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10 Movies Nobody Thought Would Get Sequels


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It’s a fact of Hollywood life that successful movies get sequels. But the 10 flicks on this list seemed like very unlikely properties to get another shot.

10. The Blues Brothers

The original Blues Brothers is a screwball comedy classic, but 18 years later original director John Landis and Dan Aykroyd returned for Blues Brothers 2000.

9. Saturday Night Fever

The defining document of the disco age was a smash hit, but six years later Tony Manero’s return in Staying Alive seemed a little too late.

8. Highlander

At the end of the first Highlander movie, only one of the head-chopping immortals remains, right? So how could a sequel even be possible? Oh, right: aliens.

7. Chinatown

It took twenty-six years to get The Two Jakes, and in the interim Jack Nicholson basically had an entire career.

6. Cocoon

This 1985 sci-fi favorite ends with all the old people going off to space, but despite that fairly solid closure a flop sequel followed a few years later.

5. Showgirls

Paul Verhoeven’s demented satire of the world of Vegas strippers landed a direct-to-video sequel in 2011, for some reason.

4. Beneath The Planet Of The Apes

The second Apes film ends with the entire Earth being destroyed, which you’d think would rule out a sequel. You’d be wrong.

3. Henry Fool

Hal Hartley’s 1997 slice of life did OK at the box office, but nobody expected it to spawn a sequel, Fay Grim, a decade down the line.

2. Happiness

Todd Solondz’s 1998 ensemble flick is almost impossible to watch without cringing, and audiences were baffled when he brought some of its characters back for Life During Wartime.

1. Clerks

Kevin Smith’s breakthrough first feature was a black & white low-budget oddity, so the fact that he made a follow-up a dozen years later came as quite a shock.

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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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