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Five Reasons to Watch “Alien 3” on Saturday


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Ever dream of spending Saturday night cuddled up with an alien and/or Sigourney Weaver? Well, do we have a hot night in store for you when “Alien 3,” directed by David Fincher, airs on Saturday at 10:30/9:30c. In this installment of the Alien franchise, we find Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) crash landing on a barren penal-colony planet with an unwelcomed visitor in tow. There she contends with a group of hardened convicts while using nothing but her wits to battle a terrifying new breed of alien. If the sheer awesomeness of that plot line and the pedigree of “Alien” and “Aliens” aren’t enough to convince you to watch, here are five more reasons to tune in:

1. Ripley

Sigourney Weaver reprises her role as Ellen Ripley, a woman who is frequently scarier than the alien she is fighting. In “Alien 3,” Ripley is the only person who knows the alien well enough to beat it, and while her plan to corner and kill the creature just might work, a horrifying discovery reveals that her fight is far from over.

2. David Fincher

This film was Fincher’s big budget debut and it is hard to imagine the pressure of being a young director asked to follow in the footsteps of Ridley Scott (“Alien”) and James Cameron (“Aliens”). Fincher rose to the challenge and when you watch the film it is easy to see the talent that is so apparent in “The Social Network,” “Se7en,” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

3. Alien dog hybrid

As if HR Geiger’s alien wasn’t scary enough, in “Alien 3,” an alien stowaway gets intimate with a feral dog and a new breed of alien is born. This wee beastie is a stealthy hunter that moves on all fours and can navigate the darkened prison corridors virtually undetected. Not at all scary.

4. Fiorina 161

When Ripley’s escape pod crash lands, she winds up dependent on the inhabitants of Fiorina 161. It’s a group of rapists and murders who chose to repent for their sins in deep space after the penal colony was officially decommissioned. Cozy, right? Warden Andrews (Brian Glover) wisely puts her in the care of prison doctor Clemens (Charles Dance), and restricted to the infirmary until a rescue ship arrives. Things aren’t quite that easy though, what with an alien roaming free.

5. Charles S. Dutton

As Fiorina 161’s spiritual leader and de facto leader Dillon (Charles S. Dutton) tries his best to keep the peace in the facility of convicts. When Ripley lands on the planet, he finds himself in the position to counsel her as well, saving her life in the process. Also, he’s Charles S. Dutton! You should watch anything with him in it.

“Alien 3” airs on IFC on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 10:30 PM ET; Thursday, Jan. 19 at 10:30 PM ET; Friday, Jan. 20 at 3:30 AM ET; Sunday, Feb. 5 at 8:30 PM ET; and Monday, Feb. 6 at 2:30 AM ET

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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.)

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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

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