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Stargazing | Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ leads early Oscar buzz

Updated: 2012-10-11T03:04:20Z


The Kansas City Star


That loud buzzing noise you’re hearing this week is from bloggers who watched a secret screening of “Lincoln” at the New York Film Festival.

Steven Spielberg’s biopic of our 16th president moved The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg to write that the film “appears to be Oscar-bait incarnate.”

Daniel Day-Lewis’ portrayal of Lincoln, Feinberg writes, is “every bit as great as Henry Fonda’s iconic portrayal in ‘Young Mr. Lincoln’ (1939), and in many ways better.”

Eric Ohn, film critic at Indiewire, wrote: “There are enough bearded men yelling at each other in ‘Lincoln’ to make ‘Amistad’ look like a John Woo film.”

A mouse in space

Astronaut Mark Kelly has written a children’s book about one of his fellow space travelers who was quite fond of cheese.

On one mission, the space shuttle pilot was charged with looking after a group of research mice. Most of the mice were terrified, gripping their cage with their little paws. But one brave little guy flew around in zero-gravity with abandon, quite enjoying the ride. That mouse inspired Kelly to write “Mousetronaut.”

“Why a children’s book? Because education is the most important thing I think we do in this country,” he told Fox News.

Kelly retired from NASA last October, just months after an assassination attempt on his wife, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

“We just moved back to Tucson, so that’s been great for her, very excited about that,” he says. “Just making sure she’s all taken care of, that’s my No. 1 job.”

Return of the Bear

Anyone else tired of reality TV shows that test people’s survival skills in the wilderness? Our hand is raised. But Bear Grylls is having another go at it. The former “Man vs. Wild” star will host an NBC reality series next summer called “Get Out Alive,” which he promises will bring lots of pain for competitors but also “teach the essentials that one day may just save your life.”

Who you callin’ curvy?

“The Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence might be one of the sweetest leading ladies in Hollywood, but she’s no stick-figure “lollipop.”

“I’m so tired of the lollipops,” she complains in the November issue of British Vogue. “I mean, if I looked like that I wouldn’t be tired of it, obviously. But it’s hilarious, the way I’m supposedly the overweight one?

“Like, they got me at the movies yesterday and the caption read something like ‘Curvy star cannot wait to dig into tub of popcorn.’ I mean, C’mon! I’m just a normal girl who likes to eat.”

Stargazer Lisa Gutierrez is no “lollipop” either, but is a real sucker for a tub of popcorn. To reach her, call 816-234-4987 or send email to

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