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Wanna Get Nuts? Michael Keaton’s 10 Greatest Movie Freakouts

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No one can lose his mind on command quite like Michael Keaton. After all, the man has had a lot of practice. But his latest freakout will perhaps go down as his most famous of all time, as it was the one that helped him earn a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination. Before Hollywood’s big night, though, the Birdman star could earn another victory at the Spirit Awards. Before we find out if his latest manic movie moment earns him another victory at the ceremony, which airs LIVE on Sat, Feb 21 at 5p ET, we celebrate our 10 favorite Michael Keaton freakouts from the big screen.

10. “Fight Club,” Birdman

Michael Keaton walked away with a statuette at the Golden Globes and he’s up for Best Actor at the Oscars and the Spirit Awards, and he has this particular onscreen freakout to thank. There’s always at least one major moment that blows everyone away, and the combination of his mental breakdown and tumble with Edward Norton in his underwear easily earned that title.


9. “Let’s Get Nuts,” Batman

There have been many Batmans, but none could mentally go from zero to 60 at the drop of a hat like Keaton. And we mean from calm, cool and collected to “I’m about to lodge this fire poker through your skull if you don’t back off.” Sometimes when you’re trying to distract Jack Nicholson’s Joker, you have to lose your cool.


8. “Til Death Do Us Part,” Beetlejuice

Keaton’s entire performance as the iconic Beetlejuice is basically one freakout stretched out over the course of an hour-and-a-half, so it’s difficult to whittle this film down to just one epic moment. But that got us thinking: what makes normal men — you know, the none ghost-like — become stark-raving mad? Marriage! Which would then make Beetlejuice’s wedding scene with Winona Ryder one massive ball of anxiety.


7. “You Crossed The Line,” Pacific Heights

Keaton has never been more freaky than he was as the creepy apartment subletter in Pacific Heights. He became Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction meets Christian Bale in American Psycho, and his pop-out from behind the doorway made us completely lose control of our bowels. We know, we know — #TMI.


6. “I Love Pizza,” Multiplicity

What would you do if you discovered not one, not two, but three clones of yourself walking around your home and meddling with your life? You’d flip the f— out, right? So who can blame Keaton’s Doug for doing just that? However, our favorite part has to be when he meets Doug #4. Not only is the original Doug trying to keep it together, but the latest clone is going cuckoo for pizza.

5. “Investments My Ass,” Penthouse North

Rule #1 for when you come across a villainous Keaton: never tell him about any secret treasure that may or may not reside in your apartment. It’s like that old book we used to read as kids: If you give a Keaton a diamond, he’s gonna want more…and he’ll dangle you from the rooftop to get them.


4. “Go F— Yourself,” The Paper

There are those who pride themselves on their patience, but Keaton’s onscreen characters are usually not among them, especially not Henry Hackett. When the editor of a New York City-based newspaper is berated in a continuous stream of insults on the phone, he’s going to fight back, and the explosion will be cataclysmic.


3. “I’ll Straighten Out My Chair,” The Dream Team

As Christopher Lloyd learned the hard way, you don’t invade the personal space of a man and demand he fix his chair when said man has a raging anger management problem. Luckily, no one was hurt during the massive freakout that followed.(Well, save for the chair.) The only thing that’s more epic in this moment from The Dream Team is perhaps Keaton’s mullet


2. “I Am God,” Clean and Sober

Getting sober is no easy task for a recovering drug addict. But rehab, as Keaton depicts in the underrated Clean and Sober, is the perfect breeding ground for some rage fits. Hey, whatever makes the time go by faster and the pain more bearable, right?


1. “Is He Out?,” Desperate Measures

There was a reason McCabe, Keaton’s character in Desperate Measures, was locked away in confinement for so long: anything that could be turned into a blowtorch would be turned into a blowtorch. The only thing scarier is the actor’s rippling pectoral region. Some guys just shouldn’t have bulging muscles, and on Keaton, well, they make him look like a serial killer. Oh wait! That’s what he was going for.

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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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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…