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It's Oscar Time! And the Nominees Are ... | Emma Stone, Seth MacFarlane

UpdatePosted 01/10/2013 09:05AM

Academy Award Nominations: Lincoln Leads the Pack

Originally posted 01/10/2013 08:15AM

This year's Oscars may not take place until Feb. 24, but the ceremony's host, Seth MacFarlane, already started earning his salary Thursday morning – by joining Emma Stone to announce the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' headquarters in Beverly Hills.

And the name that kept coming up: Lincoln, which reaped the lion's share number of nominations, 12, including those for Best Picture, Best Director Steven Spielberg, Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis and Supporting Actress Sally Field.

Other highly recognized films were Life of Pi, with 11 nominations; Les Misérables, with nine; and Argo, with seven, though, surprisingly, not one for its director Ben Affleck.

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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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Oprah Winfrey Steps Out for Lincoln Screening in N.Y.C.

Oprah Winfrey Steps Out for Lincoln Screening in N.Y.C.

Originally posted 10/30/2012 06:00AM

Honest Abe was a hit!

Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King attended Time magazine's screening of Lincoln and Q&A in New York City on Thursday.

Winfrey and King weren't the only celebrities at the event – Bill O'Reilly also came out to see Daniel Day-Lewis in the biopic.

"Oprah stayed through the entire film and Q&A with Daniel Day-Lewis and director Steven Spielberg," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "She ran out after calling for Steven and rushed up the escalator to chat with the director!" (Spielberg gave WInfrey her very first big break, in The Color Purple.)

"Just saw Daniel Day-Lewis performance as LINCOLN .. PHENOMENAL!! Must, Must MUST see!" the OWN network powerhouse Tweeted Thursday.


– Carlos Greer

Drew Barrymore (as a Kid) Spills a Secret About Steven Spielberg

Originally posted 10/04/2012 11:20AM



She practically stole E.T. out from under the space alien when she was 6, and now the 37-year-old mother of week-old Olive Barrymore Koppelman, Drew Barrymore, can be seen as she was back in her early filmmaking days.

Speaking about her director, Steven Spielberg, in a behind-the-scenes clip from the about-to-be-released (on Oct. 9) Blu-Ray and DVD edition of the 1982 box-office smash, the young Barrymore says: "He's a nice director, that's for sure, and he needs a lot of sleep, because he has to work late at night."

Costar Henry Thomas, then 10, also isn't shy when talking about Drew. He says that when she introduced the unplugged E.T. robot to her mother Jaid, Drew said, "He doesn't want to talk to you right now" – prompting Thomas to note that Drew is "quite imaginative."

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POLL: Are You Smitten with Smash? | Katharine McPhee

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Smash Premieres: Is NBC's Musical Drama a Hit?

Originally posted 02/06/2012 11:00PM

Smash has finally arrived!

After months of heavy promotion (and access to the pilot on iTunes), NBC's buzzed-about musical drama that goes behind the scenes of a Broadway show premiered Monday night – but will it be a hit? Caution: Spoilers ahead.

In the first episode, we meet the players – struggling actors, conflicted writers, an egotistical director and an ambitious producer – involved in launching a musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe.

"Everyone's doing her now," says Debra Messing's character, writer Julia Houston. "There's a Marilyn movie, diaries. You know what there's an app for the iPad now? You blow on it and the skirt goes up."

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5 Things To Know About War Horse's Joey

5 Things To Know About War Horse's Joey

Originally posted 01/10/2012 03:00PM

A miraculous horse named Joey is winning audiences' hearts in Steven Spielberg's new film adaptation of War Horse, including that of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who was moved to tears when she attended the London premiere this weekend.

But behind the scenes of the epic movie was a crew of more than 100 horses led by animal trainer Bobby Lovgren, who worked on 2003's Seabiscuit. Here are five things you should know about the talented equine cast that gave Joey life.

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Kate Moved to Tears by War Horse | Kate Middleton, Prince William

Duchess of Cambridge Moved to Tears by War Horse

Originally posted 01/09/2012 11:40AM

The Duchess of Cambridge is renowned for her poise and grace. But she needed some assistance – from none other than Steven Spielberg's wife – at a crucial moment of the War Horse premiere Sunday in London.

Spielberg has revealed that his wife, actress Kate Capshaw, was passing tissues to Kate, who turned 30 on Monday, as the film's story hit a particularly moving section.

Asked if Kate was in a "right state," he told the BBC on Monday that he was sitting between the duchess and his wife. "At one point my wife, who was sitting to my right ... passed a Kleenex to the Duchess of Cambridge. I just saw the Kleenex going across my face."

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Late-Entry Movies Throw Oscar Race Wide Open | Rooney Mara, Sandra Bullock

Late-Entry Movies Throw Oscar Race Wide Open

Originally posted 12/12/2011 12:30PM

And the winner is ... Who knows?

The late entry into the race by buzzed-about films Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has made for a wide-open Oscar race for Best Picture this year.

"I can't remember a year like this where there was no clear front-runner," says a longtime awards season veteran. "Nobody knows where this race is going."

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Steven Spielberg's Daughter Inspired Him to Make War Horse | Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg's Daughter Inspired Him to Make War Horse

Originally posted 12/06/2011 09:00AM

This Christmas, moviegoers have Steven Spielberg's 15-year-old daughter to thank for inspiring her dad to adapt the Tony-winning play War Horse into a movie.

"My daughter [Destry] is a great companion to have tonight because I made this movie with her in mind," Spielberg, 64, told PEOPLE at the world premiere for the film in New York Sunday. "Ever since I showed her Black Stallion years ago, she said, 'You've got to make a movie with a horse in it,' so I did."

Destry, the youngest of seven children in the Spielberg family, is a competitive horse jumper who participates in international competitions. She shares the love of horses with her mom, actress Kate Capshaw, and they've been raising their own horses at home for years.

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Spielberg Had Megan Fox Fired from Transformers, Says Michael Bay | Megan Fox

Steven Spielberg Had Megan Fox Fired from Transformers, Says Michael Bay

Originally posted 06/20/2011 06:40PM

In the run-up to shooting Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Megan Fox told a British magazine that director Michael Bay "wants to be like Hitler on his sets" and that he's "a nightmare to work for."

A few months later, she got her walking papers. But it wasn't Bay who made the call, the director says.

"She was in a different world, on her BlackBerry. You gotta stay focused," Bay tells the July issue of GQ, on newsstands Tuesday. "And you know, the Hitler thing. Steven said, 'Fire her right now.' "

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