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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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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

Frank and Lamar

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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