Adam Sandler earns record-setting 11 nominations for annual Razzie Awards


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It seemed a bit ironic that Adam Sandler appeared in so many of the short video presentations during last night’s Academy Awards as not a single one of his films was up for an award this year. In fact, not only were they not up for an award, they were busy setting the record for highest number of Razzie nominations for a single actor. Maybe that’s just the type of stuff the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences thinks appeals to the masses?

Whatever the reason for his big presence at the Oscars, Sandler had nothing to be proud of this weekend. His films earned a record-breaking 11 nominations at the Razzies, more than doubling the number of nods for the last title-holder (Eddie Murphy scored five nominations in 2007 for his work in “Norbit”). In addition, his film “Jack & Jill” went on to receive 12 nods at the Razzies, an impressive achievement for both the film and for Sandler as there are only 10 categories to be nominated in.

Maybe this is a sign actors should stop trying to play multiple roles in comedies? Let’s face it, it hasn’t worked since “The Nutty Professor,” and that was over a decade ago. Sandler was also up for awards thanks to his work in “Just Go With It” and for producing “Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star,” but it was “Jack & Jill” that earned him top honors.

But he wasn’t the only one to be lambasted at this year’s Razzies, which will be held April 1st (natch). “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” earned eight nominations and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” landed seven. Still, we’d be surprised if any film but “Jack & Jill” took home the prizes they’re nominated for. This could be the first year a movie sweeps every award at the Razzies. Maybe that will be a nice wake-up call for Sandler.

The real question, though, is whether or not Sarah Palin will show up to the ceremony to represent her nomination for “Sarah Palin: The Undefeated”? Fingers crossed!

Here’s the full list of nominees:

“Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star”
“Jack & Jill”
“New Year’s Eve”
“Transformers: Dark Of The Moon”
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1”

Russell Brand (“Arthur”)
Nicolas Cage (“Drive Angry, “Season Of The Witch, ” “Trespass”)
Taylor Lautner (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1,” “Abduction”)
Adam Sandler (“Jack & Jill, ” “Just Go With It”)
Nick Swardson (“Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star”)

Martin Lawrence (“Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son”)
Sarah Palin (“Sarah Palin: The Undefeated”)
Sarah Jessica Parker (“I Don’t Know How She Does It, ” “New Year’s Eve”)
Adam Sandler (“Jack & Jill”)
Kristen Stewart (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1”)

Patrick Dempsey (“Transformers: Dark Of The Moon”)
James Franco (“Your Highness”)
Ken Jeong (“Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, ” “The Hangover Part 2,” “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon,” “Zookeeper”)
Al Pacino (playing Al Pacino in “Jack & Jill”)
Nick Swardson (“Jack & Jill,” “Just Go With It”)

Katie Holmes (“Jack & Jill”)
Brandon T Jackson (“Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son”)
Nicole Kidman (“Just Go With It”)
David Spade (“Jack & Jill”)
Rosie Huntington Whiteley (“Transformers: Dark Of The Moon”)

“Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star”
“Jack & Jill”
“New Year’s Eve”
“Transformers: Dark Of The Moon”
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1”

Michael Bay (“Transformers: Dark Of The Moon”)
Tom Brady (“Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star”)
Bill Condon (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1”)
Dennis Dugan (“Jack & Jill,” “Just Go With It”)
Garry Marshall (“New Year’s Eve”)

“Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star”
“The Hangover Part 2”
“Jack & Jill”
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1”

Nicolas Cage, and anyone sharing the screen with him in his three 2011 movies
Shia LaBeouf and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (“Transformers: Dark of The Moon”)
Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston or Brookyln Decker (“Just Go With It”)
Adam Sandler and Katie Holmes, Adam Sandler or Al Pacino (“Jack & Jill”)
Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner or Robert Pattinson (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1”)

“Bucky Larson, Born To Be A Star” (Written by Adam Sandler, Allen Covert and Nick Swardson)
“Jack & Jill” (Screenplay by Steve Koren & Adam Sandler, Story by Ben Zook)
“New Year’s Eve” (Written by Katherine Fugate)
“Transformers: Dark Of The Moon” (Written by Ehren Kruger)
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” (Screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg)


New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…


IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 


IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.


The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”


Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).



Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.


And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.


Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.


Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.


Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!



Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.


Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.


If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.