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What to watch on IFC tonight: “Pitch Black”


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So far during our week-long Movies That Go Bang! Bang! event, we’ve taken you to a dystopian future Los Angeles in “Escape From LA” to a crime-addled sword wielding past in “Conan the Barbarian” and to the outer reaches of ocean fishing in “The Perfect Storm.” One place we haven’t gone? Outer space. But that’s about to change when we show “Pitch Black” tonight at 8 p.m. and again at 10:15 pm ET.

In this science fiction thriller, a spaceship is transporting a disparate group of people to a far-away galactic outpost called New Mecca. Mechanical failures combined with some debris from a comet cause the craft to crash-land on an abandoned desert planet that has three suns and no night, but is not Tatooine, so don’t ask. The only member of the crew to make it through the wreck is junior pilot Carolyn Fry, played by Radha Mitchell, who you may recognize from an entirely different genre film, “High Art”. The passengers who survived the crash include a police officer (Cole Hauser) and the prisoner he’s transporting, Riddick (Vin Diesel). Riddick, however, has escaped his shackles and the cop needs to find him, and fast. However as Fry and the other survivors survey the abandoned dwellings of the desert world while trying to decide what to do next, one of them is killed by a mutant creature living in an abandoned mining site. Please note: Don’t go in caves on suspiciously desolate desert planets. The vicious and bloodthirsty prehistoric flying mutants, who live underground, have killed all previous inhabitants of the planet. Luckily they cannot stand sunlight, but it turns out the planet has a total eclipse every 22 years, and the latest one is due any moment. Their best hope? The criminal Riddick and some bioluminescent worms. What? Exactly. That’s why “Pitch Black” was a sleeper hit and a cult classic that spawned the sequel “The Chronicles of Riddick.”

Watch this trailer and then tune in tonight at 8/7c:

Tomorrow on Movies That Go Bang! Bang!: “Conan the Barbarian”; Saturday: “U-571”

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“Pitch Black” airs on IFC on Thursday, May. 17 at 8:00 PM and at 10:15 PM 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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