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Summer Preview: Anywhere But a Movie Theater

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As our theatrical calendar attests, there will be plenty of reasons to leave the house this summer. But for those times when you’d prefer to stay in, there’s a wide array of American indies, international hits, and exquisite documentaries right at your fingertips on demand, online or on DVD. Here’s what will be coming to your televisions, computer screens, Netflix queues and store shelves from May through July.

On Demand

As always, our sister company IFC Films will release some of the biggest festival favorites from around the world this summer both at theaters and on demand, allowing people to choose what size screen they want to see Johnnie To’s actioner “Vengeance” (May 14), Ken Loach’s soccer drama “Looking for Eric” (May 21), the Cillian Murphy-Brendan Gleeson gangster tale “Perrier’s Bounty” (May 21), Mia Hansen-Løve’s French family drama “The Father of My Children” (May 28), “Bronson” director Nicolas Winding Refn’s Viking epic “Valhalla Rising” (June 4), the doc “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” (June 11), the incendiary Jessica Alba-Casey Affleck thriller “The Killer Inside Me” (June 18) and Agnès Jaoui’s dramedy “Let It Rain” (June 25). Meanwhile, the Sundance Selects label will premiere “Convention,” AJ Schnack’s documentary about the 2008 Democratic National Convention, on May 12th before a New York run at the IFC Center in June.

Meanwhile, IFC Films will also exclusively debut plenty of international hits via VOD on their Festival Direct label, which will bring home Ryosuke Hashiguchi’s drama “All Around Us” (May 5), the British “shockumentary” “The Possession of David O’Reilly” (May 5), “The Celebration” director Thomas Vinterberg’s latest comedy “When a Man Comes Home” (May 12), the Joshua Jackson road trip drama “One Week” (May 19), and Caroline Link’s follow-up to her Oscar-winning “Nowhere in Africa,” the drama “A Year Ago in Winter” (June 11).

05042010_SurvivaloftheDead.jpgMagnolia Pictures has also scoured the globe for some of the best films around and will deliver five festival favorites to living rooms across the country a month in advance of their release dates in theaters through their Ultra VOD service. Things kick off with George A. Romero’s latest zombie thriller “Survival of the Dead” (May 28), followed by Neil Jordan’s “Ondine” (May 7), starring Colin Farrell as a fisherman who believes he hooks a mermaid in this fairy tale; the claustrophobic Spanish horror flick “[REC] 2” (June 4), the sequel to the film that inspired the American horror hit “Quarantine”; “The Extra Man” (June 25), the new comedy from “American Splendor” directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini starring Paul Dano and Kevin Kline; and “Centurion” (July 23), a Roman action epic from “The Descent” director Neil Marshall starring Michael Fassbender and Dominic West, arriving on VOD well before its August 27th release in theaters.

Finally, there’s a new kid on the block with Red Flag Releasing, which will be putting out the Sundance-selected doc “8: The Mormon Proposition,” about the religious group’s influence on the California referendum on same-sex marriages in 2008 (narrated by “Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black), on VOD day-and-date with its release in theaters.

05042010_Pelada.jpgThose folks at Cinetic FilmBuff are no fools — just in time for World Cup season, they picked up the rights to the soccer doc “Pelada,” which will debut on VOD on June 7th before being released online through iTunes and Amazon on Demand. Seen through the eyes of two college players who didn’t make the pros, the film won raves at SXSW, Sarasota and IFF Boston for its look at the sport’s impact throughout the world. It won’t be the only sports-themed doc that Cinetic will be releasing this summer — tennis fans should take note of “Unstrung,” a film about seven junior tennis players trying to make it to the next level, which will be released via iTunes and Amazon VOD in June, and Richard Linklater’s ode to University of Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido, “Inning by Inning: Portrait of a Coach,” that will arrive on Hulu in July.

Other exciting FilmBuff titles include “Icons Among Us,” Michael Rivoira’s thorough history of contemporary jazz featuring interviews with everyone from Herbie Hancock to Terence Blanchard to Medeski, Martin and Wood, that will debut on iTunes day-and-date with its DVD release on May 11th, followed by a cable VOD run in June before July, which will give way to the VOD debut of Aleksandr Sokurov’s “The Sun” and the iTunes debut of Wong Kar-wai’s “Fallen Angels” and “Happy Together.” For further updates, you can follow them on Twitter.

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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 IFC.com

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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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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…