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Portlandia goes on a walkabout with Bill Hader

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The season finale of Portlandia was filled with a lot of magical and memorable moments, but perhaps the most last impression was of that of SNL’s Bill Hader in a majestic mullet.

If you missed the season finale of everyone’s favorite sketch comedy show, there was a blackout in Portlandia when the Mayor (played by Kyle Maclachlan, of course) was off the grid and someone at City Hall forgot to pay the power bill. An “Oregon Power” staffer (played by Kumail Nanjiani), gave the city a final notice, and then had no choice but to discontinue the city’s service. With one click of the power company’s switch, * poof * Portlandia was in a blackout.

When the lights went out, a mysterious stranger with a hilariously exaggerated accent and shoulder-length blond hair showed up at Peter and Nance’s bed-and-breakfast. He introduced himself as “Birdman” and suggested that they all need to go on a “walkabout.” When you have Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Bill Hader all on the same screen, hilarity is bound to ensue.

Watch this clip from “Portlandia’sseason finale:

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Underworld

Under Your Spell

10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

Put a bike on it: Ride in style on a Portlandia bike

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Promote bicycle rights by bicycling right …on a Portlandia bike from Republic Bikes.

Republic Bikes made an awesome ride for the eco-conscious Portlandia fan who is eager to ride around on some sweet swag while declaring their Portlandia fandom by hollering “Bicycle Rights!” at everyone who dares cross their path. According to the Republic Bikes website, bicycling is everything Portlandia is: healthy, green, fun and loaded with opportunities for smug self-satisfaction. Yeah, no one on one of these roadsters would forget their bag at the grocery store. Designed by Portlandia stars and co-creators Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, the Limited Edition Portlandia Aristotle (also available in a Mixte), features integrated cargo bars and birds. Yes, there’s a bird on it.

So go check them out and practice yelling along with Spyke. Then be sure to tune in to the Portlandia season finale on Friday at 10/9c:

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A Portlandia Q & A: You Asked, Fred Armisen Answered, Part 2

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Portlandia star, writer and co-creator Fred Armisen had so much fun answering your questions (read part one of our Q & A with him here) that he asked for more. So we went back to Facebook and Twitter and found more of your wild and wacky questions for the comic. We passed them along and he answered them on the plane as he headed out to the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards.

1. What’s the most ridiculous thing that’s ever happened to you?

Coming back from Canada into the U.S. with my band in the mid-nineties. The border guy stopped us and went through our van. I mean, really went through everything. He found some t-shirts and records that we had brought over to sell in Canada. But he accused us of having them made in Canada so we could sell them here. I was like “we’re FROM here!” But he didn’t believe us about our stuff, and we had to pay taxes on it!!! I was so mad. We’re just a little band, and what was his logic? Why would we do that? I’m still mad at him.

2. Which cast members that you’ve worked with on SNL make you laugh the hardest

Different people for different reasons. Jason says the most insanely funny things, and very quickly. Like immediately. He’s so funny. Kenan says things that kill me. Bill makes me laugh in sketches and it’s very very hard not to laugh when I’m in something with him. I laugh a lot if I’m writing with Vanessa. Everybody, really. I’m not kidding. It’s the best part about working there.

3. What is your favorite character to be from the show?

The home recording studio guy.

4. What do you wanna be when you grow up?

David Bowie

5. Fred, do you know where my grey sweater is? Not the v-neck one, the one with the stripes. I can’t find it.

You threw it in the closet, but not on the floor. Up above everything.

6. What book is on your nightstand right now?

A Visit From The Goon Squad

7. Knowing your body is 72% water, you ever get scared to drink more since you’re just 28% away from becoming a snowman?

What’s wrong with being a snowman?

8. If Harry Potter is the greatest magician why doesnt he ever correct his damn vision?

You don’t get it. Wearing glasses is an attribute. A magical power.

9. What’s the best & worst thing about dressing up as a woman?

Best thing: wigs

Worst thing: shoes

10. Hey Fred, what are your views on spray tanning bald cats?

That has been well covered. I wrote a few pieces about it for the New York Times.

11. What’s your Dream Drum Kit Set Up?

Green sparkle kit. 20″ kick, 14″ snare, 16″ floor, but instead of rack toms, 2 LP timbales. Drum throne set up high. DW pedal and hardware.

12. How do we know it is really you answering the questions?

Here is my signature. (-~/ ^~~n

13. Which Portlandia character is most like your real self?

Brendan

14. Who’s your favorite muppet?

Animal

15. Did you shave your legs for SNL last Saturday?

I didn’t!

16. You can’t spell friend without fred n i. will you be my best friend?

Ye. (You can spell yes without an s)

17. What’s the most ridiculous question you’ve been asked?

These Trenchmouth t-shirts in your van. Where are they from?

18. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Chocolate

19. What are some of your favorite cities beside Portland?

NYC, Stockholm, London, Los Angeles.

20. What is your most favorite Hall & Oates song?

She’s Gone

21. Do you like hedgehogs?

Sure.

22. Do you like when it snows?

Yeah!

23. What’s your favorite breakfast food?

Eggs

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Portlandia airs on IFC on Fridays at 10/9c

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