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Globe hangover.

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"You don't go up there to fish."The LA TimesTom O’Neil and the New York Post‘s Lou Lumenick must have been out for a cigarette break together, as they accomplish the journalistic voodoo of citing each others opinions on simultaneously published pieces. For O’Neil, these are the Gay/Socially Aware Globes:

"Capote," "Transamerica," "Breakfast on Pluto" and "Brokeback Mountain." Clearly, the Golden Globe nominations have a theme with a social message, which isn’t unusual. In liberal Hollywood, showbiz awards have often played a key role in the struggle for human rights. Perhaps the most dramatic example took place at the Globes in 1967 when award gurus assumed that "The Graduate" would sweep the gold derby. Instead, a curious plot twist occurred. While America’s cities burned during civil-rights riots, Globe voters sent protesters a clear signal of support by picking "In the Heat of the Night" as best drama picture.

Lumenick is among the crowd calling this year’s noms a snub of the major studios, which is sort of true, but not really. It was surprising that "Munich" and "King Kong" were left off the the Best Picture list, but of the other snubbed films he lists, "Capote" is technically an indie (Sony Pictures Classics), while "A History of Violence," which did get a nod, seems indie in tone but is actually released by New Line. The takeaway point being perhaps that no one can tell the fucking difference anymore — viva the age of the middle-budget (and -brow?) film.

Post-Globe nom: at the LA Times, Susan King talks to Michelle Williams and Mary McNamara interviews Pierce Brosnan, while over at the New York TimesCarpetbagger blog, Dave Carr chats up Rachel Weisz, and the AP (via USA Today) gathers reactions from Alanis Morrisette (who got a nod for her song "Wunderkind," on the "Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" soundtrack), Sarah Jessica Parker, Scarlett Johansson and others. And also at the LA Times, Patrick Goldstein talks to "Brokeback" screenwriters Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, possibly the only people involved with the film not currently being profiled in every publication in the country (we’ve got some really incisive insights into the film from the caterers we’re saving for a possible three part series later (don’t we wish)).

And is it time for the backlash to start yet? (Good lord, the Oscars are a fat eleven weeks away, that’s enough time for a backlash and a backlash backlash.) Lumenick thinks so, while Eugene Hernandez at indieWIRE tracks the amount of recent coverage they’ve done by themselves on the film, among it their story on the film’s awe-inspiring $109,485 per screen average in five theaters opening weekend. And, back at the LA Times, Robert W. Welkos and Elaine Dutka return to that question for the ages (or, at least, for until next weekend): how will it play in the red states?

Focus Co-President David Linde said it took time for people to embrace this kind of movie. By slowly releasing the film, he said, Focus hopes to build its word-of-mouth.

"This movie cannot be condensed into one line about gay cowboys," Linde said. "In our marketing, we are trying to get across the depth of the experience."

P’shaw, like "Love is a force of nature" is that much better a sell than, say, "Gay cowboys eating pudding." [Was ever a more profound truth uttered about independent film than that "South Park" line? Okay, yes. But it was so prescient!]

+ Will moviegoers embrace the Gay Globes? (Gold Derby)
+ TARNISHED GLOBES (NY Post)
+ Finding herself atop a ‘Mountain’ (LA Times)
+ Hey, the pretty boy can act too (LA Times)
+ The Gardener’s Blossom (Carpetbagger)
+ Reactions to Golden Globe nominations (USA Today)
+ Grumpy charms shine through (LA Times)
+ "Brokeback" overload (eugonline)
+ "Brokeback Mountain" Lassoes a Mammoth Limited Opening (indieWIRE)
+ Can ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Move the Heartland? (LA Times)

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.