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The discerning film nerd’s guide to Friday at Comic-Con

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It feels like it was just yesterday I was pouring over this year’s Thursday schedule at San Diego Comic-Con to put together The Discerning Film Nerd’s Guide to the best programming.

Wait, that wasn’t yesterday, that was like three hours ago. Boy, time sure doesn’t fly when you’re missing out on Comic-Con.

Anyway, Comic-Con’s Friday schedule is now up as well and once again I’ve poured over it to bring you the most intriguing looking panels. Remember that I don’t include anything from Hall H, which is a whole other beast, although I were ever going to wait in line for three hours in the hot San Diego sun behind a dude in a Chewbacca mask who smells like feet, Friday would be the day I did it. First glimpses of the “Spider-Man” reboot, Soderbergh’s “Haywire,” and Nicolas Cage and Neveldine/Taylor’s “Ghost Rider?” I’m ready to startin hitchhiking as soon as I finish this post.

11:00-12:00 Page One
CC2K11 Description: The opening page of a comic sets up everything that comes after it, for good or ill. Carla Speed McNeil (“Finder”), Jen Van Meter (“Hopeless Savages”), Greg Rucka (“Stumptown”), and moderator Douglas Wolk discuss great first pages of comics and the way they can instantly pull their audience in and establish the tone and themes of a story. Room 32AB

Matt’s Notes: No movie connection here, but what a brilliant and unusual idea for a panel, examining sort of the comic book equivalent of our 50 Greatest Opening Titles list. The lineup features a very strong group of writers and artists and a very smart moderator (Wolk’s “Reading Comics” is one of the best books you’ll find on the subject).

12:45-1:45 Legendary Pictures: Preproduction Preview
CC2K11 Description: Legendary Pictures holds its first-ever Comic-Con panel and shares an early look at some of the movies on the company’s upcoming film slate. Fans will be able to access Legendary’s plans, garner sneak peeks at their movies in preproduction, and hear from filmmakers and cast members from the upcoming “Pacific Rim,” “Seventh Son,” “Paradise Lost,” and “Mass Effect.” Panel participants include Jeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Guillermo del Toro, Ben Barnes, Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Alicia Vikander, Alex Proyas, Sergei Bodrov, Travis Beacham, Mark Protosevich, and Casey Hudson. Room 6BCF

Matt’s Notes: I have no idea why this panel, with that impressive roster of celebrity guests, is in Room 6BCF and not Hall H, but take advantage of it (get there early, though; there’s sure to be a line). We already told you about the “Mass Effect” announcement but I’m most interested in “Pacific Rim,” Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming monster movie starring Hunnam and Elba, which promises kaiju battles on an epic scale. Also it’s not too early to start talking about Elba’s character name in that movie: Stacker Pentecost. Stacker. Pentecost. Awesome.

3:30-4:15 The Military in Film
CC2K11 Description: The Armed Forces of the United States have been featured in film and television over the last century. How does the real military support the entertainment industry? U.S. Army Lt. Colonel John Clearwater (“Avengers,” “Hawaii Five-O”), U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Colonel Jason Johnston (“Battle: Los Angeles,” “Avatar”), U.S. Navy Lt. Michael Smith (“Battleship,” “NCIS”), U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel Francisco “Paco” Hamm (“Transformers,” “Iron Man 2”), and U.S. Coast Guard Commander Sean Carroll (“The Adjustment Bureau,” “Deadliest Catch”) offer an in-depth discussion and Q&A session. Moderated by U.S. Air Force veteran Jon Huertas, actor on ABC’s “Castle” and HBO’s “Generation Kill” and chairman for SAG Armed Forces Task Force. Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

Matt’s Notes: Another appealingly unusual panel. The U.S. military has a very strong presence in San Diego which suggests the turnout and the audience questions will be good and interesting.

6:45-7:45 RiffTrax Live
CC2K11 Description: Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett (RiffTrax.com, “Mystery Science Theater 3000”) return to Comic-Con to perform another live, hilarious riff to a classic short! Join the riffers for fun, laughs, and the latest news about their upcoming “Jack the Giant Killer” live show, a one-night event playing in select movie theaters nationwide in August. RiffTrax.com is the site where “MST3K”-style humor meets mainstream movies, TV shows, and vintage shorts. At RiffTrax they don’t make movies, they make them funny! Room 6DE

Matt’s Notes: Though own I plenty of both their releases, I’ve still never seen Rifftrax or Cinematic Titanic (the two offshoots of the old “Mystery Science Theater”) live. If you’re at Comic-Con you get a chance to see one of their shows (albeit a short one) for free. I wouldn’t hitchhike across the country for this one like I would “Ghost Rider 2,” but if I was in town I wouldn’t miss it.

7:45-8:45 Klingon Lifestyles Presentation
CC2K11 Description: When a diplomatic mission to Bajor goes awry, the crew of the IKV Stranglehold find themselves going through the looking glass to a world that is different from what they know. All life forms and alien cultures are welcome to the latest episode in the ongoing adventures of life aboard the Klingon vessel Stranglehold. Room 6A

Matt’s Notes: We went to this one year to shoot a little of it for a TV special we were making about Comic-Con and it did not disappoint. The Klingons put on a whole “lifestyle” presentation including, as I recall, a dramatic production of a Klingon play. The whole thing was mesmerizingly weird; it was so inside baseball that even when they weren’t speaking Klingon, it was like listening to people talk in another language. And then after the panel’s over, you can mingle with the Klingons and take pictures with them and have them insult you for being a puny, stupid, smelly human, which is hilarious.

9:00-10:00 Worst Cartoons Ever
CC2K11 Description: Jerry Beck (Cartoon Brew) once again compiles a new selection of the most terribly written, ugliest drawn, and unintentionally funniest animated films ever made. Cartoons include Mighty Mr. Titan (a physical fitness superhero) and Super President (a one-man weapon of mass destruction)! Room 6BCF

Matt’s Notes: They had me at physical fitness superhero.

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Final Countdown

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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Rev Up

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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Give Back

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…