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10 Hollywood Ripoffs That Are Awesome Anyway


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6. Galaxy Quest

Movie it Ripped-Off: Three Amigos
Galaxy Quest and Three Amigos are both about aging actors who are asked to assuage a violent situation by people who ignorantly believe the roles they played on television were real. In both cases, the actors find their inner awesomeness and rise to the occasion. And in both cases, the resulting films offer infinitely great and re-watchable comedy classics.

7. Doomsday

Movie it Ripped-Off: Escape from New York
Doomsday‘s story of a sealed-off Scotland doesn’t just lift from John Carpenter’s Escape from New York, it rips-off Carpenter’s entire 1980s aesthetic, with a little Mad Max thrown in there as well. But that’s certainly not a bad thing with a guy like Neil Marshall in charge. What Doomsday lacks in originality, it more than makes up in carnage and bloodshed.

8. A Fistful of Dollars

Movie it Ripped-Off: Yojimbo
The first entry in Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood’s legendary Man with No Name trilogy is basically a complete remake of Akira Kurosawa’s samurai film, Yojimbo. But that’s hardly a crime with a story this classic and fun, told this well. See also Walter Hill and Bruce Willis’ prohibition version of the same story with 1996’s Last Man Standing.

9. Oblivion

Movie it Ripped-Off: Moon
Oblivion actually rips-off a whole slew of science fiction movies, so many that it almost becomes adorable. But its two biggest thefts come from Wall-E, which you can basically tell from the trailers, and Duncan Jones’ Moon. Unfortunately, discussing why would lead to some pretty big spoilers. Nevertheless, Oblivion manages to cull its multitude of influences into a film that is surprisingly coherent and enjoyable.

10. The Lion King

Movie it Ripped-Off: Kimba the White Lion
Who doesn’t love The Lion King? No one, that’s who! Unfortunately, when Disney made the film, the borrowed liberally from a Japanese film called Kimba the White Lion, which was created by Astro Boy creator Osamu Tezuka. Not that this will diminish your love of The Lion King, but the similarities between the two films are kind of shameless.

What is your favorite Hollywood ripoff? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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