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What to Watch on IFC in December

What to Watch on IFC in December (photo)

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The holidays are upon us, and in this final month of the year, IFC is giving the gift of dinner, music, cult film, a pot-dealing Christmas special and a New Year’s in New York you won’t soon forget.

Thursday, December 3rd beginning at 8pm, check out a night of indie cult films, featuring David Cronenberg’s “Crash”; the goofy low-budget special effects of “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai” and the NC-17 over-the-top ’70s flick “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” (written by film critic Roger Ebert!). And rounding it out, don’t miss William Shatner battling horrifying giant arachnids in “Kingdom of the Spiders.”

If you can’t make it to New York’s Times Square this New Year’s Eve to watch the ball drop, don’t sweat it — IFC has your ticket to the wildest city to be in December 31st with an all-day festival of Gotham-centric films starting at 7:15am. Tune in for Woody Allen classics like “Manhattan,” and “Annie Hall”; watch Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis duke it out in “Gangs of New York”; see Robert Downey Jr. grow out of the mean streets in “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints” and catch Macauley Culkin turning into a “Party Monster.” For a list of all the films, check out the full schedule for that day.

Also this month, IFC presents a not-so-typical “Ideal Christmas Special” chock full of holiday surprises. Moz is “dealing” with the holidays, and we don’t mean just pot — his mom pays a visit, and his pregnant girlfriend is making out with… another girl? Don’t miss it Tuesday, December 1st at 10:30pm, right before a brand new episode of “Dinner with the Band” featuring Sam Mason cooking up some seriously good food and conversation with a bunch of indie bands. Musical acts this month include Final Fantasy, Kid Sister and Flosstradamus, plus many more.

310x229_heathers.jpgPREMIERES THIS MONTH:

    • HEATHERS The prettiest, most popular girls in school, known as the Heathers, find their clique crumbling after a rebellious new boy shows up. Stars Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty. Premieres Fri., December 4th @ 7:15pm.
    • THE LIBERTINE Johnny Depp stars as John Wilmot, a 17th century poet and notorious rake whose excesses cause his death at a tragically young age, though he later earned critical acclaim for his work. Also stars John Malkovich and Samantha Morton. Premieres Sun., December 6th @ 11:00pm.
    • TOUCHING THE VOID Two young mountain climbers are faced with life and death when their trip to the Peruvian Andes goes awry in this documentary by Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland,” “State of Play”). Premieres Wed., December 9th @ 9:35pm.
    • SWEETIE A family get-together exposes the psychological realities of their dysfunctional situation in the debut film from director Jane Campion (“The Piano,” “Bright Star”). Premieres Thu., December 17th @ 6:15pm.
    • THE NAMESAKE Mira Nair (of “Monsoon Wedding,” “Mississippi Masala”) directs this adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri’s acclaimed novel about the son of Indian immigrants trying to find his place America. Stars Kal Penn and Jacinda Barrett. Premieres Thu., December 31st @ 10:35am.
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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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