Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln lead 2013 Oscar nominations

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Academy Awards Oscar nominations 2013

Nominations for 2013 Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, were announced today.

The show will be Feb. 24 on ABC at 8:30 p.m. EST. "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane hosts. (Sidenote: don't forget about Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting the Golden Globes this Sunday, Jan. 13!)

"Silver Linings Playbook" scored a whopping seven nods; "Lincoln" trailed just behind with six.

"Beast of the Southern Wild" nabbed five nominations, while "Amour," and "Argo" got four each.

Check out the full list after the cut.

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Les Miserables and other top theater-to-Hollywood movies

So, the Les Miserables film is coming out on Christmas day. Yeah, you have families and all, but the star-studded cast might just be enough to pull some of us out of the jolly holiday and get to the movie theater.

First there’s Hugh Jackman, AKA Wolverine in the X-Men movies. He also starred in a bunch of other things, including the actual Wolverine film (which we won’t talk about), but all that really matters is he’s delightfully Australian and nice to look at. There’s also Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen, and then three ladies it’s impossible not to love: Anne Hathaway (she’s Catwoman AND the Princess of Genovia), Amanda Seyfried (who was in the best film of all time, Mean Girls), and Helena Bonham Carter (she was in Fight Club, y’all!).

Basically: this film will probably be great, just for the casting choices alone. And if it’s not, well, it wouldn’t be the first theater-turned-Hollywood film to be awful. I’m looking at you, Raise Your Voice.

And this is coming from someone who actually likes Hilary Duff.

But let’s not talk about the bad – how about some really great transitions from theater to the silver screen?

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"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened."

Oh wait, that's Star Wars, created by George Lucas. But that's to whom Peter Jackson is being compared, in some corners, following his decision to extend the film adaptation of The Hobbit. There will now be three films instead of the originally planned two.

Of course, people were anxious when Jackson announced two films. After all, The Hobbit is a fraction of the size of The Lord of The Rings. One book instead of three, and about 300 pages instead of more than 1,000. The argument was that while two films worked for LotR, it would not translate so well to "Hobbit". But after a time people seemed to get used to the idea of two films.

People are even less sure about three. The main worry people have is that there is simply not enough material from the book to carry it through three movies. Or, at least, not enough to do it without it seeming filler-y in places. So, even with some original material thrown in that didn't originally appear in the book, as was already planned, can it work?

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Sesame Street has always done a good job entertaining and educating kids since its beginnings in 1969. In recent years, however, they have stepped up their game to include countless pop culture references. Thanks to the latest viral video from Cookie Monster singing his version of Carly Rae Jepsen (see below), I thought it was a good idea to put together some of my favorite Sesame Street videos from the past few years.

Share It Maybe

There have been countless "Call Me Maybe" videos made over the past few weeks, and leave it to Cookie Monster to top it off with the best one yet. I have watched this video a few times and every single time it brings a smile to my face. You know a parody is good when you sing that version instead of the original.

Smell Like a Monster

"Sadly, you are not a monster." Classic Grover. This is a spoof of the Old Spice commercials from a few years ago and Sesame Street did a great job recreating it. Growing up, Grover was my favorite Sesame Street character and he remains my favorite to this day, despite the fact that people tell me I am an adult.

SpiderMonster

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is still going strong on Broadway, but most people remember all the struggles the show had in the beginning. Kids probably didn't understand any of the references, but the folks over on Sesame Street really picked apart the show thanks to my man Grover!

Do you have any favorite Sesame Street parodies or spoofs? Let us know in the comments below!

Nickelodeon makes its mark in the concert industry

What do you do if you're a television network looking for some other industry to expand into? Create yourself a record label, find yourself a few people with talent, and then watch the tickets fly off the shelf. That's what the Walt Disney Company has been doing for the last several years. Disney, of course, is responsible for launching the careers of Miley Cyrus and The Jonas Brothers. But now that those two acts have settled down for a bit, another network has entered the fray: Nickelodeon.

Though it has released soundtracks for years, Nick really got started in the concert business when Miranda Cosgrove sang the theme song to iCarly, the series she currently stars in, and then launched a recording and touring career. Since then the network has brought together three more musical acts: Keke Palmer, star of the former series True Jackson, VP; Big Time Rush; and The Fresh Beat Band. The latter two in particular have taken off. Big Time Rush is about four kids who get a chance to move to Los Angeles as a band, and spend what time they're not singing trying to solve problems that face them. The Fresh Beat Band has much the same premise, though they're targeted at toddlers.

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