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Top 10 Movie Foodies

Hungry for scares? Catch The Silence of the Lambs this month on IFC.

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What goes better with movies than food? Some of our favorite big screen characters are just as obsessed with food as we are. Before you chow down with Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, check out some of the most food-obsessed characters on the big screen. Just, uh, please don’t have what Hannibal is having…

10. The Lady and the Tramp

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Disney

This Disney duo could’ve gone anywhere for their first date, yet they chose a fine Italian restaurant. Clearly no average pooches, these street-wise canines prove that love of food and romance can be linked to the same noodle.


9. Rusty, Ocean’s Eleven Trilogy

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Warner Bros.

Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) may appear calm and cool on the outside, but this guy can’t keep his hands away from grub. Look out for him in all three Ocean’s movies, always accompanied by food or drink.


8. Claire, The Breakfast Club

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Universal Pictures

While her Breakfast Club peers dined on average and sometimes disgusting lunches (Pixie Stix and bread? Eww!), Claire (Molly Ringwald) comes through with a sophisticated and healthy lunch. Well done, Princess. Sushi was really trendy in the ’80s. (Catch The Breakfast Club during IFC’s ’80s Weekend.)


7. Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

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Paramount Pictures

Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) is a mad genius of the candy world. And much like his elevators, Wonka isn’t afraid to go in unconventional directions.


6. Jules, Pulp Fiction

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Miramax

Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) knows that a burger is the cornerstone of a nutritious breakfast. Even if that cornerstone occurs right before an execution. Just don’t ask him to eat bacon. Jules doesn’t dig on swine.


5. Harold Lee and Kumar Patel, Harold and Kumar movies

Harold and Kumar
New Line Cinema

It’s a rare day when your dreams come true. And for Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn), that dream just happens to be consuming delicious and greasy White Castle.


4. Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd

Harold and Kumar
DreamWorks Pictures

They may be the worst pies in London, but Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) is determined to make her business a success– even if that requires a little extra man (or woman) power. Want to feast? Try the priest!


3. Jon Heder, Napoleon Dynamite

Jon Heder
Fox Searchlight

A champion of pocket tater tots, quesadillas, and dairy contests, Napoleon’s got some sweet food skills. Heck yes!


2. Hannibal Lecter, The Silence of the Lambs

Hannibal Lecter
Orion Pictures

“I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.” Say what you will about the good doctor. Dude knows how to pair food and wine.


1. Remy, Ratatouille

Remy
Pixar

No one understands food like ambitious rat chef, Remy. His brilliant instincts and fearless spirit prove that to succeed in the culinary world, you must be prepared to run a rat’s race.

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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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