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Lincoln Leads Golden Globe Nominations

LincolnLincoln leads the Golden Globe 2013 nominations with seven nods. Steven Spielberg's biopic about former President Abraham Lincoln is up for a host of top prizes including Best Drama, Best Director, Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis and Best Screenplay.

Quentin Tarantino's western flick Django Unchained and political drama Argo follow close behind with five nominations each. Critically-acclaimed films Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook each received four nods.

With three nominations are Life of Pi, dark cult drama The Master and heart-warming British comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. The great Dames of British film, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Helen Mirren, all have acting nods for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Quartet and Hitchcock respectively.

Surprises include Nicole Kidman's Best Supporting Actress nomination for The Paperboy and John Hawkes and Helen Hunt being up for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress for their performances in The Sessions.

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Paul Thomas Anderson Wants to Make a Film Like ‘Ted’

Paul Thomas AndersonTalk about a change of pace! Known for his riveting dramas, Paul Thomas Anderson recently revealed that he would like to follow up his Oscar-worthy film The Master with a comedy.

"Soon hopefully. I have to write it. It sounds daunting. I'd like to make a film like Airplane!. That never gets old. Or Ted. It was a big hit. Why? Because it’s great. Movies that are that big a hit are never f****** bad," the writer-director said when asked when he would be filming his comedy.

Although his films have always had some hints of dark comedy in them, I wouldn't be surprised if his partner - Saturday Night Live alum Maya Rudolph - had a little bit to do with his new vision!

Considering the introduction of Joaquin Phoenix's character in The Master and the legendary milkshake scene in There Will Be Blood, I have a feeling that Anderson will transition just fine into a humorous venture.

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Quote of the Day: Paul Thomas Anderson on His New Film, Tom Cruise

Paul Thomas Anderson and Tom Cruise

“Yes, I have shown [Tom Cruise] the film, and yes, we are still friends. The rest is between me and Tom."

- Director Paul Thomas Anderson comments on his showing the A-list star his latest film, The Master, which was inspired by The Church of Scientology -- a religion in which Cruise is highly involved.

(Make sure to check out other notable quotes.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Hudson and McConaughey Strike Gold

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, the latest joint venture for Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, debuted at the top of the charts this weekend with $21 million.  (When that total is worthy of a first place finish, you know times were slow.)  This marks the second time the pair opened in the $20 million dollar range; 2003’s How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days started at $23.8 million.

was the only other new entry in this weekend’s Top Ten.  The Martin Lawrence comedy grossed $16 million over the three days pushing Hannah Montana into third place.  The 3-D concert, though, had the stronger per screen average ($14,987).

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Box Office Breakdown: Hannah Montana Humiliates Her Elders

Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus

It’s now time for the entertainment industry to take notice:  a 15-year-old girl has officially become the hottest thing thing around.  already had a hit TV series () and a sold-out concert tour, but now she has a record-breaking movie as well.

The limited run of her 3-D film, , made waves on what is usually considered a slow weekend for movies.  (Audiences are usually plopped in front of the TV watching the .)  The pic earned over $31 million, surpassing the total set by 1998’s during the same football weekend.  (That weeper grossed $25.2 million.)  Miley also rocked a stellar $45,560 per screen average.  In comparison, this week’s #2 (), earned $40,000 less per theater.  Fortunately, those unable to snag a Montana ticket now have their chance.  The wildly successful film has been extended indefinitely.

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Box Office Breakdown: Rambo Outgunned by Spartans

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Although was hoping to end the series on an up note, it appears the actor/writer/director will just have to settle for second place.  Many had expected the fourth installment would come away with the weekend’s spoils, unfortunately the aging action hero was overpowered by a group of toga-clad warriors.

It should be said though that had an extremely narrow victory.  The spoof of 2007’s edged out the action flick by just $300,000.  But a win is still a win, right?  The satire also had the best per screen average of any movie in the Top Ten ($7104).

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2008 Academy Award Nominations

Academy Awards statueThe nominations for the were announced bright and early Tuesday morning from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  Assuming the ceremony goes on as scheduled, you can see the live broadcast Sunday, February 24th on .

Notable additions/omissions from today’s announcement:

Daniel Day-Lewis Marks Return With ‘Blood’

There Will Be Blood- Daniel Day LewisKnown for his odd little ways, his do-or-die acting methods, and his fabulous skill, has enjoyed a stellar film career - though by Hollywood standards, he makes films infrequently. Missing from the big screen since 2005, the award-winning actor has made a triumphant return to films today in Paul Thomas Anderson’s . Very different from the bevy of family-oriented holiday flicks currently clogging up the theaters, this feature film deals in avarice, oil, madness and, of course, blood.

is known for dramatic films like Magnolia and break-out film Boogie Nights, but isn’t like either one of these previous efforts. Day-Lewis (whose own unique brand of method acting has labeled him as truly eccentric and maybe even a little ’round the bend) plays Daniel Plainview in a performance that’s being heralded by the critics (he’s already received a , too).  Plainview is involved with oil in a century-old setting, a man who will do whatever he has to do to get his own way.

Yahoo! reviewers have called the dramatic epic a “masterpiece” and granted the film three and a half stars (on a scale of four total).  Why is the film this good? Because Daniel Day-Lewis is in it.

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In Theaters This Holiday Weekend (12/25)

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Los Angeles Film Critics Favor ‘There Will Be Blood’

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There Will Be BloodAn adaptation of the Upton Sinclair novel, Oil!, was just selected Best Picture of the Year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.  , which opens in theaters December 26, stars (Gangs of New York) as an oil tycoon in the early 1900’s.  Blood won four honors overall including Best Director (), Best Actor (Lewis) and Best Production Design.  Just earlier this week, the National Board of Review gave its top prize to .

The New York Film Critics Circle is expected to announce its picks later today while the nominations come out this Thursday.

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