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Five favorite Billy Bob Thornton roles


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We’re showing “Monster’s Ball” tonight at 8/7c. It’s a blistering Southern gothic melodrama from director Marc Forster that is sure to get your stomach in a knot and your tear ducts flowing, so be sure to serve nachos because nachos solve everything, which is why they serve them at Camp David. (<---FACT*) The film stars Billy Bob Thornton as Hank Grotowski, a vehement racist whose wife committed suicide some years ago. He works as a corrections officer at a Louisiana prison. No one feels the sting of Hank’s seething bitterness more than his own son (Heath Ledger), whose own self-loathing reaches the point of no return when he follows in his mother’s footsteps after his father admits his lifelong hatred for him. This sudden tragedy prompts a turning point in Hank’s life as he strikes up a completely unexpected romance with the struggling widow (Berry) of the last prisoner he executed (Sean Combs), much to the chagrin of his ailing yet even more despicable father (Peter Boyle). Milo Addica and Will Rokos received an Oscar nomination for their original screenplay. While Halle Berry got a well-deserved Oscar for her portrayal of a grief-stricken widow, Thornton does an incredible job making racist corrections officer Grotowski into a sympathetic character. But that's what audiences have come to expect from Thornton, whether he's portraying a drunken seasonal employee or voicing a character in "Princess Mononoke," Thornton always delivers. Here's our list of five of our favorite Billy Bob Thornton roles: 1. Ed Crane in “The Man Who Wasn’t There”

2. Coach Gary Gaines in “Friday Night Lights”

3. Jacob in “A Simple Plan”

4. Willie in “Bad Santa”

5. Karl Childers in “Slingblade”

* Not a fact

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“Monster’s Ball” airs tonight at 8/7c; Thursday, Sep. 6 at 12:45 AM ET; Tuesday, Sep. 18 at 11:00 PM ET; and Wednesday, Sep. 19 at 1:30 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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