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Five Sigourney Weaver Roles We Love


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There’s no denying it: Sigourney Weaver is one of the greats. Her acting has an understated brilliance that allows her to play any part to the fullest, be it frustrated housewife, former political prisoner, an intergalactic scientist, or voicing an intergalactic ship in “Futurama.” She’s seemingly played one of everything throughout her career. Whether it’s voicing the computer in “Wall*E” or being Woody Allen’s date in “Annie Hall” or playing renowned scientist Dian Fossey in “Gorillas in the Mist.” And did you spot her in “Cabin in the Woods”? There’s nothing that Ms. Weaver can’t play, except perhaps a wallflower. Obviously she’s earned some attention over the years. She’s been nominated for Oscars for her work in “Gorillas in the Mist” and “Working Girl”; roles for which she won Golden Globes. There’s no role more closely identified with Weaver than that of Ellen Ripley. And that’s why we’re excited to show “Alien 3” tonight at 8/7c.

In the film Weaver reprises her role as Ellen Ripley, a woman who is frequently scarier than the alien she is fighting. In “Alien 3,” which is directed by David Fincher, Ripley crash lands on a barren penal-colony planet with an unwelcomed visitor in tow. It turns out she is the only person who knows the alien well enough to beat it. While her plan to corner and kill the creature just might work, a horrifying discovery reveals that her fight is far from over. It’s a frightening film made even more so by Weaver’s burning intensity as Ripley. She brings a fiery depth to the role and there’s no denying it: Sigourney Weaver is one of the greats.

Here are five of our favorite Sigourney Weaver roles:

1. Dana Barrett in “Ghostbusters”

2. Ellen Ripley in “Alien,” “Aliens,” “Alien 3” and “Alien Resurrection”

3. Janey Carver in “The Ice Storm”

4. Gwen DeMarco in “Galaxy Quest”

5. Grace Augustine in “Avatar”

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“Alien 3” is airing on IFC tonight at 8 PM ET; Saturday, May. 26 at 2:45 AM ET; Tuesday, May. 29 at 12:45 AM ET; Saturday, Jun. 9 at 10:15 PM ET; and Sunday, Jun. 10 at 2:45 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.)

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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