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Get Ready For “The Exorcist” On Stage

Get Ready For “The Exorcist” On Stage (photo)

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Tragedy tomorrow, pea soup tonight! The New York Times‘ ArtsBeat reports that the classic 1973 film “The Exorcist” — or at least the classic 1971 novel “The Exorcist” that inspired the 1973 film “The Exorcist” — is being mounted as a stage play for the first time at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse.

Now before you get all “Ah! ‘Carrie: The Musical!’ Unclean!” on me, let’s be clear: “The Exorcist” is not a musical (thank God, or in this case Satan). So cast any thoughts of Father Merrin doing a soft shoe as he sprinkles Regan with holy water out of our mind. Actually wait, before you cast any thoughts out of your mind: what song would you rather hear from an “Exorcist” musical: “The Power of Christ Compels You!” or
“Your Mother Sucks It In Hell (Regan’s Lament)?” Yeah, me too.

At this point I’d like to encourage you to get all “Ah! ‘Carrie: The Musical!’ Unclean!” by reading a post I wrote a few months ago about weird Broadway musical adaptations in honor of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” which, coincidence of coincidences, is reopening in its new less Taymory version tonight at the Foxwoods Theater. I’m being very silly here, but as Giffen managing director Ken Novice explains The Times‘ Erik Piepenburg, they’re planning a very dark show based on the original vision of author William Peter Blatty:

“The novel has a different take than the movie,” he said. “There’s a focus on the psychological aspects and questions of faith. The idea is to focus on those two elements as opposed to big special effects, or trying to create horror on stage in the way you would do for a movie.”

Sounds like bad news for folks hoping to sit in the pea soup splash zone (“I think it’s going to be more powerful than green pudding and spinning heads,” says Novice). The play does have a good pedigree, though: it’s being adapted by “Agnes of God” writer John Pielmeier and directed by John Doyle. The show opens in Los Angeles on July 3 of next year. And presumably, if it’s successful, we’ll get “The Exorcist On Ice!” sometime in 2013.

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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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