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Joe Cornish and Nick Frost on why you should “Attack the Block” this weekend

Joe Cornish and Nick Frost on why you should “Attack the Block” this weekend (photo)

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“It’s a novel concept. There’s not a lot of alien movies around at the moment,” Joe Cornish said with a smile. Back at South by Southwest 2011, when we had our conversation, “Attack the Block”‘s writer and director was referring to “Paul,” the buddy alien road comedy written by and starring Simon Pegg and “Attack the Block” co-star Nick Frost, which was also playing at SXSW and about to open in theaters around the country. Four months later, “Attack the Block” is finally get its own U.S. release, but now it has to share multiplex screens with “Cowboys & Aliens” an enormous summer blockbuster that stars James Bond and Indiana Jones.

Cornish’s film may have lived most of its short life in the shadow of bigger movies, but I suspect it will have the last laugh. Sure, it’ll probably make less money than either of its mainstream counterparts. But it’s far and away the best picture of the three, and almost certainly the one that will be remembered years from now as one of the finer cult films of this era. Inspired by Cornish’s love of 80s creature features like “E.T.” and “Critters” and a scary real-life run-in with some violent hoodlums, “Attack the Block” is about a gang of South London teenagers who find their usual routine of troublemaking and muggings interrupted by a full-scale alien invasion. Armed with some fireworks, a samurai sword, and an assortment of South London slang, the crew set off to protect their housing project (a.k.a. “the block”) from otherworldly evil.

Frost co-stars as Ron, the local weed dealer. Asked whether he did any research for the role, Frost replied, “A lot of my adult life, I guess.” As you might suspect, this was a fun interview. Here it is, in two parts.

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“Attack the Block” opens this Friday; you can read our review of the film here. If you see it, we want to hear what you think. Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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