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Tonight get to know HAL 9000 in “2001: A Space Odyssey”


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Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” is one of those movies that every film fan absolutely must watch, lest they end up getting cornered at a bar by some drunk man with anchovy breath who has no personal space boundaries and is determined to tell them in excruciatingly explicit detail how amazing the movie really is, no, REALLY is. Before this gruesome fate befalls you, tune in today at 5 p.m. ET to watch the epic exploration of life, the universe, and everything. One warning: You’ll be humming the theme song for-EVER. We’re fans of the 8-bit version:

While you’re watching Kubrick’s spage-age sci fi masterpiece, you’ll get to know a certain super-computer named HAL 9000, who guides astronauts (Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester) on a trip to find the origins of humanity. Unfortunately, like many a protocol-driven super-computer (C3PO not included) HAL is determined to stay on mission even when the welfare of the crew is at stake. Stanley Kubrick does give HAL a heavy dose of humanity and when an astronaut’s got to do what an astronaut’s got to do, you end up feeling almost bad for the machine. Once you get to know HAL, you can incorporate him into your daily life for, you know, fun and games:

Here’s the trailer. Watch, learn, tune in:

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“2001: A Space Odyssey” airs today on IFC at 5:00 PM ET; Friday, Oct. 12 at 9:00 AM ET; and Sunday, Nov. 4 at 6:00 AM ET and 2:15 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

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Cancel it!

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

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