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What to Watch on IFC in May

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Now that the season has changed for the better, we here at IFC are feeling the love and gearing up for a spring fling featuring seductive films to warm up the temperature, outdoors or in. Thursday, May 6th, kicking off at 8pm, tune in for a kinky office love affair in “Secretary,” starring recent Oscar nominee (for “Crazy Heart”) Maggie Gyllenhaal. And catch Kate Winslet and Geoffrey Rush in “Quills,” a period film about the Marquis de Sade, imprisoned but still writing his black markets books that were too racy to be published legally.

Plus, check out the unedited version of the sensuous “Wide Sargasso Sea,” and the original documentaries “Indie Sex: Extremes,” “Indie Sex: Censored” and “Indie Sex: Teens,” to learn everything you need to know about sex in cinema.

310x229_tigerland.jpgLater this month, IFC honors Memorial Day with a host of war films beginning Sunday, May 30th at 8pm, and all day Monday, May 31st. It all starts with Oliver Stone’s 1987 Oscar winning film “Platoon,” starring Charlie Sheen as a soldier facing distress after being recruited to the Vietnam War. The ensemble cast also includes Forest Whitaker, Johnny Depp, Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe.

Another Vietnam film, Joel Schumacher’s “Tigerland,” gave Colin Farrell his first leading role as a war-opposing recruit at a US training camp who tries to help soldiers get discharged. Also tune in for World War II dramas “The Good German,” starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett, “Days of Glory,” and “Black Book,” and classic films including “The Story of Women” and “Ballad of a Soldier.”

“The IFC Media Project” makes its returns in May with four all-new episodes, featuring news journalists from the New York Times, the Huffington Post and other national as well as international publications. The four-part series takes an inside look at fear, war, greed and disaster in the media. Don’t miss it every night at 8pm May 24th through May 27th.

Plus, every Sunday at noon you’ll be able to find a marathon of episodes from one of our series. On this month’s schedule: “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” “Food Party,” “Modern Toss,” and “Dinner with the Band.”

310x229_chapter_27.jpgPREMIERES THIS MONTH:

    • CHAPTER 27 In the three days leading up to music legend John Lennon’s assassination on a New York City street, “Chapter 27” takes a look at how Mark David Chapman planned the infamous murder. Jared Leto gained 60 pounds for his role as Chapman. Also stars Lindsay Lohan. Premieres Wed 05/12/10 at 8:00PM.
    • SHERRYBABY Maggie Gyllenhaal received much critical acclaim for her role as a mother who, after being released from prison, realizes trying to get her life back to normal is anything but easy. Premieres Sun 05/16/10 at 4:15PM.
    • SAW This cult horror favorite that launched a franchise introduces us to the Jigsaw Killer, who uses torturous techniques while pitting people against each other so that one must eventually die. Stars Cary Elwes and Danny Glover. Premieres Sun 05/23/10 at 8:15PM.
    • PROZAC NATION Based on the memoir of the same name, “Prozac Nation” follows a young woman who struggles with depression during her first year as a journalism major at Harvard. The cast includes Christina Ricci, Jason Biggs, Michelle Williams, Jessica Lange and Anne Heche. Premieres Fri 05/28/10 at 8:45PM.

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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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