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I think we can all agree — Steve Martin movies usually rock.

Consider this sample:

The Jerk
The Man With Two Brains
Three Amigos

Little Shop of Horrors
Roxanne
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Parenthood
LA Story
Father of the Bride
Grand Canyon
Housesitter
The Spanish Prisoner
Bowfinger
Shopgirl
It’s Complicated

I’ve seen most of them multiple times.

But one of my favorites has been nearly impossible to find, on basic cable or premium channels, until this week.

All of Me was released in theaters when I was still in college (translation: a long, long time ago).  It tells the story of Edwina Cutwater, portrayed by Lily Tomlin, a millionaire who has been sickly her entire life.

As she faces an untimely death, Edwina enlists the help of a Tibetan master to transfer her soul into the body of a healthy, younger woman.  Martin plays Edwina’s lawyer, who accidentally gets in the way and suddenly finds her soul in his body, each of them in control of one side.

It is physical comedy at its hilarious best, with Martin and Tomlin playing off of one another perfectly.

This week Ovation Channel brings All of Me back to cable.  It airs tonight at 9:00pm ET (and probably lots more times to come).  Just wanted to get the word out.  I’m recording it, of course, so I will have a copy for keeps.

Time to wear out this Martin classic, too.

So simple

I’m trying to remember the first time I saw or read anything about the movie “It’s Complicated.”

I know I was much younger.

Living in Manhattan, I saw the call for extras for the filming that took place in the city.  Back then it was called the “Untitled Nancy Meyers Project,” but with Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin attached to the movie, we were already convinced it was going to be amazing.

And we were right.

Because even though the final title is “It’s Complicated,” it really couldn’t be more simple.

Take a woman nearing 60 with everything — and I mean everything: unbelievable home, successful career, supportive friends, three beautiful Stepford children (and I mean that with love) — except a man in her life, and then suddenly give her two attractive men fighting over her.

What’s complicated about that?

I mean, sure, juggling the two men is complicating.  But when you have Meryl, Alec and Steve doing the balancing act, it is high comedy in its simplest form.  I loved it as much as I expected to, if not a bit more.

One tiny surprise?  John Krasinski.  Sure, we all love him as Jim in “The Office,” but who expected him to shine — and steal almost every scene he is in — amongst this stellar cast?

Simple, simple, simple.  And hilarious.

Seeing double

The Golden Globes have always been a bit of a bad boy in the awards community.

The Hollywood Foreign Press is in charge, so newcomers and outsiders are recognized (to the insiders’ dismay).  Everyone is clearly drinking during the ceremony, which can lead to some rather colorful acceptance speeches. (Remember Kate Winslet’s semi-hysterical ramblings after she finally won not once but twice last year?)

And then, there is the name of the awards themselves.  Golden Globes?  I’ll bet pretty much every man out there visualizes a certain part of the female anatomy when he hears that term.

Based on this year’s Golden Globe nominations announced just this morning — my, aren’t I topical — we will all be seeing double come January.

Sandra Bullock is nominated twice — for Best Actress, Drama, “The Blind Side” and Best Actress, Comedy, “The Proposal.”

Meryl Streep is nominated twice as well…this time in the same category (Best Actress, Comedy), for “It’s Complicated” and “Julie and Julia.”

Matt Damon is nominated twice, too — for Best Actor, Comedy, “The Informant!” and Best Supporting Actor, Drama, “Invictus.”

Pretty exciting, huh?  With all those nominations, you’re bound to snag at these one, right?

Not necessarily.  Just ask Julianne Moore.  She’s been nominated twice before and walked away empty-handed.  Kate Winslet’s vapor-inducing win last year was the exception, not the norm. I think multiple nominations often muddy up the field and, if anything, just point more clearly to the other actors in that category.

And let’s not forget — the Golden Globes recognize television as well.  Anna Paquin, nominated Best Actress,  “True Blood”, was also nominated Best Actress, made-for-TV movie “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler.”

Who’s going to win it all?  It’s still “Up in the Air.”

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