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Five David Mamet Movies We Love

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You know how on “30 Rock” Tracy Jordan is working towards his EGOT to prove that he’s an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winning quadruple threat? Well writer and director David Mamet is working on it, too. He won a Pulitzer Prize and received a Tony nomination for “Glengarry Glen Ross.” He’s been nominated for an Oscar for “The Verdict” and “Wag the Dog.” He worked on Emmy winning television show “Hill Street Blues” and, well, surely he’s working on a Grammy, too.

Mamet is a modern Hollywood Renaissance man with turns as a writer, actor and director under his belt. His films range from “About Last Night” (Rob Lowe! Demi Moore! Jim Belushi!) to “Uncle Vanya” and almost everything in between. Today at 1:45 p.m. ET we are showing his film “State and Main,” starring William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Alec Baldwin as a film crew who wreaks havoc on a small Vermont town. The film got us thinking about Mamet and his work and we decided to make a list.

Here are five David Mamet movies we love:

1. “The Spanish Prisoner.”

This 1997 film written and directed by David Mamet centers on an elaborate confidence game. Mamet constructed a labyrinthine plot laden with twists and turns that keeps viewers guessing even after the lights go up.

2. “State and Main”

After its leading man’s love for teenage girls gets them banished from their New Hampshire location, a film crew relocates to the small town of Waterford, VT, to finish shooting. They wreak havoc on the town, the inhabitants and themselves during production.

3. “The Untouchables”

While Brian de Palma directed this gangster flick, Mamet wrote the screenplay of the film that stars Kevin Costner as government agent Eliot Ness in his efforts to bring Capone to justice during the Prohibition era.

4. “Wag the Dog”

This politically-minded black comedy, written by Mamet, stars Robert DeNiro as a Washington spin doctor who, days before a presidential election, distracts the electorate from a sex scandal by hiring a Hollywood film producer (Dustin Hoffman) to construct a fake war with Albania.

5. “Glengarry Glen Ross”

As a group of salesmen battle for their livelihoods in a real estate office, the men are prepared to engage in any number of unethical, illegal acts–from lies and flattery to bribery, threats, intimidation and burglary–to sell undesirable real estate. The film features great performances from Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Ed Harris and an incredible bit of acting by Alec Baldwin.

“State and Main” Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 1:45 p.m. ET and Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7:45 a.m. ET

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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…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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