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Those glistening Globes.

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It's looking to be a good year for Focus Features.Golden Globe noms went up this morning — the complete list is here, biggies below:

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

THE CONSTANT GARDENER

GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK

A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

MATCH POINT

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

MARIA BELLO: A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

FELICITY HUFFMAN: TRANSAMERICA

GWYNETH PALTROW: PROOF

CHARLIZE THERON: NORTH COUNTRY

ZIYI ZHANG: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

RUSSELL CROWE: CINDERELLA MAN

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN: CAPOTE

TERRENCE HOWARD: HUSTLE & FLOW

HEATH LEDGER: BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

DAVID STRATHAIRN: GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK

BEST MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS

PRIDE & PREJUDICE

THE PRODUCERS

THE SQUID AND THE WHALE

WALK THE LINE

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

JUDI DENCH: MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY: PRIDE & PREJUDICE

LAURA LINNEY: THE SQUID AND THE WHALE

SARAH JESSICA PARKER: THE FAMILY STONE

REESE WITHERSPOON: WALK THE LINE

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

PIERCE BROSNAN: THE MATADOR

JEFF DANIELS: THE SQUID AND THE WHALE

JOHNNY DEPP: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

NATHAN LANE: THE PRODUCERS

CILLIAN MURPHY: BREAKFAST ON PLUTO

JOAQUIN PHOENIX: WALK THE LINE

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

KUNG FU HUSTLE (CHINA)

MASTER OF THE CRIMSON ARMOR aka THE PROMISE (CHINA)

MERRY CHRISTMAS (JOYEUX NOEL) (FRANCE)

PARADISE NOW (PALESTINE)

TSOTSI (SOUTH AFRICA)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

SCARLETT JOHANSSON: MATCH POINT

SHIRLEY MacLAINE: IN HER SHOES

FRANCES McDORMAND: NORTH COUNTRY

RACHEL WEISZ: THE CONSTANT GARDENER

MICHELLE WILLIAMS: BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

GEORGE CLOONEY: SYRIANA

MATT DILLON: CRASH

WILL FERRELL: THE PRODUCERS

PAUL GIAMATTI: CINDERELLA MAN

BOB HOSKINS: MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS   

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE

WOODY ALLEN: MATCH POINT

GEORGE CLOONEY: GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK   

PETER JACKSON: KING KONG

ANG LEE: BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

FERNANDO MEIRELLES: THE CONSTANT GARDENER

STEVEN SPIELBERG: MUNICH

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE

WOODY ALLEN: MATCH POINT

GEORGE CLOONEY & GRANT HESLOV: GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK

PAUL HAGGIS & BOBBY MORESCO: CRASH

TONY KUSHNER & ERIC ROTH: MUNICH

LARRY McMURTRY & DIANA OSSANA: BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

Initial thoughts: surprisingly little "Munich" (and no Best Motion Picture nom), possibly because of its touchy subject matter? "The Constant Gardener," despite near universal critical acclaim, pretty much faded from view, but it looks like it may pick up awards steam after all. No "The New World" at all, which is particularly startling, given the great advance buzz the film’s getting. We also find the nods to "The Producers" a little eyebrow-raising, seeing as the scattered critical reactions so far have been "meh." Then again, "The Producers" is the kind of plummy, inoffensive (and how often can you say that about a movie that involves a musical about Hitler) film that they created the separate "Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical" category for — still, unlikely as it’d be, we’d love to see something interesting like "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" get nominated.

+ 2005 NOMINATIONS PRESS RELEASE (Official site)

Addendum: Someone was kind enough to drop us a note pointing out that "The New World" has actually generated some very middling reviews (see Todd McCarthy at Variety and Kirk Honeycutt at Hollywood Reporter). Which makes us sad (If the critics don’t love Malick, who will? Certainly not the box offices — how does the man ever get funding?) but explains the lack of Golden Globe nods.

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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.