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Odds: Tuesday – Asia on JT, the Razzies, the ISAs.

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Damn right it is.
Here at IFC News, Dan Persons has a great Q&A with Asia Argento on "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things" and the JT Leroy scandale:

JT Leroy: Blessing or curse?

Both. It’s really both. Personally, it’s a blessing because it was a very important thing in my life to make this movie, and curse because it was a very hard thing to make. The whole hoax thing… Like everybody, I believed that this was really JT’s life. I had to, you know. Laura — who now I call "Laura"; for me it was "Emily" all this time — she tried actually to tell me a bunch of times that she had written it, and I dismissed it. I dismissed it because I didn’t want… I was like, This woman, she’s crazy, why does she want to take advantage… she wants to say that she wrote it? I thought maybe she had helped.

The furor over the "Crash" win may have obscured the Razzies (or beat them at their own game) — for the record, the Jenny McCarthy-scripted "Dirty Love" (which actually premiered at Sundance last year) won Worst Picture. The rest of the lucky winners are here.

Er, the furor over the "Crash" win may have obscured the Independent Spirit Awards — where they managed to give "Crash" a side prize while still crowning "Brokeback Mountain" Best Feature. Eugene Hernandez at indieWIRE has coverage and the complete list of winners.

At the Boston Globe, Wesley Morris argues that "Brokeback" suffered because it wasn’t actually a political film — it has politics thrust upon it.

Ang Lee‘s adaptation of Annie Proulx‘s short story was not out to attack us with a statement. It really is just an unhappy love story that happens to have enormous social relevance because its protagonists are two men. Yet the movie’s biggest supporters may have turned an otherwise innocent film into a cause that got on voters’ nerves. The dialogue became quotable, and the poster was mocked, lessening the emotional seriousness and making for a once-in-a-lifetime pop-culture phenomenon.

"Crash," which many Los Angelenos have come to regard as gospel, was the logical beneficiary.

Tim Padgett at Time notes that the brief glimpse we got of Mel Gibson in the Oscar intro offered a preview of "Apocalypto"‘s Mayan.

The Reeler reviews the Oscar liveblogs.

At the Guardian, JG Ballard takes a melancholy look Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of his autobiographical novel "Empire of the Sun."

After 40 years my memories had shaped themselves into a novel, but only three years later they were mutating again.

Hazy figures now had names and personalities, smiles and glances that I had seen in a dozen other films: John Malkovich, Nigel Havers, Miranda Richardson. With them was a brilliant child actor, Christian Bale, who uncannily resembled my younger self. He came up to me on the set and said: "Hello, Mr Ballard. I’m you." He was followed by an attractive young couple, Emily Richard and Rupert Frazer, who added: "And we’re your mum and dad."

And at the Village Voice, J. Hoberman surveys the way "The New World"‘s instantly took its place as a cineaste cult classic:

Who will deny that America has seldom needed a redemptive myth as badly as it does now? On the evening of February 23, 2006, I attended the movie’s last screening at BAM, along with a rapt audience of 19. Many had obviously seen  The New World before. Now it was about to vanish from their world. Sitting closest to the screen, a few remained in their seats for the entire bird-call-scored credits, waiting until the last avian note faded to silence in the empty room.

+ The Ghost of JT Leroy: Asia Argento’s Deceitful "Heart" (IFC News)
+ 26th Annual Golden Raspberry Award "Winners" (Razzies.com)
+ "Brokeback," "Capote," "Crash," "Transamerica" Honored With Spirit Awards (indieWIRE)
+ Hollywood isn’t being straight with gay community (BostonGlobe.com)
+ Mel Gibson’s Oscar Moment, in Maya (Time)
+ One Final, Excruciating Date With Oscar: Reviewing the Liveblogs (The Reeler)
+ Look back at Empire (Guardian)
+ Paradise Now (Village Voice)

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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.

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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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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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