rose-colored infrared goggles.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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