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Starstruck: Movies for Aspiring Rocker Girls

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Starstruck airs on IFC at 11:05 a.m. ET. It is the story of an Australian teen who dreams of becoming a pop sensation. Her cousin is determined to manage her and their adventures in pursuit of super stardom make for light musical comedy fare. Will Jackie become famous? Can she win the talent show and save her parents’ cafe? Will Angus get the girl? Can Jackie handle the pressure? In many ways, these are universal questions that plague every up-and-coming wannabe rock ‘n’ roller. While in olden times people used to look in Virgil or the Bible for answers, we turn to movies.

Here are a few films that should be in every aspiring rockstar’s cinematic playlist:

Down and Out With the Dolls (Dir. Kurt Voss, 2001)

It’s a raunchy, raucous tale of an all-girl punk band from Portland, Ore. The girls are gritty and crass, which makes the movie all the more fun.

Jubilee (Dir. Derek Jarman, 1978)

A cavalcade of punk rock bands including Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Slits, and Adam and the Ants parades across the screen in avant guard queer filmmaker Derek Jarman’s ode to rock. Bonus points because Brian Eno provided the score.

The Runaways (Dir. Floria Sigismondi, 2010)

The fictionalized account of Joan Jett’s and Cherrie Currie’s rise to rock super stardom is, perhaps surprisingly, a great film. In fact, it is on our list of films you have to see before making your 2010 top ten lists.

Girl (Dir. Jonathan Kahn, 1998)

The film version of Blake Nelson’s phenomenal young adult novel “Girl” is the story of an over-achieving high school girl played by Dominique Swain (remember her?) who abandons it all to live the rock ‘n’ roll dream. The film is notable for the incredible supporting cast of rising stars including Selma Blair, Tara Reid, Summer Phoenix and Portia de Rossi Degeneres.

Don’t Need You: The Herstory of Riot Grrrl (Dir. Kerri Koch, 2005)

This documentary chronicles the Riot Grrl movement and features interviews with everyone from Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna to Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker. The interviews combine with live performance footage to document an essential moment for women in music.

The Legend of Billie Jean (Dir. Matthew Robbins, 1985)

Couldn’t find the trailer to this film, but Joan Jett’s video for the theme song gives you the gist of the story. Basically, Helen Slater cuts her hair and ups her punk cred a hundred-fold:

Starstruck airs on IFC at Thursday, Nov. 18 at 11:05 AM ET and Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 9:50 AM EDT

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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…