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Drew Barrymore: I’m Not a “Good” Actress

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Drew BarrymoreDrew Barrymore doesn't think she's a very good actress.

The 39-year-old star - who has starred in countless films since the age of six - doesn't rate her dramatic ability because she prefers to become the character, rather than imitate them. "I don't think I'm a good actress. I feel like it's fake and yucky and it doesn't ring true. But if you research and you study and make it personal, you just become that person, and it's your truth and everything else around you falls away. Then you're telling the truth, it's not lying, it's not fake," she explained.

The blonde beauty credits her godfather Steven Spielberg for giving her the best advice, which has stuck with her for 33 years: "Steven told me, 'Don't act your characters. Be your characters.' At [the age of] six, I guess I was comfortable and more humorous than I would have remembered now. But once I got older and kept continuing acting, I don't know if I would have succeeded without that advice, because that's the thing that saved me. I'm not an actor, I'm a pretender."


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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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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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Daniel Day-Lewis Explains His Lincoln Voice

Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham LincolnDaniel Day-Lewis has been hailed as the World's Greatest Actor, but that still doesn't necessarily stop some folks from nitpicking his performances - most recently of which is the tone of voice he opted for with his potrayal of Abraham Lincoln.

"I still don't like the sound of Daniel Day Lewis's Lincoln voice... It's flat, undistinctive, unimpressive... It's hard to describe what I was looking to hear, but this isn't it. And I dearly love the voices that Lewis has given us over the years. The fault, of course, is [Steven] Spielberg's -- he didn't push hard enough, he let well enough alone," wrote Hollywood Elsewhere blogger Jeffrey Wells.

Wells isn't the only one to raise an eyebrow over Day-Lewis' decision for a high-pitched voice in Spielberg's Lincoln, which is perhaps what prompted the actor to defend his decision:

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Shia LaBeouf Continues to Slam Big Studio System

Shia LaBeoufTransformers star Shia LaBeouf has denounced the Hollywood studio system.

Explaining his efforts to steer his career towards more independent films, LaBeouf - who is set to star in the upcoming Lars Von Trier film Nymphomaniac - has slammed what he believes is an inability to be creative in the big-budgeted film environment.

"There's no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist. You give Terrence Malick a movie like Transformers, and he's f****d. There's no way for him to exist in that world," he said.

LaBeouf did admit, however, to regretting his negative comments on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (which prompted his co-star Harrison ford to call him an idiot): "He [Steven Spielberg] told me there's a time to be a human being and have an opinion, and there's a time to sell cars. It brought me freedom, but it also killed my spirits because this was a dude I looked up to like a sensei."

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Peter Jackson to Direct Tintin Sequel

Peter Jackson to direct the Tintin sequelPeter Jackson will direct the Tintin sequel.

Steven Spielberg revealed the Lord of the Rings helmer will be in charge of the second Tintin movie after the pair struck a deal before the first installment of the animated project.

"Peter [Jackson]'s doing it. I wanted to do it, but Peter has to because we made a deal. I said, 'I'll direct the first one, you direct the second one.' And Peter, of course, is going to do it right after he finishes photography on The Hobbit. He'll go right into the 31, 21 days of performance capture. We're not telling the world what books we're basing the second movie on yet," Spielberg said.

Despite Steven refusing to reveal which tomes will be used on the second Tintin movie, producer Kathleen Kennedy recently hinted The Calculus Affair is a strong possibility.

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Steven Spielberg to Produce Jurassic Park 4

Steven SpielbergSteven Spielberg has confirmed he will not be directing Jurassic Park 4.

The War Horse director - who helmed the first two stories in the dinosaur movie series - will be returning for the mooted fourth installment, but only in the capacity of producer: "I don't want to talk about Jurassic Park 4 yet - it's too early - but I can tell you that I'm not directing it. I'm producing it though."

Steven also confirms his forthcoming adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson's Robopocalypse will be a "big popcorn movie," but does not want to confirm too many details about the project. He added at a press conference in Paris, "I'm making a science fiction movie probably in September called Robopocalypse because on Daniel Wilson's book. It's a cautionary tale about war between human beings and robots. It's a big crowd pleaser, I think, a big action popcorn movie with a message. I have a couple of other plans which I don't want to go into because they're too far out of the horizon."


Steven Spielberg Driven by Fear

Steven Spielberg at the War Horse premiereSteven Spielberg is "driven" by fear. The director admits he likes to take on projects which intimidate him, and he admits he is always nervous when he is on the set of a new movie.

"Fear is what drives me. Every movie is scary for me and every day I shoot the movie is scary. And I need fear because it drives me to explore things. It keeps me looking for a new variation on constant themes."

He admits, however, he did not struggle with working with horses on his new movie War Horse - about a boy whose beloved pet is sold by his father to work in the trenches of World War I - because he has always been around them thanks to his children.

"I'd never made a movie where a horse was the star. Or, indeed, any animal was the star. My daughter, who's 14, is a competitive jumper. And my wife just started doing dressage. So I've been living with horses for the past eight years, and they've been part of my life for the past 16 to 17 years. Based on directing a movie with horses, I now feel very strongly that they're the most intelligent animals I've ever come across."


Box Office Breakdown: Green Lantern Fights Off Super 8

Ryan Reynolds as the Green Lantern

Even though the buzz for Green Lantern fizzled at the reveal of its rather disappointing full-length trailer, Ryan Reynold's abs the superhero flick managed to fight off last week's box office winner, Super 8.

The DC comic book adaptation scored $53 million at the box office in its first week, while the J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg project Super 8 managed to finish second -- down from last week's top spot -- at $21.2 million . Jim Carrey's family comedy Mr. Popper's Penguins debuted in third place raking in $18.2 million, pushing last week's second place film X-Men: First Class  -- the X-Men prequel starring James Mcavoy and Michael Fassbender -- to fourth with $11.5 million.

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Sally Field to Become Lincoln’s Leading Lady

Sally Field Mary Todd Lincoln

Sally Field will play Abraham Lincoln’s wife and widow, Mary Todd, in Steven Spielberg’s re-telling of the famous assassination.

Though the two names have been present in Hollywood for decades, and both have earned much praise for their work, Sally Field and Steven Spielberg have never worked together before. The director released a statement saying he is “excited to be working with Sally [Field] for the first time.”

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