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Five Great Morgan Freeman Roles


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Morgan Freeman makes a great crime boss. Don’t believe us? Watch “Lucky Number Slevin” tonight at 11:30 p.m. ET. In the movie he delivers one of his pitch-perfect performances as The Boss who mistakes the unassuming Slevin (Josh Hartnett) for his the deeply indebted — and conveniently missing — friend Nick. Of course Freeman doesn’t believe his claims of innocence, because when Slevin tries to prove his identity it turns out his wallet was “stolen.” What wily crime boss would fall for that flimsy excuse? This series of events and the arrival of a notorious hit-man named Mr. Goodkat (Bruce Willis) forces Slevin to step up his game, find his friend and reclaim his identity before he’s forced to pay a debt that could cost him his life. It’s a delightfully labyrinthine murder mystery that is a must-see for fans of crime capers, Lucy Liu, or Morgan Freeman. And who isn’t a fan of Morgan Freeman? No one. The man is a blazingly brilliant actor who can make the most subtle acts dazzle. Take a peek at that picture up there and tell us you don’t know exactly what he’s saying with that look. Freeman is frequently understated in his performances, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a powerhouse. There’s nothing harder than delivering a look that says more than a thousand words ever could and that’s exactly what Freeman does in movie after movie. You know where this is going right? Yep, a list. While we were tempted to include his role as the Mad Scientist on “The Electric Company” on the list, we restrained ourselves. Does that mean we get cake?

Here are five of our favorite Morgan Freeman roles (so far):

1. Ellis Boyd ‘Red’ Redding in “The Shawshank Redemption”

2. Lucius Fox in “The Dark Knight”
We are also pretty excited for his role in “The Dark Knight Rises.”

3. Hoke Colburn in “Driving Miss Daisy”

4. Detective Lt. William Somerset in “Se7en”
Freeman’s portrayal of grizzled seen-it-all cops cannot be beat. We think he does it best here.

5. Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris in “Million Dollar Baby”

“Lucky Number Slevin” airs tonight at 11:30 p.m. ET; Tuesday, May. 29 at 8:00 p.m. ET and Wednesday, May. 30 at 12:15 a.m. 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.)

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

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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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