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Originally posted 02/23/2013 11:30AM
Oscar weekend is here, and we've got movies on the brain – and on our Kindles, iPads and nightstands. Aside from watching Hollywood, we're reading about it, and catching up on some of the books that have inspired it.
Look below to see some of our recent staff favorites, and let us know what you're reading in the comments. After all, a book club's no fun without a good conversation.
Originally posted 11/01/2012 07:00AM
No wonder he's so into politics!
Sexy star George Clooney is distantly related to America's storied 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, according to Ancestry.com. The finding came recently as Ancestry.com researchers were tracing the president's lineage in celebration of the upcoming film, Lincoln.
"We noticed there were similarities between the names and places of Abraham Lincoln's tree and George Clooney's tree," the genealogy website's Michelle Ercanbrack tells PEOPLE. "They both have deep roots in Kentucky, so once we honed in on that we were able to find a connection between the two."
Originally posted 12/01/2011 07:00PM
Honestly, who's your favorite Abe?
The Internet is abuzz with a photo of Daniel Day-Lewis in a beard during filming of Lincoln, but he's certainly not the first to channel the 16th American president for Hollywood.
Going back to the silent era, the list is long and varied, including most famously Henry Fonda (beardless in Young Mr. Lincoln). But there are others, including two unlikely portrayers.
Will Ferrell goes for laughs in a Funny or Die video while Hank Azaria did it twice, on The Simpsons and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
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