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What to Watch on IFC: March 12-18

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We’re living large in Texas this week as we work to bring you the best that SXSW has to offer, but that doesn’t mean we forgot about you couch sitters at home. We have a full line up of the best films and shows ready to entertain you, while we try to figure out if the stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas like they say in “Peewee’s Big Adventure.”

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

We were too busy slamming Lone Stars working extremely hard to remember to do this post yesterday, so how about we all watch the Comedy Bang! Bang! sneak peek again and pretend like this never happened. Look, it’s Paul F. Tompkins!

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Tuesday

After an illusion goes tragically wrong, two 19th-century magicians (Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale) engage in a bitter and potentially deadly rivalry. It’s “The Prestige” and it has David Bowie as Tesla, what else do you need to know? Oh, it’s on at 8 and 10:30 p.m. ET. Now go watch!

Wednesday

We’re getting in touch with our inner Oprah and giving frights to everyone tonight! There’s a little horror for you and a little horror for you and a little horror for you when we show “Open Water” at 8 and 9:45 p.m. ET and “Saw II” (with two times as much Donnie Wahlberg as “Saw I”) at 11:30 p.m. ET.

Thursday

We’re having a party and everyone’s invited! Well everyone except the guy who brought Zima last time. Kid N’ Play’s “House Party” starts at 8 p.m. ET and goes until the cops bust it up. Everyone start rollin’:

Friday

Hey word nerds, drop the Words with Friends and watch “Wordplay” at 12:30 p.m. ET. The documentary follows New York Times crossword diety Will Shortz on an exploration of everyone’s favorite past time: The crossword puzzle. There are interviews with a variety of celebrity crossword-puzzle enthusiasts, including Bob Dole, Ken Burns, and Jon Stewart, plus a free trip to the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.

Saturday

We’re showing David Fincher’s “Se7en” on St. Patrick’s Day, so if a leprechaun offers you a box of gold, DO NOT OPEN THE BOX. Slam a few green beers on your couch instead and tune in to see Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman get their cop drama on at 8 and 10:45 p.m. ET.

Sunday

Cancel your plans, screw brunch, stay and watch our “Arrested Development” marathon on Sunday from 12 – 2 p.m. ET.

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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…