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Silver Linings

Hot on the heels of last night's indie-spirited Gotham Awards are today's nominations for Film Independent's 28th annual Independent Spirit Awards; the proverbial Oscars of Indie film.

In years past the Independent Spirit Award nominations have served as an indicator of future Oscar nominees, but we'll have to wait and see if that is the case for 2013, keeping in mind a few of the organization's key eligibility requirements: i.e. a film's budget cannot exceed $20 million and must have been made and distributed in America.

Check out the complete nominations list, announced by Anna Kendrick, Zoe Saldana and Common, after the jump!

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Whether she likes it or not, Jennifer Lawrence is quickly developing a reputation for being the most charming and talented young actress working in Hollywood right now. And she's earned that reputation in all the right ways - via her diverse choices in film roles, which in turn have earned her praise from the hard-to-please members of the Academy (see: her Best Actress Oscar nomination in 2011) and the approval from millions of equally critical fans of "The Hunger Games."

Now thanks to the buzz surrounding her latest movie, "The Silver Linings Playbook" the release of which expands in more theaters around the country today, Lawrence's name is once again being tossed around in conversations about the year's best onscreen performances. The best part about all of this is the fact that Lawrence, in addition to being an extremely gifted actress, is so darn likable. She doesn't take herself too seriously at all, even though her co-stars definitely do.

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If your Thanksgiving celebrations include paying a visit to the movie theater with a diverse range of relatives - lots of nieces, nephews and young cousins and such - the new release with the most family-friendly appeal is "Rise of the Guardians," an animated Dreamworks adventure that revolves around familiar fictitious heroes - even if they aren't blatantly labeled as such.

Based on William Joyce's "The Guardians of Childhood" book series, the film adaptation features an all-star voice cast including: Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Jude Law and Alec Baldwin. MTV News was lucky enough to catch up with Baldwin to chat about how this particular film lured him into voicing the very familiar but ambiguously-named character North (aka Santa Claus).

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If you like your movies set in the real world, with characters that are realistic and relatable human beings, then "Save the Date" is a movie for you. Directed by relative newcomer Michael Mohan and featuring a slew of very familiar faces and fan favorites (Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie, Martin Starr), the story revolves around a group of young people dealing with the real-life pressures and challenges involved with being in long-term relationships, familial and societal expectations and dealing with the wedding industrial complex.

MTV News is very lucky to have an exclusive first look at One AM Radio's "Accidents" music video from the soundtrack, as well as Mohan's thoughts about the making of the film and why everyone can relate to the story.

Learn more after the jump!

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Skyfall

Whether we like it or not Hollywood is in full-fledged awards season mode which, in addition to soon being inundated with "For Your Consideration" print ads and billboards, means that it's never too early for us to start making our own predictions about certain categories.

Hot on the heels of this week's buzzworthy first listen of Neil Flinn's original song for "The Hobbit," I'm dedicating my first prognosticating to one of my favorite and under-appreciated movie-related subjects: Best Original Song. Yes, more people should care about this category! Here are the tracks I hope get the attention they deserve in the next few months:

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Star Trek

It's not even Thanksgiving yet, but we already have some welcome early holiday cheer to celebrate thanks to an unexpected announcement from Paramount: a special preview of footage from "Star Trek Into Darkness" will be screened at select theaters on December 14.

That's right, in less than one month we're finally going to get a look at more than three frames of J.J. Abrams' highly-anticipated sequel, thanks to a nine-minute preview to be held at 500 digital IMAX theaters all over the country.

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World War Z

Zombies are so hot right now. And lest we be worried about an over-saturation of the undead walkers in pop culture at the moment, we're still psyched about Brad Pitt's foray into the genre with "World War Z."

Thankfully, there's a new trailer and "Entertainment Weekly" has a brand new photo from the film to tide us over until we get to see more of the zombie hoards hunting our hero Pitt.

Check out the photo and the trailer for "World War Z" after the jump!

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Ben Whishaw

By all accounts from early reviews of and reactions to "Skyfall," the film is a must-see, whether you're a Bond fan or not. The most intriguing elements of this installment are its completely original story, director Sam Mendes and a nice new crop of actors filling out the film's supporting ranks.

One of those actors is the extremely talented (and in my opinion criminally underrated) Ben Whishaw, who plays an updated version of the iconic Bond tech geek Q. MTV News was lucky enough to get some chat time with the likable Brit during a recent press day for his other recent film, "Cloud Atlas," during which we discussed his future in the franchise. As you'll see in the video below, there was also a hilarious digression due to the interruption by his "Atlas" co-star James D'Arcy, who wanted to know all about Bond gadgetry.

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star wars

How about that Disney/"Star Wars" news, eh? It's like the shot heard 'round the galaxy right now, given the magnitude of the announcement and the reactions to the news. We're thinking it ranks pretty high on the Nerd News Richter Scale, which got us thinking about other memorable moments in geeky history, along with the moments we wish would register on that scale.

Here are the top 10 events (several of which are real and several on our wish list) that register on our Nerd News Richter.

9.0 Disney Buys Marvel: Up until yesterday's announcement, the 2009 shocker that Disney had acquired Marvel was the most interesting aquisition news to come along in quite some time.

7.2 Ridley Scott Returns to "Alien": The most devout "Alien" fans could not allow themselves to be fully excited for the long-rumored reboot/return to the franchise until Fox made the announcement that Scott was at the helm."

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Hansel

No matter your initial thoughts or skepticism about "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," the early promotion and teaser trailers have done a good job in selling the film's bottom line, which seems to be a blend of fantasy, action and a little camp thrown in for good measure.

Monday's premiere of the film's red band trailer further sells that point in emphasizing the fact that the heroic siblings we all know from the classic fairy tale have grown up to be relentless, kick-ass witch assassins. Take Jeremy Renner's voiceover as Hansel for instance, he starts things off by bragging about their chosen profession and then playfully throws it in the audience's face, "We kill witches. What do you do?"

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