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Summer Preview: Anywhere But a Movie Theater

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Whether you’re tired of people texting during the movie, want to relax on your couch or have a fear of catching swine flu, there’s plenty of entertainment options that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home this summer, whether it’s On Demand, Online, or On DVD. A helpful guide is below, and don’t forget our look at the indie films that are hitting theaters this summer.

On Demand

Our sister company IFC Films will have quite the busy summer, providing at least one film a week to watch on demand and nowhere else. The company’s Festival Direct summer schedule recently kicked off with the Robert Pattinson teen drama “How to Be,” and will be followed on May 6th by the premieres of Pablo Proenza’s haunted house thriller “Dark Mirror” and the Patrick Wilson-Amy Smart romantic dramedy “Life In Flight,” which premiered at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival. On May 13, couch potatoes are invited to “The 27 Club,” Erica Dunton’s road trip drama about a rocker tasked with burying his best friend after a suicide. May 20th sees the release of the Swedish mid-life crisis drama “Heaven’s Heart” and the South Korean horror film “Cadaver.” Legendary Hungarian helmer Béla Tarr will premiere his noirish 2007 Cannes entry “The Man From London,” starring Tilda Swinton, on May 27th. (Bruce McDonald’s zombie thriller “Pontypool” will also be available the same date, in addition to its theatrical run.) Two days before its theatrical run courtesy of Strand Releasing on June 5th, the controversial Maria Bello-Jason Patric drama “Downloading Nancy” will premiere on IFC’s Festival Direct. On June 10th, “Fear Me Not,” the latest psychological thriller from Dogme alum Kristian Levring (“The King is Alive”) that proved popular at Tribeca this year, will debut on demand. “Happy Go Lucky”‘s Eddie Marsan and Ewen Bremmer star as historical reenactors who attempt to woo Jessica Stevenson Hynes in the comedy “Faintheart,” premiering on June 17th, the same date as the premiere of “Barbarian Invasions” writer/director Denys Arcand’s latest melancholy comedy “Days of Darkness,” starring Marc Labrèche, Diane Kruger and Rufus Wainwright. And on June 24th, Christian Molina’s Gaudí-nominated drama about a French call girl, “Diary of a Nymphomaniac,” will hit VOD.

Not to be outdone, Magnolia Pictures will premiere some of their summer slate on demand, including such titles as Steven Soderbergh’s just-released “The Girlfriend Experience” (which will be available exclusively in the comfort of your own home until its theatrical debut on May 22nd), Jennifer Chambers Lynch’s thriller “Surveillance” (May 29th in anticipation of a June 26th debut) and the Sundance fave “Humpday,” which has been reported will play VOD before its release in July.

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Online

As Alison Willmore explained back in March, the unconventional distribution outfit B-Side will be working their magic on Brett Gaylor’s doc on copyright law in the 21st century, “RiP: A Remix Manifesto,” utilizing both screenings of the film (a full schedule is here) and a “pay what you want” deal to download the recent SXSW premiere. Additionally, B-Side will screen the Zach Galifinakis-Judy Greer festival fave comedy “Visioneers” in Chicago on June 18th at the Gene Siskel Film Center. However, like “RiP,” “Visioneers” will be available to anyone with the desire to set up their own screening by signing up at the film’s Web site.

Cinetic Rights Management is set to raise the curtain on three films this summer that one can watch from the comfort of their computer — on May 8th, “Office” star Melora Hardin will premiere her directorial debut, “You,” a true family affair that was produced with her husband Gildart Jackson, who also stars in the film as a man left to raise his young daughter alone after a tragic accident. The cast is populated with familiar faces like “Smallville”‘s Allison Mack and Joely Fisher. In June, Brooklynite Dawn Scibilia’s Emmy Award-winning doc “Home,” featuring interviews with Liam Neeson, Mike Myers and Susan Sarandon, among others, waxing nostalgic about their love of living in New York, comes to your home. And July will see the online debut of Michael Almereyda’s latest drama “New Orleans, Mon Amour,” starring Christopher Eccleston as a philandering Dr. Jekyll, who plots a return to normalcy in post-Katrina New Orleans with thoughts of reuniting with his ex-wife when Hyde (Elisabeth Moss), the woman who ruined their marriage, reappears in town.

The good folks at SnagFilms will add to their 650-plus documentary film collection this May with the welcome additions of Carl Sagan’s epic “Cosmos,” the biopic of guitar legend Les Paul, “Les Paul: Chasing Sound” and the cannily opportunistic “Secrets of Angels, Demons & Masons,” which should help many make sense of the latest Tom Hanks adaptation of one of Dan Brown’s globetrotting novels by catching researcher Dan Burstein’s investigation into the real thing. In June, SnagFilms will host the online premieres of two festival favorites — Tim Hotchner’s “Accelerating America,” an inspirational 2008 Seattle Film Fest selection about a school in Rhode Island that gives at-risk high school dropouts a second chance, and Bob Ray’s acclaimed, no-holds-barred “Hell on Wheels,” a 2007 SXSW pick that chronicles the birth and revival of the Texas roller derby, scored to Texas-based rockers …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead. And speaking of music, SnagFilms also recently unveiled a series of Jack Johnson music lessons, which can be found here.

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

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…