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What to Watch on IFC in January

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It’s about time to start enforcing those trusty resolutions… after, of course you’ve nursed the hangover that comes with ringing in 2010. In honor of new beginnings and breaking old habits, IFC’s celebrating the New Year with those in need of serious resolution rehab. It all kicks off 6am on January 1st with the old-school warning on the dangers of marijuana, ‘Reefer Madness.’ Then check out great performances from Joseph Gordon Levitt and his “(500) Days of Summer” co-star Zooey Deschanel in “Manic,” their first film together; and the Oscar-nominated Catalina Sandino Moreno as a drug mule in “Maria Full of Grace.”

Also, see Cate Blanchett and “21 Jump Street” alum Dustin Nguyen in “Little Fish,” Nicholas Cage in “Leaving Las Vegas,” a young Matt Dillon in Gus Van Sant’s “Drugstore Cowboy,” and John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in search of serious redemption in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction.”

310x229_goodguyswearblack.jpgAlso this month, don’t miss hardcore bad asses kicking major butt in IFC’s fight club, taking flight Thursday, January 14th at 6:15pm with Chuck Norris in “Good Guys Wear Black.” Uma Thurman’s vengeful bride sets out on a violent mission in the “Kill Bill” films, and Mel Gibson stars as “Mad Max” in the classic 1979 Australian futuristic action flick.

And, tune in for a series of films that bring different people together for one twisted story. It’s six degrees of IFC on Thursday, January 28th starting at 7:30pm with the Oscar-winning “Crash,” followed by “Pulp Fiction” and “Go.”

Plus, don’t miss your guide to this year’s Spirit Awards with IFC’s 2010 nomination special, premiering Wednesday, January 29th at 7:30pm.


    • DUMMY An unemployed man decides to follow his dream of becoming a ventriloquist, and various other life changes follow suit. Stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody (‘The Pianist’), Milla Jovovich and Ileana Douglas. Premieres Mon., January 4th @ 8:00pm.
    • CLOSER Two couples form a tangled web when a partner in one of the relationships gets involved with a partner in the other. Ensemble cast includes Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Jude Law and Clive Owen. Directed by Mike Nichols. Premieres Wed., January 6th @ 12:00am.
    • GO ‘Swingers’ director Doug Liman brings together three different stories that result from one bad drug deal. With Katie Holmes, Timothy Olyphant and Sarah Polley. Premieres Mon., January 11th @ 8:00pm.
    • WHITE COUNTESS A blind American man forms an interesting and loving relationship with a Russian escort; one struggles with a traumatic past while the other struggles with a shameful present. Ensemble cast includes the late Natasha Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave and Ralph Fiennes. Premieres Wed., January 20th @ 6:00am.
    • CITY OF GHOSTS Matt Dillon stars and makes his feature directorial debut in this thriller about a con man who leaves the US to avoid a criminal investigation, and ends up in more trouble than he bargained for. Premieres Wed., January 27th @ 9:45pm.

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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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A-O Rewind

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.


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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WTF Films

Artfully Off

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…


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.


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).


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.


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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