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Andy Samberg announced as host of the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards

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At long last, the host of the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards has now been announced. Andy Samberg will be the master of ceremonies for the upcoming awards show, which will be held on Saturday, February 23.

Samberg will follow in the footsteps of Seth Rogen and Joel McHale, the two comedians who hosted in 2012 and 2011, respectively. Samberg has had a big year in independent film himself, with “Celeste & Jesse Forever” being received well by critics. Samberg hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 2009, and it was the highest rated Movie Awards since 2004 (which, interestingly, Samberg helped write).

“The moment I heard Andy’s name, I knew we had our host for the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards,” said Film Independent co-president Sean McManus. “He’s one of the most funny young comedic actors working today and having him join us in celebrating this yearʼs exceptional films and talented filmmaking artists is a true honor.”

The Spirit Awards will air exclusively on IFC at 10/9c on February 23. The full list of award categories includes Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, Best Director, Best Screenplay, John Cassavetes Award (given to the best narrative feature made for a budget under $500,000), Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Cinematography, Best International Film, Best Documentary, and the Robert Altman Award. The Filmmaker Grants include the Someone to Watch Award, Truer Than Fiction Award, and Piaget Producers Award. Nominees have not been announced yet, but we’ll bet our money on “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

Will you be tuning in to the Spirit Awards? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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15 That ’70s Show Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Jackie

Catch That '70s Show Mondays and Tuesdays from 6-10P on IFC.

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When life gets you down, just ask yourself: what would Jackie do? (But don’t ask her, because she doesn’t care about your stupid problems.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that will help you be the best Jackie you can be.


15. She knows her strengths.

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14. She doesn’t let a little thing like emotions get in the way.

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13. She’s her own best friend.

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12. She has big plans for her future.

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11. She keeps her ego in check.

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10. She can really put things in perspective.

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9. She’s a lover…

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8. But she knows not to just throw her love around.

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7. She’s proud of her accomplishments.

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6. She knows her place in the world.

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5. She asks herself the hard questions.

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4. She takes care of herself.

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3. She’s deep.

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2. She’s a problem solver.

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1. And she’s always modest.

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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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10 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Austin

Fred moves to Austin in an all-new Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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This week on Portlandia, co-star Fred Armisen does the unthinkable. Abandoning the very heart of the show and rendering its title geographically incorrect, he decides to move to Austin. Sure, the laid-back, artist-friendly atmosphere would be a painless transition, but there are a few things you should keep in mind before you move there.

Here are some facts about Austin you need to know. And check out Fred’s journey to Austin on an all-new Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC. (Click here to find IFC on your TV in your area.)

1. It’s home to the largest urban bat colony in North America.

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Accommodating 750,000 bats in the spring and summer — with population spikes to 1.5 million during the peak season — Austin is no place for chiroptophobics. (Yes, we had to look it up.) With this staggering bat to belfry ratio, it’s the perfect city for nocturnal crimefighters and goths really into “theme” funerals.


2. It’s the exact opposite of Portland (sun-wise).

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The Pacific Northwest isn’t known for its overbearing sunlight, and with less than 40% of sunny days per year, Portland isn’t exactly home to scorching driveways you can fry an egg on. Compare that to Austin, whose 300 days of sun per year will clear that vitamin D deficiency right up.


3. It’s the birthplace of Whole Foods.

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Started in 1978 by two college dropouts and a $45,000 loan, Whole Foods is an organic gourmand’s American dream. Cuisine-focused Portlanders would find the transition easy to make, and those open to the whole squatting scene will be pleased to know Whole Foods’ founders briefly lived in their first shop and bathed in the dishwasher.


4. It’s also one of the healthiest cities in America.

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Whole Foods wasn’t an aberration. Healthy living’s a big priority in Austin and largely responsible for the 250 gyms, yoga studios, healthy restaurants, and health food stores throughout the city. But bear in mind, not every yoga partner’s going to have your best interests in mind.


5. It’s super dog-friendly.

Lovers of our four-legged friends will be pleased to discover that Austin holds our furry pals in the highest regard. Dog Fancy dubbed the city “DogTown USA,” and its many off-leash parks, swimming holes, and retailers catering to canines ought to keep the ankle-biters happy and Portland’s many animal activists from interrupting other people’s lunches.


6. It’s a haven for artists and musicians.

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If you happen to be handy with a brush or a guitar pick in Texas, then chances are you’re an Austinite. The city has the highest number of artists and musicians per capita in the entire state, making it a huge draw for fiscally challenged creatives.


7. It’s officially the Live Music Capital of the World.

Adopting the name in 1991, Austin hosts nearly 200 live music venues around town, thereby earning it another “per capita” claim: most live music venues. In fact, if concert bookers aren’t careful, they run the risk of double-booking two different Flaming Lips.


8. It’s a city of dedicated bookworms.

Fans of the printed word are sure to meet fellow hardbackers in Austin. Residents frequent their local bookshops with such frequency, the city draws the highest annual bookstore sales in the country, at nearly $200 per household. Of course, it’s best to know what the store owners are like ahead of time.


9. The Alamo Drafthouse is the best place to catch a movie.

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Heralded as the finest movie theater in the country, Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse is paradise for the discerning cinemagoer. With a strict “no talking or texting” policy and prohibitive access for unaccompanied minors, it’s a far cry from the distraction free-for-all that is your local multiplex.


10. It’s basically the Portland of the South.

Packed to the gills with artists, musicians, hipsters, freaks, and oddballs that continues to “Keep Austin Weird,” the city has almost all of the elements that makes Portland, Oregon just as eccentric. And we hear that its mayor bares a striking resemblance to Portland’s mayor, albeit with a sweet ‘stache.

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