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Five Reasons to Watch ‘Sin City’ Tonight

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Tonight at 8/7 c we are airing “Sin City” one of the best book-to-screen adaptations of a graphic novel. “Sin City” weaves together multiple storylines from the comic series’ history into a violent crime noir tale that paints the picture of the ultimate town without pity through the eyes of its roughest characters. There’s the street thug Marv (Mickey Rourke), whose desperate quest to find the killer of a prostitute named Goldie (Jaime King) will lead him to the foulest edges of town. There’s Dwight (Clive Owen), a photographer in league with the tough-as-nails if slightly sordid ladies of Sin City, headed by Gail (Rosario Dawson), who opens up a mess of trouble after tangling with a corrupt cop by the name of Jackie Boy (Benicio Del Toro). Finally, there’s Hartigan (Bruce Willis), an ex-cop with a heart problem who’s hell-bent on protecting a stripper named Nancy (Jessica Alba). The film also feature a who’s who supporting cast that includes Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Devon Aoki, and Nick Stahl. Need more reasons to watch tonight? Fine.

Five reasons to watch “Sin City” tonight:

1. Clive Owen

It’s no secret that we have a thing for Clive Owen whose movies we would like to remind you we ranked in order of cragginess, not too long ago. So of course we highly recommend tuning in to “Sin City” just to watch him at his craggiest.

2. Benicio del Toro

Craggy face lovers, this film is for you, not only does it have Clive Owen, but it also stars Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, and Benicio del Toro. We are big fans of del Toro, especially his work in “Che” and his turn as a corrupt cop is practically perfect.

3. Robert Rodriguez

We’ve been fans of Rodriguez for a long time, but he really earned our respect when he quit the Director’s Guild when they refused to let Frank Miller co-direct “Sin City.” The two had hashed out a deal after they developed and shot the opening scene utilizing a green-screen process to harness the stark, black-and-white look of the books as a litmus test for the rest of the production. Bros before directors, right?

4. Frank Miller

Famed comic book author Frank Miller (perhaps you’ve heard of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns?) teamed with Rodriguez to bring his Eisner Award-winning series “Sin City” to life. The collaboration created one of the most direct translations from page to screen of a comic series, with shots and dialogue adapted straight from the original comic’s panels. Miller has gone on to direct “The Spirit” and produce “300,” which was also based on a graphic novel he created.

5. Rosario Dawson

You can’t help but love a rags-to-riches story. Raised in a squat on the Lower East Side, at the age of 15, Rosario was discovered on her front porch step by photographer Larry Clark and Harmony Korine, and cast in the 1995 film Kids. She then went on to star in varied roles, ranging from independent films to big budget blockbusters. Besides we are always looking for an excuse to show this interview with the cast of “Girl Walks Into a Bar” from SXSW 2011:

“Sin City” airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET and Friday, Nov. 11 at 12:30 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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