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Old School Punk Rocker Reveals Lost ’80s Western Featuring Kevin Costner

Old School Punk Rocker Reveals Lost ’80s Western Featuring Kevin Costner (photo)

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A truly strange cow punk flick, “Bad Day” just surfaced 24 years after it was shot by Modi Frank and Exene Cervenka of the L.A. punk band, X. It features legends like X bassist and frontman John Doe, The Flesh Eaters singer Chris D, and Grammy winner Dave Alvin, who also scored the film — which is silent. Also featured, and this is probably the best part, are Michael Blake and Kevin Costner.

Blake would go on to win an Oscar for writing “Dances with Wolves” in 1990, which Costner directed and starred in, and also took home two Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture. But when “Bad Day” was shot in 1986, Costner was a punk who’d had his scenes deleted from “The Big Chill” and had only just appeared in Lawrence Kasdan’s “Silverado.” No small feat really, his role as Jake was memorable and a hero to every red-blooded American boy who ever fancied a six-shooter. From what I’ve seen, it looks like Costner was playing a hilarious, drunk version of Jake in “Bad Day.”

Some proceeds from the film are going to a Louisiana charity that helps victims of the BP oil catastrophe in the Gulf. “I have friends in New Orleans, and they’re directly affected by the disaster because they’re breathing in this toxic air every day and their businesses are suffering,” Cervenka told Us Magazine. “They have to live knowing that their way of life has been compromised maybe… well, for years…” [Contact Music].

In related news, Costner is all over oil spill relief efforts too. If you’ve not been following his 15 year-old Ocean Therapy project, founded with his scientist brother, the short version is they invented a device that takes pollutants out of water using centrifugal force. After some initial delays, BP has actually deployed the Costner machines to help clean up their mess. Watch him, in a cozy nautical sweater, tell Anderson Cooper about it here.

Go to and pay what you want to see it.

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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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