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“Silver Linings Playbook” and “Moonrise Kingdom” lead Spirit Awards nominations

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The nominees for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards have arrived, and two of our favorite movies from the year are at the forefront. David O’Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” and Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” each grabbed five nominations including Best Feature, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Also a major contender this year is “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” which got nods for Best Feature, Best Female Lead and Best Cinematography. Considering what a great year it’s been for independent film, your guess is as good as ours as to who will take home the awards when the Spirit Awards take place on February 23, 2013.

Here is the full list of nominees in its entirety:

Best Feature

-“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
-“Bernie”
-“Keep the Lights On”
-“Moonrise Kingdom”
-“Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Director

-Wes Anderson – “Moonrise Kingdom”
-Julia Loktev – “The Loneliest Planet”
-David O. Russell – “Silver Linings Playbook”
-Ira Sachs – “Keep the Lights On”

Best Screenplay

-Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola – “Moonrise Kingdom”
-Zoe Kazan – “Ruby Sparks”
-Martin McDonagh – “Seven Psychopaths”
-David O. Russell – “Silver Linings Playbook”
-Ira Sachs – “Keep the Lights On”

Best First Feature

-“Fill the Void”
-“Gimme the Loot”
-“Safety Not Guaranteed”
-“Sound of My Voice”
-“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

Best First Screenplay

-Rama Burshtein – “Fill the Void”
-Derek Connolly – “Safety Not Guaranteed”
-Christopher Ford – “Robot & Frank”
-Rashida Jones & Will McCormack – “Celeste and Jesse Forever”
-Jonathan Lisecki – “Gayby”

John Cassavetes Award for films made under $500,000

-“Breakfast with Curtis”
-“Middle of Nowhere”
-“Mosquita y Mari”
-“Starlet”
-“The Color Wheel”

Best Female Lead

-Linda Cardellini – “Return”
-Emayatzy Carinealdi – “Middle of Nowhere”
-Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook
-Quvenzhane Wallis – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
-Mary Elizabeth Winstead – “Smashed”

Best Male Lead

-Jack Black – “Bernie”
-Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
-John Hawkes – “The Sessions”
-Thure Lindhardt – “Keep the Lights On”
-Matthew McConaughey – “Killer Joe”
-Wendell Pierce – “Four”

Best Supporting Female

-Rosemarie DeWitt – “Your Sister’s Sister”
-Ann Dowd – “Compliance”
-Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”
-Brit Marling –” Sound of My Voice”
-Lorraine Toussaint – “Middle of Nowhere”

Best Supporting Male

-Matthew McConaughey – “Magic Mike”
-David Oyelowo – “Middle of Nowhere”
-Michael Pena – “End of Watch”
-Sam Rockwell – “Seven Psychopaths”
-Bruce Willis – “Moonrise Kingdom”

Best Cinematography

-Yoni Brook – “Valley of Saints”
-Lol Crawley – “Here”
-Ben Richardson – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
-Roman Vasyanov – “End of Watch”
-Robert Yeoman – “Moonrise Kingdom”

Best Documentary

-“How to Survive a Plague”
-“Mariana Abramovic: The Artist Is Present”
-“The Central Park Five”
-“The Invisible War”
-“The Waiting Room”

Best International Film

-“Amour” – France
-“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” – Turkey
-“Rust and Bone” – France/Belgium
-“Sister” – Switzerland
-“War Witch” – Democratic Republic of Congo

Robert Altman Award for Ensemble

-“Starlet”

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G.I. Jeez

Stomach Bugs and Prom Dates

E.Coli High is in your gut and on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Brothers-in-law Kevin Barker and Ben Miller have just made the mother of all Comedy Crib series, in the sense that their Comedy Crib series is a big deal and features a hot mom. Animated, funny, and full of horrible bacteria, the series juxtaposes timeless teen dilemmas and gut-busting GI infections to create a bite-sized narrative that’s both sketchy and captivating. The two sat down, possibly in the same house, to answer some questions for us about the series. Let’s dig in….

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IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

BEN: Hi ummm uhh hi ok well its like umm (gets really nervous and blows it)…

KB: It’s like the Super Bowl meets the Oscars.

IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

BEN: Oh wow, she’s really cute isn’t she? I’d definitely blow that too.

KB: It’s a cartoon that is happening inside your stomach RIGHT NOW, that’s why you feel like you need to throw up.

IFC: What was the genesis of E.Coli High?

KB: I had the idea for years, and when Ben (my brother-in-law, who is a special needs teacher in Philly) began drawing hilarious comics, I recruited him to design characters, animate the series, and do some writing. I’m glad I did, because Ben rules!

BEN: Kevin told me about it in a park and I was like yeah that’s a pretty good idea, but I was just being nice. I thought it was dumb at the time.

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IFC: What makes going to proms and dating moms such timeless and oddly-relatable subject matter?

BEN: Since the dawn of time everyone has had at least one friend with a hot mom. It is physically impossible to not at least make a comment about that hot mom.

KB: Who among us hasn’t dated their friend’s mom and levitated tables at a prom?

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

BEN: There’s a lot of content now. I don’t think anyone will even notice, but it’d be cool if they did.

KB: A show about talking food poisoning bacteria is basically the same as just watching the news these days TBH.

Watch E.Coli High below and discover more NYTVF selections from years past on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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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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