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Are you there, God? It’s me, Oscar.

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" of the great threatened faces in screen history..."We’re going to be ranging far wider and cheesier than the above before the end of this awards season, we promise you.

But seriously, God (Buddha?), please prevent Caryn James from any more articles like her howler of a Sunday Times piece on the sudden deluge of actors taking on gay roles, in which she take the following point, which we’ll lay out in the snappy, concise, dumb style of your average magazine front-of-book:

In: Playing gay

Five minutes ago: Playing mentally disabled

Out: Playing in blackface

And proceeds to subject it to some painful and awkward analysis: Most of the actors playing flashy gay parts this year aren’t gay! (Even though the Internet sometimes says they are!) Which makes it less threatening to Middle America! Where they’re often threatened by gays! And sometimes even though a non-gay actor makes the massive stretch of acting like he or she is gay, it still doesn’t work! But what actually drives us nuts is that while there might be a point to be made here (several good ones, actually), she fails to arrive at one, linking "Capote" (and Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s performance there was really more about "Ray"-style ventriloquism than sexuality), "The Dying Gaul" (which, beyond being campy, is also such a small indie that it probably won’t get beyond the top ten markets, which is what most gay-themed films are limited to anything), "Transamerica" (same) and "Brokeback Mountain" (which is shaping up to be big enough to shake shit up) to add up to…a trend report?

Kevin Maher at the London Times suggests that playing a drunk is actually the over-tried and true Oscar bait.

Elsewhere on the burgeoning Oscar front, Tom O’Neil at the LA Times refutes reports that there’s nothing to talk about regarding the Best Actress race (beyond Reese Witherspoon in "Walk the Line," who’s been getting buzz for, like, forever). He points to Felicity Huffman in "Transamerica" (who is actually very good), Zhang Ziyi in "Memoirs of a Geisha" (though the cool kids are saying it’s Gong Li who walks away with the film), Keira Knightley in "Pride & Prejudice" (buoyed on recent glowing reviews), and "The New World"‘s young newbie Q’Orianka Kilcher.

And David Thomson at the Independent would start a club of actresses who win two Oscars and then never do anything of note again — and he’d make Jodie Foster chairperson.

+ The Winner Is…Only Acting Gay (NY Times)
+ The message in the bottle is Oscar winner (London Times)
+ A race worth running (LA Times)
+ You want a babysitter with brains to burn? Call Jodie (Independent)

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…


IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.


IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).


IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.


IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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