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It’s Jon Favreau Double Feature Day

It’s Jon Favreau Double Feature Day (photo)

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Jon Favreau is now a big time Hollywood director with multi-million dollar successes under his belt including “Iron Man”, “Iron Man 2”, and the upcoming “Cowboys & Aliens”, but he was once just a Hollywood newbie with stars in his eyes. He broke onto the scene with “Swingers” in 1996. In today’s double feature, we take a look back at his career in 2001’s “Made” and 2003’s “The Big Empty”.

In Made Jon Favreau reunites with his “Swingers” co-star Vince Vaughn in this caper about a boxer and his loud-mouthed friend who are aspiring gangsters. Bobby (Jon Favreau) and Ricky (Vince Vaughn) are given a chance to impress an L.A. mob boss, played by Peter Falk and jump at the opportunity to get “made”. The two find themselves in New York where they engage in light money laundering and heavy partying. The film, which is written and directed by Favreau, is occasionally overly-reliant on Vince Vaughn’s star power, but it is light and humorous and has enough surprise twists to keep the story moving along.

While “Swingers” firmly established Favreau as an up-and-coming star, The Big Empty made it clear that Favreau could carry an entire film, if necessary. Favreau stars as an in debt and struggling actor who has no choice but to take on a job delivering a mysterious suitcase to an equally mysterious character named Cowboy. His attempts to deliver the package leave him stranded in a small town filled with local color including Daryl Hannah and Rachel Leigh Cook, while Kelsey Grammar plays an FBI agent tracking the suitcase and Favreau. The film is a light and humorous noir-inspired romp with plenty of room for Favreau to show off his acting chops.

“Made” airs on IFC at 8 p.m. ET and “The Big Empty” starts at 9:35 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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