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David Cross talks playing a normal character in “It’s A Disaster”


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When fans finally get a chance to see “It’s A Disaster,” the apocalyptic comedy that premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last week, they likely won’t recognize leading man David Cross. Instead of playing a crazy ridiculous character like the ones we’ve come to know and love in shows like “Arrested Development” and “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret,” he’s going to be playing the normal person for once.

“David was excited because David gets to play a normal guy,” producer Kevin M. Brennan said when IFC caught up with him on the opening night LAFF red carpet. “He told me, he said, ‘Do you know how rare it is that I just get to play a normal human being?’ And he’s hilarious.”

Those are pretty much the same sentiments Cross echoed when we caught up with him the following week in a phone interview. He admitted that it was a nice change to not have to play a character that’s completely off the walls.

“That really was one of the things that I was attracted to,” he admitted. “I mean, the script was very tight and a very cool, funny idea, but also I was excited about the idea of finally getting to play someone who’s sort of a straight man in something, a little more grounded.”

“It’s A Disaster” tells the story of four couples who meet one Sunday for brunch only to realize that they’re all stuck in one house together while the world is potentially about to end. Even with the apocalypse seemingly imminent, they spend as much time worrying about their own relationship issues as they do their quickly approaching demises.

In addition to Cross, the film stars Julia Stiles and America Ferrera. Stiles had worked with Brennan and director Todd Berger in the past on some Internet videos, and came on board. Brennan and Berger knew Ferrera through her husband, Ryan Piers, and she also was quick to agree to a part. Berger was having trouble figuring out who to cast as Glenn, Stiles’s onscreen boyfriend, and it was Ferrera who suggested Cross — an actor Berger said he never would have considered as a possibility.

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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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