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  • Though host Seth MacFarlane has already done his best to dust off the stuffy nature of the Oscars with his gag-laden performance at the 2013 Oscar nominations event, the Best Picture category will always be a little over-reverent.

    So assisting in bringing the pomposity level down a few notches are the people behind US site College Humor.

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    Herein their pithy views on each of the nominations, in the form of their re-jigged posters, littered equally with accuracy, a bit of wilful ignorance and lashings of cynicism.

    Beast of the Southern Wild... could be on the money (Copyright: College Humour)

    Les Miserables... yep, that sounds about right (Copyright: College Humor)

    Amour... that's right, it's French (Copyright: College Humor)

    Silver Linings Playbook... rom-coms never win (Copyright: College Humor)

    Lincoln... Oi, leave off. He's one of ours (Copyright: College Humor)

    Argo... Sorry, Bennifer, they're right (Copyright: College Humor)

    Life of Pi... You try filming a tiger in a boat without CGI (Copyright: College Humor)

    Django Unchained... watch out, Quentin's in no laughing mood (Copyright: College Humor)

    Zero Dark Thirty... bears a passing resemblance to a shoot-em-up (Copyright: College Humor)

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  • The first look at 'Hunger Games' sequel 'Catching Fire' has emerged on the cover of US magazine Entertainment Weekly.

    Catching Fire... first look from sequel (Copyright: Entertainment Weekly/Lionsgate)

    Pics inside show more of stars Jennifer Lawrence and Sam Claflin in their roles as Katniss Everdeen and Finnick Odair.

    Katniss and FInnick... getting friendly (Copyright: Entertainment Weekly/Lionsgate)

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    A shot has also emerged of Lawrence's character Everdeen pointing her bow and arrow rather menacingly towards the camera.

    Katniss... watch where you're pointing that thing eh? (Copyright: Lionsgate)

    The film, directed by Francis Lawrence, is due out in November this year, following the massive success of the first installment.

    The plot, which depending on whether or not you have seen the first film may involve spoilers, revolves around Everdeen returning from her victory at the 74th Annual Hunger Games.

    But on a 'victor's tour' of the districts of Panem, she senses the rumblings of a rebellion.

    Reprising roles are Lawrence, Claflin, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson and Donald Sutherland, while new cast-members include Jena Malone

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  • Tom Cruise is short. It’s one of those universally acknowledged film star facts. But he’s not that short. In fact, there are plenty of other Hollywood types who are just as height restricted, but don’t take the kind of flak the Cruiser does.

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    Granted, Tom doesn’t really help himself, with the actor’s portrayal of ‘Jack Reacher’, still in cinemas, a sore point for fans of the goliath 6 ft 5 literary hero.

    But now help is at hand Mr. Cruise, in the form of’s easy to use Hollywood Height Chart. Simply take this along to your next audition and show the doubters exactly where you stand.

    So let’s put things into perspective with some surprising celeb heights:

    The usual suspects? The Hollywood Height Chart (Credit: More »from The Hollywood Height Chart
  • Host Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone have revealed the nominations for the 2013 Oscars, with 'Lincoln' and 'Silver Linings Playbook' leading the way.

    The nominees are listed below.

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    The duo announced this year’s Academy Awards contenders from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' headquarters in Beverly Hills. It’s the first time a host has helped unveil the nominees since 1972.

    The Oscar ceremony itself will take place on February 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Silver Linings PlaybookEvery cloud... Silver Linings Playbook dominates this year's Oscar nominations

    The Oscars 2013 nominations

    Best Film
    Beasts Of The Southern Wild
    Django Unchained
    Les Miserables
    Life Of Pi
    Silver Linings Playbook
    Zero Dark Thirty

    Best Director
    David O Russell - Silver Linings Playbook
    Ang Lee - Life Of Pi
    Steven Spielberg - Lincoln
    Michael Haneke - Amour
    Benh Zeitlin - Beasts Of The Southern Wild

    Best Actor
    Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
    Joaquin Phoenix - The Master

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  • The 2013 BAFTA nominations have been announced, with awards heavyweights ‘Life Of Pi’, ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Lincoln’ leading the way. As usual however, BAFTA voters threw a few surprises into the mix, with several contenders unexpectedly ignored.

    [Related story: Skyfall nabs surprise eight BAFTA nominations]
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    Missing in action... Mendes snubbed (Credit: Sony)

    Sam Mendes for ‘Skyfall’

    First up, ‘Skyfall’ shocked us all by picking up eight well-deserved nominations - a surprise as Bond is traditionally ignored at award shows. ‘Skyfall’ only got one Golden Globe nomination, for example. However 007’s latest adventure picked up nods for ‘Outstanding British Film’, Roger Deakins’ superb cinematography and the supporting roles played by Judi Dench and Javier Bardem. Despite the BAFTA love-in though, Sam Mendes, the director who masterminded what many consider the best ‘Bond’ in decades (perhaps even ever?) was frozen out of the incredibly competitive and frankly quite random ‘Best Director’

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  • 23rd Bond film 'Skyfall' has been nominated for eight BAFTAs, including Outstanding British Film.

    The Sam Mendes-directed record-breaker also received nods for Supporting Actor, for Javier Bardem, Supporting Actress, for Judi Dench, and Original Music, for composer Thomas Newman, while Roger Deakins is recognised for his cinematography on the film.

    Skyfall... eight nominations at the BAFTAs (Copyright: Sony)

    Steven Spielberg's biopic 'Lincoln' scooped the most nominations with 10, including Best Film, Leading Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, and Supporting Actress for Sally Field.

    Meanwhile, 'Les Miserables' and 'Life of Pi' have both received nominations in nine categories, with Ben Affleck's 'Argo' receiving seven and 'Anna Karenina', six.

    Up in the hotly-contested Best Film category are 'Argo', Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables', Ang Lee's 'Life of Pi', 'Lincoln' and Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty'.

    The ceremony will take place February 10 at the Royal Opera House in London, hosted by Stephen Fry.

    Here are the key nominations in full:

    Best Film

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  • The final 'Twilight' film is leading the nominations for this year's Razzie awards, boasting a nomination in every single category.

    'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II' has, thanks to the inclusion of the 'worst screen couple' category, managed to score 11 nods in 10 categories.

    Twilight... receives the dubious honour of getting the most Razzie nominations (Copyright: Summit)

    Both Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson appear alongside co-stars Taylor Lautner and Mackenzie Foy in that particular category.

    Often game actors turn up to collect their awards at the alternative Oscars, which celebrate the worst films of the year, but it's not known whether any of the film's stars will pitching up.

    Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg's 'That's My Boy' also did well for nominations, scooping eight, while 'Battleship' hauled in a healthy seven.

    Meanwhile, Tyler Perry managed to get nominated in both the worst actor and worst actress categories for his cross-dressing role of Madea in 'Madea's Witness Protection'.

    The Golden Raspberry Awards take place on February 23, the day before the

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  • Yahoo! Movies has exclusively nabbed a rather lovely new poster for animation epic, umm, ‘Epic’ . Have a look.

    Click the image for the big version (Credit: 20th Century Fox)

    Based on the book ‘The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs’ by William Joyce, it sees Amanda Seyfried voice to Mary, a teenage girl transported to a secret forest kingdom and doing battle with the forces of evil. The barmy vocal cast also includes Christoph Waltz, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Steven Tyler, Beyoncé Knowles and Pitbull.

    It’s clear director Chris Wedge, who also helmed ‘Ice Age’ and ‘Robots’, has some high aspirations for the film. He said: "I hate to associate it with other movies [but] it is adventure on the scale of ‘Star Wars’. And it does immerse the audience completely in a world like ‘Avatar’. But it has its own personality.” No pressure then!

    ‘Epic’ is released in the UK on 24 May 2013. Watch the trailer below.

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  • And the Oscar for the best title of the year goes to… ‘Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters’.

    How could you not want be intrigued by high-octane action film that sees the titular fairy tale heroes, played by (obviously) Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, killing witches with crossbows? We are...

    Anyway, we’ve nabbed one of those newfangled motion posters for the film. Enjoy!

    ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’ is released in the UK on 22 February 2013.

  • You might not want to hear this, but the loveable critters that emerge from Disney’s dream factory are not made of magic and fairy dust, but are the products of a rigorous studio machine.

    During production of Disney and Pixar ‘toons, hundreds of concept artists, storyboarders, script editors and animation gurus work for years to hash out the look and feel of characters that, they hope, we’ll fall in love with.

    They don’t usually get it right first time.

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    Take, for example, the foxy Robin Hood in the somewhat derided 1973 film of the same name. In these superb early sketches by animator Ken Anderson, Robin is much cuter and younger-looking than the finished product, thanks to a longer nose and differently-proportioned body.
    The creation of a character... Robin Hood's evolution (Credit: Disney)
    Fellow artist Mitt Kahl stepped in and totally changed the character into an older, more swashbuckling outlaw. The nose itself went

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