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Those glistening Globes.

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It's looking to be a good year for Focus Features.Golden Globe noms went up this morning — the complete list is here, biggies below:

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

THE CONSTANT GARDENER

GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK

A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

MATCH POINT

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

MARIA BELLO: A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

FELICITY HUFFMAN: TRANSAMERICA

GWYNETH PALTROW: PROOF

CHARLIZE THERON: NORTH COUNTRY

ZIYI ZHANG: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

RUSSELL CROWE: CINDERELLA MAN

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN: CAPOTE

TERRENCE HOWARD: HUSTLE & FLOW

HEATH LEDGER: BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

DAVID STRATHAIRN: GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK

BEST MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS

PRIDE & PREJUDICE

THE PRODUCERS

THE SQUID AND THE WHALE

WALK THE LINE

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

JUDI DENCH: MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY: PRIDE & PREJUDICE

LAURA LINNEY: THE SQUID AND THE WHALE

SARAH JESSICA PARKER: THE FAMILY STONE

REESE WITHERSPOON: WALK THE LINE

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

PIERCE BROSNAN: THE MATADOR

JEFF DANIELS: THE SQUID AND THE WHALE

JOHNNY DEPP: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

NATHAN LANE: THE PRODUCERS

CILLIAN MURPHY: BREAKFAST ON PLUTO

JOAQUIN PHOENIX: WALK THE LINE

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

KUNG FU HUSTLE (CHINA)

MASTER OF THE CRIMSON ARMOR aka THE PROMISE (CHINA)

MERRY CHRISTMAS (JOYEUX NOEL) (FRANCE)

PARADISE NOW (PALESTINE)

TSOTSI (SOUTH AFRICA)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

SCARLETT JOHANSSON: MATCH POINT

SHIRLEY MacLAINE: IN HER SHOES

FRANCES McDORMAND: NORTH COUNTRY

RACHEL WEISZ: THE CONSTANT GARDENER

MICHELLE WILLIAMS: BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

GEORGE CLOONEY: SYRIANA

MATT DILLON: CRASH

WILL FERRELL: THE PRODUCERS

PAUL GIAMATTI: CINDERELLA MAN

BOB HOSKINS: MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS   

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE

WOODY ALLEN: MATCH POINT

GEORGE CLOONEY: GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK   

PETER JACKSON: KING KONG

ANG LEE: BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

FERNANDO MEIRELLES: THE CONSTANT GARDENER

STEVEN SPIELBERG: MUNICH

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE

WOODY ALLEN: MATCH POINT

GEORGE CLOONEY & GRANT HESLOV: GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK

PAUL HAGGIS & BOBBY MORESCO: CRASH

TONY KUSHNER & ERIC ROTH: MUNICH

LARRY McMURTRY & DIANA OSSANA: BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

Initial thoughts: surprisingly little "Munich" (and no Best Motion Picture nom), possibly because of its touchy subject matter? "The Constant Gardener," despite near universal critical acclaim, pretty much faded from view, but it looks like it may pick up awards steam after all. No "The New World" at all, which is particularly startling, given the great advance buzz the film’s getting. We also find the nods to "The Producers" a little eyebrow-raising, seeing as the scattered critical reactions so far have been "meh." Then again, "The Producers" is the kind of plummy, inoffensive (and how often can you say that about a movie that involves a musical about Hitler) film that they created the separate "Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical" category for — still, unlikely as it’d be, we’d love to see something interesting like "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" get nominated.

+ 2005 NOMINATIONS PRESS RELEASE (Official site)

Addendum: Someone was kind enough to drop us a note pointing out that "The New World" has actually generated some very middling reviews (see Todd McCarthy at Variety and Kirk Honeycutt at Hollywood Reporter). Which makes us sad (If the critics don’t love Malick, who will? Certainly not the box offices — how does the man ever get funding?) but explains the lack of Golden Globe nods.

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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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A-O Rewind

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.

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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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WTF Films

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…

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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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