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Kevin Smith’s “Red State” hits OnDemand this week

Kevin Smith’s “Red State” hits OnDemand this week (photo)

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After almost five years of hype, controversy, and spectacle, Kevin Smith’sRed State” will finally get its public release this week, bringing the veteran filmmaker’s terrifying tale of religious zealotry to audiences outside the festival circuit.

That’s right: As of September 1, “Red State” will be available via OnDemand video for everyone who couldn’t make it to one of the limited theater and festival screenings of the film that have occurred in recent months. The film will then be released on DVD October 18 — the same week his first film, “Clerks,” was released 17 years ago.

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For those who haven’t been following the saga of Smith’s “Red State,” the film tells the tale of a violent religious group led by preacher Abin Cooper (played by Michael Parks) that crosses paths with both the local police and the ATF as their agenda escalates from fundamentalist gospel to the deadly enforcement of their god’s law. Along with Parks, the film also stars John Goodman, Oscar-winner Melissa Leo, and Stephen Root.

Originally announced back in 2006, the film has a had a long and tumultuous road to public screening, with Smith initially planning to auction the rights to the film to distributors attending its January premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. However, Smith opted to go the self-distribution route after the film was screened, and “auctioned” the rights to himself for $20.

“Red State” will finally become available for public audiences via OnDemand tomorrow (September 1), after concluding a one-week screening at Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema — a screening that allows its cast and creators to be eligible for next year’s Academy Awards.

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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

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Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

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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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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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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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