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The Fantastic Four vs. Paid Content.

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"Horatio Hornblawyer"...heh..."FINALLY!!! A movie that makes Bewitched look like a professionally made film!" David Poland crows over at The Hot Blog. And while we think he’s being a little harsh (it just might be the Bad-Good movie of the summer), one must admit the "Fantastic Four" is looking pretty fabulously cheesy. But, as the LA TimesChris Lee reports, it does come from a long line of cheesy adaptations of or attempts at the same source material, and while said source material might work as a metaphor, taken straight (and not animated), the whole super-family, stretching, turning invisible thing is a little naff. Others obviously thought so too — previous screen takes on the F4 include a Roger Corman-produced C-movie and a proposed sitcom.

In the New York Times, Craig Modderno writes a short squib about how Michael Chiklis, who plays The Thing, became so distressed by the constrictive costume he had to spend hours getting into and out of that he was driven to therapy, while in the San Francisco Chronicle, Hugh Hart interviews the film’s director, Tim Story, about making the leap from "Barbershop" to something with "nearly 900 special effects shots and a cost of more than $100 million."

And Liz Hoggard in the Independent has an interview with the ultra-symmetrical Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd, who plays Mr. Fantastic (stretchy!) and who held lead roles in both the "Horatio Hornblower" miniseries and in the ridiculous, short-lived "law firm of the future" series "Century City," which lead Television Without Pity to, in a fit a god-like inspiration, christen him "Horatio Hornblawyer." Unfortunately, the Independent has decided to move their film section behind a paid subscription wall (sad, we liked their interviews), so only the first few paragraphs are available to us rabble. Nevertheless, it’s enough to at least confirm, finally, the pronunciation of this name: "Yo-wan Griffith."

+ Fantastic Four’s long trip (LA Times)
+ The Costume, the Thing and the Therapist (NY Times)
+ "Barbershop" director takes "Fantastic" leap (SF Chronicle)
+ Ioan Gruffudd: Enter the dragon (Independent)

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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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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