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Seth Rogen on Jonah Hill’s Oscar nomination: “He’s f–king psyched about it”

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When Jonah Hill first was announced as a cast member in Brad Pitt‘s “Moneyball,” it seemed like a strange fit for an actor best known for his comedic roles in films like “Superbad” and “Accepted.” But once the film came out, it was clear that Hill had given his best performance to date. He’s since earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for the role, and in our opinion definitely deserves it.

Hill’s good friend and frequent costar Seth Rogen agrees. IFC got a chance to participate in a chat with the upcoming Spirit Awards host and asked him for his thoughts about Hill’s nomination. Rogen said he was more surprised that the Oscars recognized Hill’s great performance than he was that he was nominated.

“All my friends are talented enough to get nominated for awards,” Rogen told IFC. “I just am always surprised when things and people I like are also liked by, you know, things like the Oscars.”

The Oscar nominations were announced at the end of January, and Rogen said he has had a chance to talk to Hill since he found out he was up for an Academy Award. Unsurprisingly, Rogen said Hill is “fucking psyched about it.”

But it wasn’t that moment that made Rogen realize that he and his comedian friends actually had earned the attention of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members. Instead, it was in 2004 when “Million Dollar Baby” took home four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. Rogen recounted to IFC how he and his best bud Jay Baruchel, who was in the movie, were watching the Oscars together that year, and Baruchel got a shout-out from director Clint Eastwood.

“I literally remember we were like stoned off our asses watching the Oscars in my tiny shithole apartment and Clint Eastwood won and thanked Jay, who was sitting right next to me in his underwear on my couch,” Rogen remembered. “That was the first moment that I realized, ‘Oh, me and my friends, the people who do these Oscars are actually kind of aware of these guys I’m friends with and it could kind of break through in some way.'”

Even though Rogen repeatedly separated his tastes from those of the Oscar voters (“It’s always kind of surprising to me when [their preferences align],” he said), he was also quick to add that he actually is an Oscar voter and thus is “one of these people.” It seems fair to assume that Rogen voted for Hill’s performance to be nominated, even though his role in “Moneyball” has earned “21 Jump Street” star a new ultra-famous friend.

“It is a little weird to me that he is now friends with Brad Pitt,” Rogen admitted. “But he’s a friendly dude. He can be friends with Brad Pitt.”

Speaking of the Oscars, the one film that (at least in our opinion) was unfairly snubbed was “50/50,” a movie that Rogen both starred in and produced. Rogen said that it didn’t feel like a snub to him because he never honestly expected that “50/50″ would get nominated.

“I feel like overall there’s very few moments when the Oscars tastes intersects directly with my tastes, so I don’t consider it a snub, to be honest. That implies that I assumed it was going to happen,” he said, then joked, “Maybe the sequel will get nominated.”


Watch Seth Rogen host the 2012 Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 25 at 10/9c on IFC. And while you’re watching, don’t forget to log into IFC.com chat with our movie experts LIVE via IFC Sync, presented by Capital One.


Were you surprised when Hill was nominated for an Academy Award? Are you disappointed “50/50″ didn’t get any Oscar nods? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

Oscars 2012: The lauded films that got the Academy’s cold-shoulder

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If you were looking for an upset at this year’s Academy Awards, you aren’t going to find it in the nominee pool announced today. The nominations went out to the expected recipients — hey there, “The Artist,” “The Descendants” and “Hugo” — while the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences opted to have only nine Best Picture nominees instead of adding a tenth dark horse.

Unfortunately, that meant a lot of well-deserving movies didn’t make the cut. Indies didn’t do too well this time around (sorry, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”), and neither did the movies that were both critical and box office successes (here’s a tissue, “Harry Potter” and “The Muppets”). It seems that the films that could be fairly labeled awards season bait caught their prey, though they’re well-deserving of the awards they received. But we wish that some of these other flicks could have received the recognition they deserved as well.


“Drive”

Ryan Gosling gave the best performance of his career in Nicholas Winding Refn’s violent thriller, but didn’t receive any recognition from the Academy for his efforts. We would have at least expected Albert Brooks to get a nod for Best Supporting Actor (I mean come on, that scene with Bryan Cranston towards the end!), but no cigar. “Drive’s” only nomination was for Best Achievement in Sound Editing, which doesn’t do too much to ease this snub.


“The Ides of March”

Speaking of Ryan Gosling snubs, where was the love for “The Ides of March”? The movie picked up Golden Globes noms for Picture, Director, Actor and Screenplay, but only got a Best Adapted Screenplay nod from the Academy. Sorry if you were looking for a second Best Director nod, George Clooney, but at least you were recognize for your work in “The Descendants.” Between this, “Drive” and last year’s “Blue Valentine,” it seems safe to say that the Academy isn’t the biggest Ryan Gosling fan. In fact, maybe they were the ones who voted for Bradley Cooper to be People‘s Sexiest Man this year, too.


“Shame”

It seems as though that NC-17 rating really was the mark of death for “Shame’s” Oscar chances. Despite Michael Fassbender‘s well-regarded performance, he didn’t pick up a nomination for Best Actor, and the movie was jilted with no nominations across the board. And, to us, that’s a real shame. Yes, we went there.


“50/50″

“50/50″ was the little indie that could this year. The feel-good cancer dramedy had earned Joseph Gordon-Levitt some Oscar buzz when it came out in September, as well as writer Will Reiser. But no luck, come nomination time. The film walked away from the Academy announcement empty-handed.


“The Adventures of Tintin”

The fact that “The Adventures of Tintin” didn’t pick up a Best Animated film nomination after winning the Globe for it is probably the biggest shocker in today’s nominations announcement. All we can think of is that the movie was submitted to be a Best Picture contender and didn’t make the cut, but still it seems shocking that “Puss in Boots” was picked over this Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson collaboration. At least Spielberg can take comfort in the fact “War Horse” got some serious love.


“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

This movie was never going to be an easy sell. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” got a nod for Best Visual Effects, but I personally was pulling for Andy Serkis to get some sort of acting recognition for his role as Caesar, even if it was as Best Supporting Actor. Matt Singer disagreed, but it seems unfair that Serkis repeatedly walk away unrecognized.


“Martha Marcy May Marlene”

Where was the love for this Sundance darling? Elizabeth Olsen broke out onto the scene early this year in an amazing performance, but the Academy opted instead to honor frontrunners like Michelle Williams and Viola Davis. We get it, and those actresses duly deserve their recognition, but it doesn’t make us any happier about Olsen — and the movie’s — snub.


“The Muppets”

First, let us preface this by saying that we are over the moon that “Man or Muppet” is nominated for Best Song. Thank goodness, there is some justice in the world. But that’s all that “The Muppets” walked away with, and that seems unfair. The movie was almost universally critically beloved, and all that without any cynicism or guile. If this loses to “Rio” for Best Song, there really is no justice in the world.


“J. Edgar”

Honestly, we’re sort of glad “J. Edgar” didn’t make the cut. The movie is Oscar-bait through and through, down to Clint Eastwood directing, Dustin Lance Black writing and Leonardo DiCaprio starring in it. But DiCaprio gave a genuinely great performance, and was probably a more popular choice than Demian Bichir, Gary Oldman (who we’re very pleased made the cut) and Jean Dujardin. Give DiCaprio his Oscar, already.


“Take Shelter”

This list seems overloaded with men who were snubbed the Best Actor nomination this Academy Awards, but this was a year that had plenty of great male performances. Michael Shannon‘s turn in “Take Shelter” was phenomenal and another Sundance darling, but the movie has walked away from the major awards show season completely empty handed.


“Warrior”

“Warrior” is probably the year’s most underappreciated film, so we’re thrilled that the Academy awarded Nick Nolte a Best Supporting Actor nomination. But the movie really should have landed a Best Original Screenplay nod as well, arguably over the surprise pick “Margin Call.”


“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″

This was your last chance, Academy, and you blew it. “Harry Potter” is the top-grossing film franchise ever, and for good reason. While many of the “Potter” films are good not great, “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” was a surprisingly wonderful finale to the decade-long series. It also was the highest grossing movie and one of the most well-received movies of the year. It at least deserved a Best Picture nomination, if not a win. And the fact that Alan Rickman wasn’t rewarded with a nomination for Best Supporting Actor is a real shame. If “Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ walks away without winning any of its three technical nominations, the franchise will have never won a single Oscar.

Which movie do you think should have been nominated, but wasn’t? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

“The Muppets,” “Captain America” and Zooey Deschanel make Oscars original song shortlist

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The 39 original songs that comprise the 2011 Oscars shortlist have now been announced, and fellow movie nerds like me will probably rejoice that “The Muppets” managed no less than three slots. The film’s main anthem “Life’s a Happy Song” made the cut, as did “Man or Muppet” and “Pictures in My Head.”

Zooey Deschanel also made the list with her theme from “Winnie the Pooh,” as did Cameron Crowe’s “Gathering Stories” from “We Bought a Zoo,” “Star Spangled Man” from “Captain America” and a bevy from animated flicks “Gnomeo & Juliet,” “Cars 2″ and “Happy Feet Two.”

The final nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24 at 8:30/7:30c. The show airs Sunday, February 26.

Listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title:

– “The World I Knew” from “African Cats”
– “Lay Your Head Down” from “Albert Nobbs”
– “Star Spangled Man” from “Captain America: The First Avenger”
– “Collision of Worlds” from “Cars 2″
– “Dakkanaga Dugu Dugu” from “DAM999″
– “DAM999 Theme Song” from “DAM999″
– “Mujhe Chod Ke” from “DAM999″
– “Rainbird” from “Dirty Girl”
– “Keep On Walking” from “The First Grader”
– “Where the River Goes” from “Footloose”
– “Hello Hello” from “Gnomeo & Juliet”
– “Love Builds a Garden” from “Gnomeo & Juliet”
– “Bridge of Light” from “Happy Feet Two”
– “The Mighty Sven” from “Happy Feet Two”
– “Never Be Daunted” from “happythankyoumoreplease”
– “Hell and Back” from “Hell and Back Again”
– “The Living Proof” from “The Help”
– “Coeur Volant” from “Hugo”
– “It’s How We Play” from “I Don’t Know How She Does It”
– “When the Heart Dies” from “In the Land of Blood and Honey”
– “Ja Nao Estar” from “José and Pilar”
– “The Keeper” from “Machine Gun Preacher”
– “Life’s a Happy Song” from “The Muppets”
– “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets”
– “Pictures in My Head” from “The Muppets”
– “Summer Song” from “The Music Never Stopped”
– “Imaginary Friends” from “Olive”
– “Sparkling Day” from “One Day”
– “Taking You with Me” from “Our Idiot Brother”
– “The Greatest Song I Ever Heard” from “POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold”
– “Hot Wings” from “Rio”
– “Let Me Take You to Rio” from “Rio”
– “Real in Rio” from “Rio”
– “Shelter” from “Take Shelter”
– “Gathering Stories” from “We Bought a Zoo”
– “Pop” from “White Irish Drinkers”
– “Think You Can Wait” from “Win Win”
– “The Backson Song” from “Winnie the Pooh”
– “So Long” from “Winnie the Pooh”

Who do you hope makes it to the final round? Let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter.

Seth Rogen to host the 2012 Spirit Awards

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“I feel like I’m trespassing in the indie world and they seem to have accepted it,” Seth Rogen recently told The Hollywood Reporter about his 2012 Spirit Award nomination as producer of the comedy “50/50.” Looks like they’ve not only have they accepted it, they’ve embraced it, as Rogen’s been invited to host this year’s Spirit Awards.

The Spirit Awards gig will cap off a pretty busy year for the actor/writer/producer/comedian. In 2011, he’s already played a super-hero, voiced an alien and a kung-fu-fighting mantis, popped up on “Sesame Street” and even appeared as one of the Beastie Boys in the best music video basically ever. And despite his jokes to the contrary, he also starred in several indie movies this year, including Sarah Polley’s “Take This Waltz” which premiered at this fall’s Toronto International Film Festival and will open next spring, courtesy Magnolia Pictures.

This’ll be Rogen’s first time as an awards show MC; other recent Spirit Awards hosts include Joel McHale, Eddie Izzard, Steve Coogan, and Rainn Wilson. Rogen’s already announced his predictions for the show, too. Asked by Hollywood News whether he’d prepared his acceptance speech for “50/50″ yet, Rogen laughed and said “No way. That movie ‘The Artist’ is going to win every award it’s nominated for.” We’ll see if he’s right when the Spirit Awards air on IFC on February 25.

What do you think of the choice of Seth Rogen as host of the 2012 Spirit Awards? Tell us in the comments below or write to us on Facebook and Twitter.

Seth Rogen to Host 2012 Spirit Awards

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The 2012 Spirit Awards just got even more awesome. Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, just announced that Seth Rogen will serve as host for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

That’s right, the 27th annual awards ceremony will be hosted by Seth Rogen, the star of “Knocked Up,” “Pineapple Express,” “Superbad,” and, of course, “Freaks and Geeks” (by the way, we’re airing back-to-back episodes on Sunday). Rogen is taking over the microphone and hosting duties from Joel McHale who hosted last year’s awards. This year, the Spirit Awards will be held as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, February 25, and the premiere broadcast will air later that evening at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on IFC.

This year’s Spirit Award nominees include the apocalyptic drama “Take Shelter” and the black-and-white silent film “The Artist” as top contenders, earning five nominations each.

Tables and tickets to attend the Spirit Awards are first made available to Film Independent’s year-round supporters and Arts Circle members. To inquire about tables or tickets, please contact the Development Department at 310.432.1253.

The 2012 Independent Spirit Awards will air on IFC, Saturday, February 25 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

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