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And the 2011 Razzies Nominees Are…

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Thirty-one years on, the Golden Rasberry Awards — a.k.a. the Razzies, the infamous awards for the worst movies of the year — remain a shockingly ramshackle operation. Their website looks like it’s from CompuServe circia 1995, and their official nominations announcements is rife with typos (unless they called “Sex and the City 2” “Sex & The City #2” just to throw in a sideways this-movie-is-shit joke, which, given the Razzies’ sense of humor, is entirely possible).

This remains part of the Razzies’ charm and a secret to their endurance. They’ve positioned themselves Hollywood’s bullshit detector; if they’d sold out to corporate sponsors that “We’re just passionate movie lovers, defending what we love” angle would be a lot tougher to maintain. And it lets them have some fun with their awards, too. Nobody else would give a Worst Screen Couple nomination for the wretched “Jonah Hex” to “Josh Brolin’s Face and Megan Fox’s Accent.” They deserve it, too.

If there’s one problem with the Razzies it’s this: they tend to pile on media punching bags regardless of their merit (or lack of merit, I guess). You see that this year with all the nominations for “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” a film that’s boring, certainly, but not nearly as much of a trainwreck as the aforementioned “Jonah Hex.” Similarly, in the rush to give the admittedly putrid “The Last Airbender” as many nominations as possible, they’ve thrown it in the Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel category. But “Airbender,” based on an animated series, is none of those things. Basically they just do whatever the heck they want.

(Is it weird that I’d like more purity in awards for bad movies? It’s weird, right? I’m sorry. I take bad movies very seriously.)

Anyway, here’s the full list of nominees, with the aforementioned “Eclipse” and “Airbender” leading all films with nine nominations each. The losers will be announced at a ceremony on Saturday, February 26, one day before the Academy Awards.

Worst Picture
“The Bounty Hunter”
“The Last Airbender”
“Sex and the City 2”
“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”
“Vampires Suck”

Worst Actor
Jack Black, “Gulliver’s Travels”
Gerard Butler, “The Bounty Hunter”
Ashton Kutcher, “Killers” and “Valentine’s Day”
Taylor Lautner, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” and “Valentine’s Day
Robert Pattinson, “Remember Me” and “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”

Worst Actress
Jennifer Aniston, “The Bounty Hunter” and “The Switch”
Miley Cyrus, “The Last Song”
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, “Sex and the City 2”
Megan Fox, “Jonah Hex”
Kristen Stewart, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”

Worst Supporting Actor
Billy Ray Cyrus, “The Spy Next Door”
George Lopez, “Marmaduke,” “The Spy Next Door” and “Valentine’s Day”
Dev Patel, “The Last Airbender”
Jackson Rathbone, “The Last Airbender” and “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”
Rob Schneider, “Grown Ups”

Worst Supporting Actress
Jessica Alba, “The Killer Inside Me,” “Little Fockers,” “Machete” and “Valentine’s Day”
Cher, “Burlesque”
Liza Minnelli, “Sex and the City 2”
Nicola Peltz, “The Last Airbender”
Barbra Streisand, “Little Fockers”

Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3D
“Cats & Dogs 2: Revenge of Kitty Galore”
“Clash of the Titans”
“The Last Airbender”
“The Nutcracker in 3-D”
“Saw 3D”

Worst Screen Couple or Ensemble
Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, “The Bounty Hunter”
Josh Brolin’s Face and Megan Fox’s Accent, “Jonah Hex”
The Entire Cast of “The Last Airbender”
The Entire Cast of “Sex and the City 2”
The Entire Cast of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”

Worst Director
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, “Vampires Suck”
Michael Patrick King, “Sex and the City 2”
M. Night Shyamalan, “The Last Airbender”
David Slade, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”
Sylvester Stallone, “The Expendables”

Worst Screenplay
M. Night Shyamalan, “The Last Airbender”
John Hamburg and Larry Stuckey, “Little Fockers”
Michael Patrick King, “Sex and the City 2”
Melissa Rosenberg, “Twilight Saga: Eclipse”
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, “Vampires Suck”

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel
“Clash Of The Titans”
“The Last Airbender”
“Sex and the City 2”
“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”
“Vampires Suck”

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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.