"Lincoln," director Steven Spielberg's film about the 16th president and his battle to end slavery, rounded up plenty of votes for the 85th Academy Awards, topping all films with 12 nominations, including best picture. Spielberg, one of the most successful directors in Hollywood history, doesn't need the honors -- he has six previous directing nominations, including wins for "Saving Private Ryan" and Schindler's List" -- but the showing marks a return to dominance for the filmmaker. In the last decade, his films, including "War Horse" and "Munich," have received little more than respect at the annual gathering.
This year's Oscars host, Seth MacFarlane, and "Gangster Squad" actress Emma Stone were up bright and early on Thursday to announce the nominees for the 85th Academy Awards.
Now that we're done hyperventilating and collectively freaking out, we can talk about Justin Timberlake's cryptic proclamation that he might be back in business. The music business, to be precise. A rep for the newly married entertainer said in August that Timberlake didn't have new solo music in the works, despite rumors to the contrary. But it would appear that in 2013 Timberlake is changing his tune. The 31-year-old dropped hints on Twitter and on his website Thursday that new tunes are forthcoming, even setting up a countdown clock so the eagerly anticipating can watch the seconds tick by.
As the newly minted "Hottest Woman of the 21st Century" - per GQ magazine - Beyonce is well aware of the power she wields as an influential entertainer. But that doesn't mean she completely understands it. The 31-year-old singer said as much to GQ in its February issue, which boasts the mom of one on the cover in just skivvies and a cropped top. "I now know that, yes, I am powerful," Beyonce said. "I'm more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand."
As an argument between Gina and her boyfriend escalated in their New Jersey home more than 20 years ago, he started to become violent. Gina's friend Shawna, who'd come over to check on her, picked up the phone to call the police. Soon, Gina's boyfriend redirected his fury. It wasn't until he turned his attention from Gina and began beating Shawna with the phone that it clicked.
Nice, neat things make me nervous. I'm almost relieved the first time a pristine pair of shoes gets a scuff or there's a ding on the bumper of a new car. I'm no longer responsible for maintaining this object in a perfect state, and somehow through the rupture of it, it's finally marked as mine. Cookbooks definitely fall into that category for me. The more one speaks to me, the more I'll crack it open, weight it down to splay the relevant pages, and muck up the pages in the frenzy of cooking from it. My most beloved are my most battle-scarred.
If your New Year's resolution involved being more adventurous in the kitchen, hold on to your toques -- Charles Phan is opening up his highly anticipated first cookbook, "Vietnamese Home Cooking," for you courageous, budding culinarians. Phan is the acclaimed chef and owner of The Slanted Door, a modern Vietnamese restaurant in San Francisco, California.
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Digital health tech is a booming area at CES this year with 210 booths in the section reserved for health technology companies. It's a mixed bag of activity trackers, health insurance companies, smart scales, disease management tools and sports gadgets. Here are some ways health tech is helping people now:
Melissa Earll owns stacks of classic comic books, baseball cards that include a young Hank Aaron and Whitey Ford and other collectibles she wants to sell. But she can't do so on eBay, she says. According to Earll, the popular auction site can't confirm her as a seller because she's deaf.
Future computer system could be your personal chef.
Cameras crash from 65,000 feet, videos survive