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8 Surprising Facts About the Alien Series

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4. Yaphet Kotto Attempted to Change His Fate

One of the most entertaining anecdotes about the filming of Alien came courtesy of Yaphet Kotto, who played Chief Engineer Parker. Kotto was obsessed with improvisation, and on the day he was supposed to shoot his death scene he insisted to Scott that he was going to survive.

(Source: the book Alien Vault)


3. Sigourney Weaver Landed the Behind-The-Back Shot in One Take

In Alien: Resurrection, Ripley drops a basketball through a hoop from half court from behind her back. She trained for two weeks to make the shot and did it right when the camera started rolling, prompting Ron Perelman to break character.

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2. Newt Loved the Duct

Child actress Carrie Henn never did another movie after Aliens, which might be for the best. During her scene with Ripley in the air ducts, Henn kept purposely blowing her lines so she could do the three-story slide into the pool of water at the end.

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1. The Nostromo Spent 20 Years in Someone’s Driveway

The model ship for the Nostromo in Alien was a massive affair, weighing in at over 500 pounds. But when production was over, it was slated for destruction. 20th Century Fox ended up giving it to collector Bob Burns, who kept it under a tarp in his driveway for two decades.

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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 IFC.com

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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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