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Emmy Watch 2013: Vote Portlandia!

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Ballots are out, polls are open, candidates are making their case and voters are once again the most popular people in the country. Yep, it’s that time of the year again. Election time? Not quite, it’s Emmy© time! And we want you to Vote Portlandia.

We’re not alone in wanting to spread the word of Portlandia. People all over the country are banding together to support Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s sketch comedy show – The first show to put a bird on it! “Vote Portlandia” yard signs have been spotted in New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and of course, Portland. Take a look at the crazy places campaign signs have popped up at our Vote Portlandia Tumblr and join the movement that’s sweeping the nation! Thanks for joining the campaign and remember Vote Portlandia 2013!

Watch a video from Portlandia’s own deputy Emmy campaign strategist James Carville:

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Portlandia returns to IFC in early 2014

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The 10 Most Metal Pop Culture Cameos

Glenn Danzig drops by Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Glenn Danzig rocks harder than granite. In his 60 years, he’s mastered punk with The Misfits, slayed metal with the eponymous Danzig, and generally melted faces with the force of his voice. And thanks to Fred and Carrie, he’s now stopping by tonight’s brand new Portlandia so we can finally get to see what “Evil Elvis” is like when he hits the beach. To celebrate his appearance, we put together our favorite metal moments from pop culture, from the sublime to the absurd.

10. Cannibal Corpse meets Ace Ventura

Back in the ’90s,  Cannibal Corpse was just a small time band from Upstate New York, plying their death metal wares wherever they could find a crowd, when a call from Jim Carry transformed their lives. Turns out the actor was a fan, and wanted them for a cameo in his new movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The band had a European tour coming up, and were wary of being made fun of, so they turned it down. Thankfully, the rubber-faced In Living Color vet wouldn’t take no for an answer, proving that you don’t need to have a lot of fans, just the right ones.


9. AC/DC in Private Parts

Howard Stern’s autobiographical film, based on his book of the same name, followed his rise in the world of radio and pop culture. For a man surrounded by naked ladies and adoring fans, it’s hard to track the exact moment he made it. But rocking out with AC/DC in the middle of Central Park, as throngs of fans clamor to get a piece of you, seems like it comes pretty close. You can actually see Stern go from hit host to radio god in this clip, as “You Shook Me All Night Long” blasts in the background.


8. Judas Priest meets The Simpsons

When you want to blast a bunch of peace-loving hippies out on their asses, you’re going to need some death metal. At least, that’s what the folks at The Simpsons thought when they set up this cameo from the metal gods. Unfortunately, thanks to a hearty online backlash, the writers of the classic series were soon informed that Judas Priest, while many things, are not in fact “death metal.” This led to the most Simpson-esque apology ever. Rock on, Bartman. Rock on.


7. Anthrax on Married…With Children

What do you get when Married…with Children spoofs My Dinner With Andre, substituting the erudite playwrights for a band so metal they piss rust? Well, for starters, a lot of headbanging, property destruction and blown eardrums. And much like everything else in life, Al seems to have missed the fun.


6. Motorhead rocks out on The Young Ones

The Young Ones didn’t just premiere on BBC2 in 1982 — it kicked the doors down to a new way of doing comedy. A full-on assault on the staid state of sitcoms, the show brought a punk rock vibe to the tired format, and in the process helped jumpstart a comedy revolution. For instance, where an old sitcom would just cut from one scene to the next, The Young Ones choose to have Lemmy and his crew deliver a raw version of “Ace of Spades.” The general attitude seemed to be, you don’t like this? Well, then F— you!


5. Red and Kitty Meet Kiss on That ’70s Show

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Long before they were banished to playing arena football games, Kiss was the hottest ticket in rock. The gang from That ’70s Show got to live out every ’70s teen’s dream when they were set loose backstage at a Kiss concert, taking full advantage of groupies, ganja and hard rock.


4. Ronnie James Dio in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (NSFW, people!)

What does a young boy do when he was born to rock, and the world won’t let him? What tight compadre does he pray to for guidance and some sweet licks? If you’re a young Jables, half of “the world’s most awesome band,” you bow your head to Ronnie James Dio, aka the guy who freaking taught the world how to do the “Metal Horns.” Never before has a rock god been so literal than in this clip that turns it up to eleven.


3. Ozzy Osbourne in Trick or Treat

It’s hard to tell if Ozzy was trying his hardest here, or just didn’t give a flying f–k. What is clear is that, either way, it doesn’t really matter. Ozzy’s approach to acting seems to lean more heavily on Jack Daniels than sense memory, and yet seeing the slurry English rocker play a sex-obsessed televangelist is so ridiculous, he gets a free pass. Taking part in the cult horror Trick or Treat, Ozzy proves that he makes things better just by showing up. Because that’s exactly what he did here. Showed up. And it rocks.


2. Glenn Danzig on Portlandia

Danzig seems to be coming out of a self imposed exile these days. He just signed with a record company, and his appearance on Portlandia is reminding everyone how kick ass he truly is. Who else but “The Other Man in Black” could help Portland’s resident goths figure out what to wear to the beach? Carrie Brownstein called Danzig “amazing,” and he called Fred “a genius,” so this was a rare love fest for the progenitor of horror punk.


1. Alice Cooper in Wayne’s World

It’s surprising, sure, but for a scene that contains no music whatsoever, it’s probably the most famous metal moment in the history of film. When Alice Cooper informed Wayne and Garth that Milwaukee is actually pronounced “Milly-way-kay” back in 1992, he created one of the most famous scenes in comedy history. What’s more metal than that? Much like Wayne and Garth, we truly are not worthy.

“Portlandia” Seasons 4 and 5 Coming Early 2014, 2015

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Great news out of IFC HQ this morning: Our original comedy series “Portlandia” just got renewed for not one, but TWO more seasons. That’s right Fred Armisen’s and Carrie Brownstein’s sketch comedy show is coming back for a fourth and fifth season. Each season will feature 10 half-hour episodes, to premiere in early 2014 and early 2015, respectively. The Emmy nominated, Peabody and WGA Award-winning series is created and written by Fred Armisen (SNL) and Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney), who also star in the show, and Jonathan Krisel, the show’s director. “Portlandia” is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Broadway Video.

As fans of the show know, the first three seasons of “Portlandia” were filled with gentle satire and social commentary all rolled up in a laugh-out-loud love letter to the city of Portland, Or., and every other city like it. Through the sketches and with a memorable cast of characters and guest stars, including Kyle MacLachlan (Desperate Housewives, Twin Peaks), Chloë Sevigny (American Horror Story), Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park), Kumail Nanjiani (Franklin & Bash), Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids), Patton Oswalt (Young Adult), tennis champion Martina Navratilova, and George Wendt (Cheers), among many others, Fred and Carrie show off the quirky, free-range charms of “Portlandia.” Two more seasons means more Fred and Carrie and more of your favorite residents of Portlandia, including overly eco-conscious couple Peter and Nance, Nina and Lance and, of course, more Candace and Toni:

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We can’t wait.

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“Portlandia” returns to IFC in early 2014

James Carville wants YOU to vote “Portlandia”

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We love “Portlandia.” We think Fred Armisen’s and Carrie Brownstein’s show is pretty much the best and the critics agree too. Over the course of its three seasons, the series has won a Peabody Award, been nominated for Emmys® for writing and directing, and attracted the best guest stars around, including Tim Robbins, Andy Samberg,Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Penny Marshall, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and so many more. We think the show deserves all the awards and that’s why we are hitting the campaign trail and hoping to put a bird on the Emmys®.

When you are campaigning there is no one you want in your corner more than the most famous political strategist in the world,James Carville. So we recruited him and he is now Team Portlandia and if you know anything about James Carville, it’s that he likes to back a winner. In the campaign video, filmed at IFC Campaign Headquarters, Carville warns voters,“We’re going to fight. We’re going after the big shows in New York. We’re going after the big shows in Hollywood. We’re going right out in to the Pacific Ocean.” Got that voters? We’re serious.

Watch the stirring, inspiring Patton-esque video below:

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