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Nathan Fillion talks “Firefly” and how proud he is of Joss Whedon


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It was clear from the get-go that the “Serenity” screening that closed out the Hero Complex Film Festival on Sunday was the biggest draw to the fest. The event sold out within days of the line-up being announced, and the line for the screening started three hours prior to it beginning. With Nathan Fillion slated to come attend, fans had their “Firefly” shirts on and Whedonverse questions at the ready following the movie’s big screen showing.

Like “Freaks and Geeks” and “Arrested Development,” “Firefly” is one of those beloved programs that never quite found its audience on the small screen but has had an extended, passionate life on DVD. It was Joss Whedon‘s first post-“Buffy”/”Angel” TV series, and one that remains near and dear to his heart. After it was cancelled in 2003, Whedon was able to make a feature film called “Serenity” that came out in 2005 to cap off some of the unfinished storylines in the show. The movie didn’t quite make back its $39 million budget in its worldwide release, but it was clear that it was created for Whedon’s fans, not for profit.

Considering how popular Whedon has become now with the success of “The Avengers,” Fillion made it clear how proud he is that his frequent collaborator is now a household name.

“I find it very, very vindicating, and I think you all will too, being that I think everyone here in this room is a Joss Whedon fan, I think that’s fairly safe to say … we all know the man’s a genius,” Fillion said. “We all know how clever he is, and how he can really reach down and get you. Now everyone knows. And now these guys [executives] know too.”

The two of them have worked together on “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” and, more recently, Whedon’s take on “Much Ado About Nothing.” Fillion opened up about the experience shooting the project, saying that he almost backed out due to his inability to memorize his Shakespeare lines and his commitment to his ABC show, “Castle.”

“With kind words of encouragement and ‘don’t worry about its,’ [Whedon] would not let me chicken out,” Fillion said. “Thank god, because I had a great time. It eventually clicked, and I had a great time.”

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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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