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UpdatePosted 12/21/2012 03:00PM

Weekend Holiday Movie Guide: Watch This, Not That

Originally posted 12/08/2012 02:15PM

The hectic holidays are almost upon us, which means it's the perfect time of year to head to the movies – provided you don't get stuck with the cinematic equivalent of a fruitcake.

So arm yourself with this handy watch this/skip that weekend movie guide before your Aunt Mildred suggests a Red Dawn/Killing Them Softly double feature. (Seriously, don't even entertain that idea.)

Watch This: Les Misérables
Something about a grand, old-fashioned musical turns me into a swooning, giddy thing. Weeks later, I'm still humming "Master of the House," even though I don't know all the words. But the emotions are what really linger – Hugh Jackman's stirring performance as Jean Valjean, the ex-con who becomes a hero, is only outdone by Anne Hathaway's brief but soulful turn as Fantine, the young mother who sells her body to feed her child. Sure, it's maudlin and manipulative, but let's be honest, musical theater nerds, isn't that what we're paying for?

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Who Was Nominated for a Golden Globe? | Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field

Golden Globe Nominations Shine on Lincoln, Argo and Big Bang Theory

Originally posted 12/13/2012 09:15AM

Time to start the party: Thursday morning brought good news to Tinseltown – with the announcement of the Golden Globe nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Among the major names topping the list – nominees were announced by Megan Fox, Ed Helms and Jessica Alba – are such favorites as Anne Hathaway and Sally Field (for their respective supporting roles in Les Misérables and Lincoln), Nicole Kidman (for HBO's Hemingway and Gellhorn and the film The Paperboy), Leonardo DiCaprio (for his supporting role in Django Unchained) and Argo director Ben Affleck, who'll compete in that category along with Kathryn Bigelow, for Zero Dark Thirty; Ang Lee, for Life of Pi; Steven Spielberg, for Lincoln; and Quentin Tarantino, for Django Unchained.

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Critics Choose Lincoln – Plus Other Movies (Twilight!) They Think You Should See

Critics' Choice Nominations Help Kick Off Award Season

Originally posted 12/11/2012 01:00PM

'Tis the season ... for Hollywood awards!

Forget Santa and Frosty, on Monday the nominees for the 18th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards were announced, unofficially kicking off more than two months of nominations, parties and award shows that will culminate with the Academy Awards on Feb. 24.

This week on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globe nominations will also be announced. (The Oscar nods aren't revealed until after the actual holidays are over, on Jan. 15, 2013.)

So, which films do the critics think are the best of 2012?

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Lincoln Review: Daniel Day-Lewis Deserves an Oscar Nod | Daniel Day-Lewis

Lincoln Review: Daniel Day-Lewis Turns In an Oscar-Worthy Performance

Originally posted 11/09/2012 02:30PM

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As a grateful nation, we've polished the legacy of Abraham Lincoln to such a high gloss that you can barely make out the man. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln strips away the varnish to reveal a President who's warm, funny and craftily political.

The alchemy is in Daniel Day-Lewis's performance as Lincoln. His rounded shoulders and reedy tenor belie a power that roars as Lincoln fights to pass the 13th Amendment, ending slavery. (I'm calling it: The Oscar is Day-Lewis's to lose.)

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Poll: Who's the Best Hollywood Abraham Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis: Is He the Best Hollywood Abe Lincoln?

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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Carey Mulligan Is Savoring It, But Ready for Awards Season to be Over | Carey Mulligan

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Carey Mulligan Is Savoring It, But Ready for Awards Season to be Over

Originally posted 03/07/2010 10:30AM

She has scored Golden Globe, SAG Awards and Oscar nods for her role in An Education. She even took home the highest honor at the BAFTA Awards in London. But as the end of award season draws near, Carey Mulligan says she's ready for it all to be finished!

"It's been a really long time," she told PEOPLE at a luncheon thrown by the Diamond International Corporation in her honor. "It's kind of nostalgic now ... I think I'm just gonna remember this weekend really vividly forever."

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Daniel Day-Lewis Lands Nine Role | Daniel Day-Lewis, Javier Bardem

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Daniel Day-Lewis Lands Nine Role

Originally posted 05/19/2008 08:35AM

It looks like the producers of the movie musical Nine are replacing one Oscar winner with another.

Nearly three weeks after this year's Best Supporting Actor (for No Country for Old Men) Javier Bardem withdrew from the upcoming screen adaptation of the Broadway show, citing exhaustion, this year's Best Actor winner (for There Will Be Blood) will assume the leading role, reports Weekly Variety.

The London-born Day-Lewis, 51, will play the Italian film director Guido Contini, based on flamboyant cinema artist Federico Fellini and his semi-autobiographical 1963 romp 8 ½, which starred Marcello Mastrioianni. (The title referred to the number of movies Fellini had previously directed.)

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Daniel Day-Lewis: 'I'm a Hands-On Parent' | Daniel Day-Lewis

Daniel Day-Lewis: 'I'm a Hands-On Parent'

Originally posted 02/04/2008 12:00PM

He may already have an Oscar for My Left Foot, and is the frontrunner to pick up another for There Will Be Blood, but as far as Daniel Day-Lewis's 9-year-old son Ronan is concerned, dad works in construction – not movies.

"I lead a very quiet life when I'm not working," the SAG Award winner star, who practices his carpentry during his often long down time between movies, told England's Daily Mail magazine Weekend.

But disputing his reputation as a hermit, Day-Lewis, 50, says, "I'm not in hiding behind closed doors. How can you be a recluse in a house full of children?"

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Daniel Day-Lewis Talks About Heath Ledger on Oprah | Heath Ledger

Daniel Day-Lewis Talks About Heath Ledger on Oprah

Originally posted 01/24/2008 07:40PM

Daniel Day-Lewis appeared via satellite on The Oprah Winfrey Show to talk about his Oscar nomination, but he quickly changed the subject.

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Viggo Mortensen Won't Cross Oscar Picket Line | Viggo Mortensen

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Viggo Mortensen Won't Cross Oscar Picket Line

Originally posted 01/22/2008 12:00PM

If Viggo Mortensen's mother saw his movie Eastern Promises, she saw her son onscreen completely naked and fighting off knives. But will she be able to see him at the Oscars?

"If there's a strike I will not go," the Best Actor nominee told the Associated Press on Tuesday, shortly after this year's nominations were announced, "but I have a feeling they'll solve it. I hope they do. I'm sure my mom would like to see me on TV."

The ongoing Hollywood writers strike – which effectively closed down the Golden Globes – was on the minds of a lot of Tuesday's nominees as word of the nominations spread throughout the world.

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