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What to Watch on IFC in October

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Monty Python fans are going to love this month on IFC. And if you’re not a Python fan, get the hell out! Just kidding — now is a good time to introduce yourself to the troupe that defined comedy. Beginning October 18th, tune in for a six-day Python-a-thon, including the premiere of the IFC original doc “Monty Python: Almost the Truth, The Lawyer’s Cut,” a series highlighting the rise of the famed comedy team, and features interviews with all the surviving Pythons as well as SNL mastermind Lorne Michaels, Jimmy Fallon, Russell Brand and many more. And all week long, catch an original Python film including “The Life of Brian,” “Live at the Hollywood Bowl,” and the classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Also in the mix is the sketch comedy series “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” which airs all week, as well as Mondays at 7:30pm and Fridays at 11pm.

10052009_arresteddevelopment.jpgKicking off October 25th, “Arrested Development” will be making IFC its new home. The comedy series focuses on the dysfunctional Bluth family household after the patriarch is sent to prison for engaging in dirty financial practices. Catch it every Sunday at 10pm with back-to-back episodes.

Also this month, in honor of the season, IFC presents Indie Screams, two weeks of indie horror beginning October 18th and leading right up to Halloween. Just a few films being served up: Rob Zombie’s “The Devil’s Rejects,” the equally freakish “Strangeland,” the teen-wolf frightfest “Ginger Snaps” as well as classics like Tobe Hooper’s “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and his follow-up “Eaten Alive.” And because some vacations aren’t always a day at the beach, we’ve got “Motel Hell,” “Turistas” and “Cabin Fever.” There’s more, so be sure to check out the full schedule for all the horrifying films airing in October.

PREMIERES THIS MONTH:

    • ANNIE HALL Winner of numerous Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Director, Woody Allen created a romantic-comedy masterpiece about a neurotic New Yorker who falls in love with the dynamic Annie Hall. Premieres Thursday, October 8th @ 10pm.
    • MOTEL HELL Unsuspecting travelers fall victim to a sadistic farmer. Premieres Friday, October 9th @ midnight.
    • TURISTAS A group of travelers come across an evil secret after getting stranded in a small village on a paradise island. Premieres Monday, October 19th @ 7:25pm.
    • SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE Willem Dafoe gives a memorable and Oscar-nominated performance in this film about the strange occurrences which took place during the making of Nosferatu. Premieres Saturday, October 24th @ 8pm.
    • JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 The Creeper is back, and he’s brought his appetite with him in director Victor Salva’s sequel to his popular 2001 sleeper that finds the creature snacking on a bus of high school basketball players and cheerleaders. Premieres Friday, October 30th @ 7:15pm.

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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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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…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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