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“Lincoln,” “Argo” and “Django Unchained” lead the Golden Globes nominees

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There aren’t many surprises on the list of this year’s Golden Globes nominees. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association played it pretty safe, opting for critical darlings like “Lincoln,” “Life of Pi,” “Les Miserables” and “Zero Dark Thirty” instead of fan favorites like “The Avengers,” “Looper” and “The Dark Knight Rises.” At least “Argo” and “Django Unchained” got five nods apiece, as one was and the other is slated to be some of the most entertaining movies of the year.

It’s interesting that “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is nowhere to be seen on this list, which doesn’t bode well for its release tomorrow. During their time, “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy got plenty of love from awards shows, but early reviews have said that “The Hobbit” isn’t looking like it’s going to be quite as great as its older brother.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t express excitement about “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Sessions” getting lots of love. Also, Jack Black was recognized for his work in “Bernie” and “Moonrise Kingdom” got a nod for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. Also, Adele got “Skyfall” its one nomination (for Best Song), and if Taylor Swift wins over here we’re going to boycott the Globes forever.

Here’s the full list of Golden Globes nominees:

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
– “Argo”
– “Django Unchained”
– “Life of Pi”
– “Lincoln”
– “Zero Dark Thirty”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA – Jessica Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty”
– Marion Cotillard in “Rust and Bone”
– Helen Mirren in “Hitchcock”
– Naomi Watts in “The Impossible”
– Rachel Weisz in “The Deep Blue Sea”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
– Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln”
– Richard Gere in “Arbitrage”
– John Hawkes in “The Sessions”
– Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master”
– Denzel Washington in “Flight”

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
– “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
– “Les Miserables”
– “Moonrise Kingdom”
– “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
– “Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
– Emily Blunt in “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
– Judi Dench in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
– Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook”
– Maggie Smith in “Quartet”
– Meryl Streep in “Hope Springs”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
– Jack Black in “Bernie”
– Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook”
– Hugh Jackman in “Les Miserables”
– Ewan McGregor in “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
– Bill Murray in “Hyde Park on Hudson”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
– “Brave”
– “Frankenweenie”
– “Hotel Transylvania”
– “Rise of the Guardians”
– “Wreck-It Ralph”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
– “Amour” (Austria)
– “A Royal Affair” (Denmark)
– “The Intouchables” (France)
– “Kon-Tiki” (Norway/UK/Denmark)
– “Rust and Bone” (France)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
– Amy Adams in “The Master”
– Sally Field in “Lincoln”
– Anne Hathaway in “Les Miserables”
– Helen Hunt in “The Sessions”
– Nicole Kidman in “The Paperboy”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
– Alan Arkin in “Argo”
– Leonardo DiCaprio in “Django Unchained”
– Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Master”
– Tommy Lee Jones in “Lincoln”
– Christoph Waltz in “Django Unchained”

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
– Ben Affleck for “Argo”
– Kathryn Bigelow for “Zero Dark Thirty”
– Ang Lee for “Life of Pi”
– Stephen Spielberg for “Lincoln”
– Quentin Tarantino for “Django Unchained”

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
– Mark Boal for “Zero Dark Thirty”
– Tony Kushner for “Lincoln”
– David O. Russell for “Silver Linings Playbook”
– Quentin Tarantino for “Django Unchained”
– Chris Terrio for “Argo”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
– Mychael Danna for “Life of Pi”
– Alexandra Desplat for “Argo”
– Dario Marianelli for “Anna Karenina”
– Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil for “Cloud Atlas”
– John Williams for “Lincoln”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
– “For You,” “Act of Valor”
– “Not Running Anymore,” “Stand Up Guys”
– “Safe and Sound,” “The Hunger Games”
– “Skyfall,” “Skyfall”
– “Suddenly,” “Les Miserables”

Who do you think should win during the Golden Globes? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

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

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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