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The Spoils of Babylon: Will Ferrell leads all-star cast in IFC’s absurdist soap opera

The Spoils of Babylon premieres at 10 tonight on IFC. Never heard of Eric Jonrosh? Well, then, you’re missing out on one of the greatest literary minds the 20th century ever produced, a raconteur of prodigious wit that created unforgettable dramas that seared into the psyche and soul of America. At least that’s what The Spoils of Babylon, the wonderfully absurdist new comedy from IFC, would have you believe. Taking aim squarely at those overwrought, bloated miniseries that were staples of the 1980s (think The Thorn Birds, The Winds of War), the six-part — ahem — saga follows the twisted […]

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Comedy Bang Bang returns for Season 2 of inspired lunacy on IFC

Comedy Bang! Bang! Fridays beginning July 12 IFC, 10pm ET/PT Maybe it was the Ghoulies joke. I’ll admit to having largely missed out on the first season of Comedy Bang! Bang!, IFC’s free-form send-up of the talk-show genre. Then when I put in the screeners for two episodes of Season 2, with guest stars Andy Samberg and Aziz Ansari, I sat there for a while not too impressed, finding the endless stream of improvised gags feeling at times like a laborious outtake reel — you know, like those ones for Judd Apatow or Will Ferrell movies where you’re shocked at […]

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Marc Maron gets real on IFC’s “Maron”

Maron Friday, May 3 IFC, 10pm ET Marc Maron is in a good place. Such a simple sentence, but it’s taken so much to make it a reality. A few years ago, the acerbic comedian was reeling financially and emotionally from his second divorce and a floundering career. That’s when almost on a lark he started inviting fellow comedians — many of whom he’d been friends with, and in some cases he had become jealous of for their success — over to his garage for interviews that he recorded for a modest podcast. WTF With Marc Maron eventually became an […]

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IFC: Carrie Brownstein is back in “Portlandia”

Yep, the dream of the ’90s is still alive in Portland, and it’s coming back tomorrow night when Portlandia returns to IFC for Season 2. Amid the returning characters played by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein and their usual guests, the new season boasts an impressive roster of visiting talent, mostly from the music world, including Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse), Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Johnny Marr (The Smiths), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Annie Clark (St. Vincent) and others. It’s not terribly surprising, considering Portlandia’s Brownstein has a musical pedigree that includes indie rock darlings Sleater-Kinney and her current project, Wild […]

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“Portlandia” returns on IFC with Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig, others

Portlandia fans, rejoice. IFC’s original comedy starring Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live) and Carrie Brownstein (Wild Flag, Sleater-Kinney) will return with Season 2 Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 — bringing a bevy of talent both likely and unlikely to the show’s (arguably?) fictional version of Portland. Some of the names arriving in Portlandia for the new season are logical enough — Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig, both SNL castmates of Armisen’s, will be taking part in skewering the Pacific Northwest town. More out of left field will be additions like Penny Marshall, Jack McBrayer, Tim Robbins and Amber Tamblyn. As always, […]

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Today in Network Swag: IFC’s “Whisker Wars”

By Jeff Pfeiffer Follow @ChannelGuideJP This Friday at 11pm ET, IFC premieres its new docu-comedy series Whisker Wars. The show spotlights the world of competitive facial hair growing, following a group of competitors as they travel the country competing for top bearding honors in preparation for the World Championship Competition in Norway. In promotion of this series, IFC sent me a very cool package of old-school, all-natural men’s shaving products from Portland General Store in Portland, Maine. Shipped in a sweet cigar box, the kit includes Wood Super Thick Body Cream; Racer Shave Cream; Whiskey Sea Mineral After Shave Splash; […]

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Monty Python to reunite LIVE onstage … well, mostly

by Karl J. Paloucek If you’re like a lot of Monty Python fans, chances are you don’t have an invite for the troupe’s 40th anniversary reunion at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. (If you do, ya wanna sell it?) Short of being able to attend, you still can watch the event as it unfolds, as it will stream live on both IFC.com and PythOnline.com. It’s been more than 10 years since the five surviving members of Monty Python — John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin — reunited for one of these events. (Fans […]

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Thu Tran Raps As “Food Party” Wraps Up … For Now

by Karl J. Paloucek She’s the focal point of one of television’s coolest shows in recent memory. Thu Tran, creator and star of Food Party on IFC, is a bundle of energy with an obsession for all things cute, cool and food-related. We interrupted her lunch to get some answers from this artist and visionary responsible for some of the most lunatic television we’ve seen in years, to find out her views on cannibalism and to ask about the fate of her utterly absurd series. How do you feel about the season you’ve just finished on IFC? I thought it […]

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Movies

Five Fabulous Flicks

There’s a worthy film for every night of your week. Here are our picks for April 26-30. Remember, all airtimes are ET. April 26 The Night of the Hunter (1955) “Leeeaning … leeeaning …” Never has a Protestant hymn been so creepy. Robert Mitchum stars as the preacher with LOVE and HATE tattooed on his fists and an agenda from a place a little south of heaven. TCM, 6pm ET April 27 Sabrina (1995) Nothing will replace Holden, Bogey and Hepburn in the original, but this Sydney Pollack-directed remake appropriately casts Harrison Ford as the uptight stuffed shirt who gets […]

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Five Fabulous Flicks (Plus Two)

by Karl J. Paloucek There’s a worthy film for every night of your week. Here are our picks for April 19-25. Remember, all airtimes are ET. April 19 The Pianist (2002) Director Roman Polanski revisits the Warsaw of his childhood in this compelling story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody) and his struggle to survive the destruction all around him. The film earned three Academy Awards, including Best Actor and Best Director. Harrowing and brilliant. IFC, 10pm ET April 20 The Conversation (1974) In between directing his epics The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II, Francis Ford Coppola