By LISA GUTIERREZ
The Kansas City Star
That loud buzzing noise youre hearing this week is from bloggers who watched a secret screening of Lincoln at the New York Film Festival.
Steven Spielbergs biopic of our 16th president moved The Hollywood Reporters 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 Fondas 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 childrens 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 childrens 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 thats been great for her, very excited about that, he says. Just making sure shes all taken care of, thats my No. 1 job.
Return of the Bear
Anyone else tired of reality TV shows that test peoples 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 shes no stick-figure lollipop.
Im so tired of the lollipops, she complains in the November issue of British Vogue. I mean, if I looked like that I wouldnt be tired of it, obviously. But its hilarious, the way Im 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, Cmon! Im 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 email@example.com.