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Lincoln Leads Oscar Nominations

LincolnLincoln leads the Oscar nominations after being named in 12 categories.

Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane unveiled the shortlist for this year's Academy Awards earlier today, and the Steven Spielberg-directed biopic - which stars Daniel Day-Lewis as pioneering President Abraham Lincoln - leads the way, followed closely by Life of Pi, which is up for 11 honors.

Both movies are up for the prestigious Best Picture Oscar, but will face competition from Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Silver Livings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty to take home the statuette.

Lincoln stars Daniel, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones are all up for awards, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor respectively, while Spielberg is in the running for Best Director.

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Quote of the Day: Why Ryan Gosling Worked with Emma Stone Again

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in 'Gangster Squad'

"The truth is, Emma Stone owes me money. If I show up here or I have to do another movie with her to get it, I will."

- Ryan Gosling - who stars alongside Stone in this month's film Gangster Squad - making a joke when asked why he worked with her again after 2011's Crazy, Stupid, Love.

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Cinecast: Josh Brolin for ‘Sin City 2,’ Tina Fey in Talks for ‘Muppets’ Sequel

Josh Brolin+ Josh Brolin has been tapped to replace Clive Owen's character Dwayne in the upcoming sequel to 2005's Sin City, titled Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Brolin joins returning cast members Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, and Jessica Alba, as well as newcomer Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

+ Transformers director Michael Bay announced on his blog that the next film in the franchise will not just be a sequel to 2011's Dark of the Moon, but the first in a new trilogy. Bay also added that 20 year-old Irish actor Jack Reynor will star opposite Mark Wahlberg in the new film.

+ The 50 Shades of Grey screenwriter Kelly Marcel has admitted that the film adaptation of the popular book will definitely be slapped with an NC-17 rating. Scandalous!

+ Vulture compares Jessica Rabbit with Emma Stone's character in Gangster Squad.

+ Snakes on a Plane director David R. Ellis died early yesterday morning in South Africa for unknown reasons. He was 60 years old.

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Emma Stone’s ‘Morbid Curiosity’ About Stacy

Emma Stone as Gwen StacyEmma Stone had a "morbid curiosity" about her character in The Amazing Spider-Man.

The actress was thrilled to land the role of the superhero's first love Gwen Stacy in the new movie because she is fascinated with their tragic romance which ends in Gwen's death in the comic book series.

"I think I have a morbid curiosity. I've always had this awareness of my own mortality, so it's like, 'Wow, that's pretty epic.' And also the way her death goes is so heart-wrenching and so tragic, it's not just her death but it's all the other elements of it that are a huge draw to the character. Does that sound f****d up? I thought it was awesome. I just thought it was just staggering, and so bold. And I know people boycotted the comics when it happened. It's a really wild and oddly very exciting element for me to play. There's a little insight into my psyche."

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Emma Stone’s Spider-Man Pressure

Emma Stone as Gwen StacyEmma Stone felt "overwhelming" pressure while filming The Amazing Spider-Man.

The 23-year-old actress - who began dating co-star Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) after meeting him on the set of the action movie - found shooting the film to be a "big challenge" because she was so eager to impress die-hard fans of the comic book series.

"The film was a big challenge because I wanted to please the comic book fans so there was pressure. It was very overwhelming that the Spider-Man story is 50 years old so there was a lot of live up to but I hope we did a good job," she said.

Emma stars as "super smart" schoolgirl Gwen Stacy - who is Peter's love interest and helps him to try to stop Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard (Rhys Ifans) wreaking havoc in New York - and director Marc Webb believes Andrew and the blonde beauty had some "great banter" while shooting the movie. Speaking at the UK premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man in London's Leicester Square last night, Webb explained, "Andrew and Emma had this great banter on set and they were ideal to play intellectual characters. Gwen is super smart, I think she is maybe a bit smarter than Peter but don't tell Andrew I said that."

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The Hunger Games, Bridesmaids Lead MTV Movie Awards Nods

The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games and Bridesmaids lead the nominations at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.

The action film and the comedy motion picture both have eight nods apiece, which will see them go up against each other for Best Cast and Movie of the Year alongside Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, The Help and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1.

Jennifer Lawrence's portrayal of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games - the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' book trilogy - will see her take on Bridesmaids star Kristin Wiig for Best Female Performance, as well as Emma Stone (Crazy Stupid Love), Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2) and Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

Rooney is also up for Breakthrough Performance and Best On-Screen Transformation for her portrayal of computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in the English language version of the Swedish thriller alongside Daniel Craig.

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Emma Stone Worried About Spider-Man Fans

Emma Stone as Gwen StacyEmma Stone is concerned fans won't be satisfied with her performance in The Amazing Spider-Man.

The 23-year-old actress portrays the role of Gwen Stacy in the movie - opposite Andrew Garfield as the titular character - and she admits not everyone is going to be pleased with how she has represented the character.

"This is 50 years worth of comic book material. There are different incarnations of Gwen, and I realized that you can't please everybody. They're hoping that you can bring this character to life, in the best way that you know how. I hope that people are satisfied. I know that not everybody will be, and that's one of those trials of being human, when you learn that not everybody can like you. It is a tough lesson, isn't it?"

Despite her worries, director Marc Webb admits it was an easy decision to cast Emma - who is best known for roles in Easy A and The Help: "When we did a screen test, what was great was that Emma brought a level of humor and levity that Andrew really responded to, and there was this immediate sense of lightness in the interaction."


Andrew Garfield Dices With Death on Spider-Man

Andrew Garfield as Spider-ManAndrew Garfield had "near death experiences" every day on the set of The Amazing Spider-Man.

The British actor takes over playing the role from Tobey Maguire in the forthcoming prequel - also starring Emma Stone - and he reveals he regularly had to undertake death-defying stunts during the shoot:

"As you can see, a lot of the stunts are practical and grounded in reality. I would exhaust myself every day and get into near-death experiences every hour on the hour. I collaborated with the stunt team not only on the big stunt set-pieces but also on what happens to Peter's body when he gets bitten. What happens to his DNA and how that effects the way he moves."

Emma - who plays Gwen Stacy in the film, and has since gone on to become Andrew's real life girlfriend - has also revealed she enjoyed the kiss they shared on the film. She told a press conference in Japan, "You want to watch the movie and find out. You've got to decide if it's iconic or not. We liked it."

The Amazing Spider-Man is to be released later this year.


Emma Stone to Play Novice Drug Dealer

Emma StoneEmma Stone will play a novice drug dealer in Little White Corvette. The actress has landed one of the lead roles in the forthcoming comedy, which sees a down-on-their-luck sister and brother travel to Miami to sell a bag of cocaine that their late father left in his car.

No other casting information has been released, and GK Films are currently looking for a director to work from Michael Diliberti's script.

Emma - who can be seen in Movie 43, The Amazing Spider-Man and Gangster Squad this year - has previously admitted she has always preferred comedy to drama because of the way she bonded with her father when she was younger: "I think I was drawn to comedy originally because when I was really young, by the time I was eight I had seen movies like The Jerk, Animal House and Planes, Trains and Automobiles with my dad, and I knew them by heart. I loved them and my dad loved them, and we would laugh together, and I would think, 'This is love.' I just wanted to make people feel like that."


Spider-Man Sequel Greenlit

Andrew Garfield as Spider-ManAlthough The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and his superhero alter-ego and Emma Stone as his first love Gwen Stacy won't hit cinemas until July 2012, film bosses are so confident it will be a success, they have already commissioned a sequel. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be released in May, 2014.

"It speaks volumes about our confidence in what we are seeing on the new film and our desire to move quickly on the next instalment," an insider said.

While Emma, 22 and 27-year-old Andrew are said to be contractually obliged to make a sequel, Denis Leary - who plays Captain Stacy, the father of Emma's character - has confirmed he will also return, although he refused to give any other details: "I guess they officially announced it. I don't know if I'm allowed to say. Every time you say something about this f***ing movie, they go crazy!"

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be released in May, 2014.


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