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‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Leads Spirit Awards Nominations

Silver Linings PlaybookSilver Linings Playbook has been nominated for five Film Independent Spirit Awards.

The David O. Russell directed quirky romance received nods for its stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in the Best Male and Female Lead categories, along with nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay at the announcement at the W Hotel Hollywood on Tuesday. It will compete against Moonrise Kingdom - which also received five nominations - Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie and Keep the Lights On in the Best Feature category.

Matthew McConaughey received two nominations, Best Male Lead for Killer Joe where he will compete against Bradley, Jack Black for Bernie, John Hawkes in The Sessions, Thure Lindhardt for Keep The Lights On and Four's Wendell Pierce and Best Supporting Male for Magic Mike.

Linda Cardellini has been nominated for Best Female Lead for Return along with Emayatzy Corinealdi for Middle of Nowhere, Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild, Mary Elizabeth Winstead from Smashed and Jennifer in Silver Linings Playbook.

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Police Tasered Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal in 'End of Watch'Jake Gyllenhaal was tasered while researching his new movie.

The Brokeback Mountain actor plays the role of a policeman in End Of Watch and while out on a ride with the police, they asked if he wanted to feel what it was like to have the debilitating electrical current run through his body - although he regretted saying yes afterwards.

"I got tasered, which wasn't as funny at the time. The guys asked me if I wanted to feel what it was like I said, 'Yeah, f**k it.' They put a wire on my chest, the other one on my leg and let the current run through me. It was five seconds, but it was jarring."

Discussing his career, Jake admits he has been close to playing superheroes in a number of films previously, but now claims he is more focused on being a better actor rather than winning a particular part: "At a certain point, you realize there's always some more interesting, talented and ready to do a role than you are - and you won't get every role you for. All I want right now is to hone my skills and become a better actor, not dream about wearing a cape. But you never know."


Box Office Breakdown: Taken 2 Shoots Down Competition

Taken 2

Despite Hotel Transylvania's slaying at last week's box office and the debut of Tim Burton's Frakenweenie, parents apparently left their kids at home this weekend to see Liam Neeson hunt down and kill some more kidnappers.

Taken 2 took in $50 million while Hotel Transylvania was bumped down one spot with $26.3 million. Pitch Perfect was added to over 2,000 theaters this weekend, allowing it to reach number three with $14.7 million, bumping Looper down two spots to number four with $12.2 million. Frankenweenie debuted at number five with $11.5 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: Hotel Transylvania Pulls in the Screams

Hotel Transylvania

Vampires are still very much in at the box office -- no matter what age you are.

The animated family film Hotel Transylvania debuted this weekend with an impressive $43 million, making it the second biggest summer opener after The Dark Knight Rises. The latest Bruce Willis film -- written and directed by Rian Johnson -- Looper debuted at second place with $21.2 million while last week's number one film, End of Watch, fell two spots with $8 million. Clint Eastwood's Trouble with the Curve fell one spot to number four with $7.5 million, and the thriller House at the End of the Street rounds out the top five with $7.1 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: End of Watch Finishes First

End of Watch

It was a close race to the top of the box office this weekend, but the latest David Ayer thriller End of Watch came out ahead with $13.1 million.

In second place was the Jennifer Lawrence film House at the End of the Street, which debuted with $12.2 million while third place went to Clint Eastwood's Trouble With the Curve, which debuted with $12.1 million. Finding Nemo in 3D dropped two spots from last week to number four with $9.6 million, and last week's number one film, Resident Evil: Retribution, dropped down four spots to number five with $6.7 million.

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Jake Gyllenhaal Injured by Taser

Jake GyllenhaalJake Gyllenhaal was tased while doing research for his latest movie.

The 31-year-old actor stars in thriller End of Watch, which tells the story of two Los Angeles police offers who attempt to take down a drug cartel and Jake revealed he got caught on the wrong end of a taser weapon and was hit with "thousands of volts of electricity" while preparing for the role.

"It was not pleasant. Thousands of volts of electricity through your body in a very short period of time was not fun. But ultimately, I can talk about it!" he told Us Weekly.

Jake also revealed going on patrol with real life police officers, during which they attended a murder scene, also made him question his choice of profession: "I had no idea what to expect. The guys I was with... are so seasoned and so professional. We went to a call where someone had been shot -- it was a murder. This was a moment where I think you see the absurdity of your own job in light of the situation that you're seeing. I thought to myself, 'What am I doing here, why am I here?' Then I understood we're trying to make a movie that's authentic. It was no joke to any of us, and that made it no joke to me."


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