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A Star Melanie Griffith Movie Double Feature Day

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Today’s double feature stars none other than Hollywood royalty, Melanie Griffith. Daughter of Tippi Hedren of Alfred Hitchcock fame and producer Peter Griffith, Melanie Griffith was a wildly hot commodity in the 80s and early 90s. She was such an A-List celebrity she was even married to Don Johnson. Twice. She was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe for her role as a sassy cubicle jockey in Working Girl. Time has passed, roles have become more elusive, she has struggled with substance abuse. Now the actress has settled in with actor Antonio Banderas (hello, trading up) and dropped off the radar a bit. Her star has dimmed, but, since everything from the 80s is making a comeback, can it be too long before Melanie Griffith is in high demand again? You heard it hear first. To jumpstart her return to stardom, we are showing a Melanie Griffith double feature tonight.

After scaring the pants off of parents and receiving much critical acclaim for his first feature film Kids, writer and director Larry Clark followed up with Another Day in Paradise. Similar in some ways to Drugstore Cowboy, the film follows a loose-knit family of drug-addicted criminals in a disturbing downward spiral in the Midwest in the 1970s. Melanie Griffith stars as drug dealer James Woods desperately melancholy girlfriend, Sid. She and Woods try to help (er…abet) his nephew (Vincent Kartheiser) and girlfriend (Natasha Gregson Wagner), but they all get sucked into a messy crime spree with tragic results.

Following the dismal decline documented in Another Day in Paradise, comes a film ripe for joyful ribbing and good-natured mocking. Fear City has all the trappings of a cult classic: strippers, martial arts, Lando Calrissian, lipstick lesbians, a serial killer on the loose, and Rae Dawn Chong. Tom Berenger–who really used to be somebody and had the feathered hair to prove it–stars as a pimp/nightclub owner who is sick of his girls getting murdered. Billy Dee Williams is a cop determined to catch the sick freak stalking the streets of Manhattan and terrorizing the law-abiding citizens. Also, the not law-abiding citizens. Our featured star, Melanie Griffith stars as a different kind of working girl. She is a fresh faced stripper inexplicably named Loretta who has stolen the secretly golden heart of her pimp. Her hair alone is worth the price of admission and the icing on the cake is her love scene with 80s queen Rae Dawn Chong.

Here’s the rather brilliant trailer for Fear City and don’t worry about forgetting the feature’s title, they say it about twelve times:

Another Day in Paradise starts at 8 p.m. ET and Fear City follows at 9:45 p.m. ET

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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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