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LAFF: “E.T.” phones home at special 30th anniversary outdoor screening


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There’s something about “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” that remains timeless. Sure, some of the special effects in Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic look a bit silly now and the excessive amounts of “Star Wars” references are funny in retrospect, but it’s easy to forget all that and become enraptures by the film that has charmed audiences for 30 years.

That’s the mindset that fans took when they headed to the Figat7th outdoor cinema to attend the free screening of “E.T.” hosted by the LA Film Festival. Those in attendance received free commemorative red hoodies to keep warm during the chill night as well as to celebrate the classic film. Hundreds showed up, some wearing their own “E.T.” shirts and others dressing in classic ’80s attire to win free tickets to some of the film festival’s other screenings this week.

But arguably the coolest part of the event was the arrival of the “E.T.” bicycle gang, which was arranged by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Led by 13-year-old Daniel Oakes and his E.T. plush toy, the group of riders recreated the classic bicycle scene in “E.T.” prior to the screening of the film. Fortunately there was a special bike valet for attendees who arrived on two wheels to park their vehicles.

As someone who has never had a chance to see “E.T.” on the big screen, it was a treat to be present at the free LAFF screening. And even though three decades have passed since it was first in theaters, audiences are still unable to resist the movie’s charms.

Attendees laughed, gasped and aww-ed at the appropriate times during the film, and it was clear that Drew Barrymore — who had her break-out role in this movie back when she was only seven — was the fan-favorite actress in the film. Considering the reception “E.T.” had at this screening, we bet fans are going to love it when the movie is released on Blu-Ray later this year.

Are you looking forward to “E.T.’s” upcoming 30th anniversary re-release? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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

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Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

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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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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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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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