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9 Things to Know Before Watching The Spoils Before Dying Tonight

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Eric Jonrosh’s masterpiece The Spoils Before Dying has been transformed into an epic three-night television event, directed by Jonrosh himself. The film, which takes viewers on a journey through the seedy underbelly of the 1950s Los Angeles jazz scene was too much for governments around the globe, who banned the film to protect the public from the lurid tale of lust and jazz. But one copy remained and it will be shown on IFC starting tonight at 9p with back-to-back episodes. The steamy story of murder and music will unfurl with two more episodes each night on Thursday and Friday.

Here are 9 things you need to know before you watch The Spoils Before Dying tonight:

1. Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) plays Rock Banyon a struggling jazz pianist accused of murdering his beloved chanteuse, Fresno Foxglove (Maya Rudolph). Will trigonometry help him clear his name? Maybe.

2. Rock’s new mistress, and his one-time big band singer, Delores DeWinter (Kristen Wiig) loves razor clams and “love sandwiches”.

3. Eric Jonrosh’s (Will Ferrell) masterpiece The Spoils Before Dying was banned in 73 countries, including in the United States by an act of Congress, before IFC unveiled it.

4.  Jonrosh’s incendiary work was ordered destroyed by President Eisenhower himself, who swore the film would never be seen in this country. But one copy survived.

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5. Jonrosh once raced in Monte Carlo—and it wasn’t race day. Was he drinking Scotch-flavored gin? Perhaps.

6. Rock’s manager Alistair St. Barnaby (Haley Joel Osment) has no concept about true art and just wants Rock to record a mainstream jazz album.

7. While Jonrosh wrote the book, his “film-ification” of The Spoils Before Dying was inspired by Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil , Jazz on a Summer Day, Band of Outsiders, and more.

8. The Spoils Before Dying is produced by the team behind The Spoils of Babylon at Funny Or Die and executive produced by Ferrell, Adam McKay, Matt Piedmont, Andrew Steele and Nate Young. Steele and Piedmont return as writers, as Piedmont also directs.

9. If you don’t tune in doom awaits you. Dooooom!

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The Spoils Before Dying premieres on IFC TONIGHT at 9p.

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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…