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Hollywood Expands Theater Screenings for Oscar Contenders

Ryan McVay/Photodisc(LOS ANGELES) -- Good news for moviegoers who haven’t seen many of the films nominated for an Academy Award.  The Hollywood Reporter says several studios have announced plans to expand the number of theaters showing their Oscar contenders. 

The Fox Searchlight film The Descendants, will move into 1,700 theaters on Friday, up from the current 650. Paramount, the studio behind Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, will add nearly 300 theaters Friday, upping the total to 944.

The Artist had been screening in 216 theaters before being boosted to 662 on the eve of the Golden Globes ceremony.  In the wake of its Oscar nominations, several hundred more theaters will be added this Friday.

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Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen Snag Directors Guild Award Nods

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen earned nominations Monday for the top prize at the upcoming Directors Guild of America Awards.

Scorsese received a nod for Hugo, and Allen is in the running for his work on Midnight in Paris.  The other nominees are David Fincher, for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Alexander Payne, for The Descendants; and Michel Hazanavicius, for The Artist.

Absent from the list is Steven Spielberg; he most recently directed The Adventures of Tintin and likely Oscar contender War Horse.

The DGA award for outstanding directorial achievement in a feature film is considered to be a reliable predictor of who will win the Academy Award for best director.  Only six times since the DGA Awards began in 1948 has its feature film winner not gone on to win the best-director Oscar later in the year.

The TV nominees will be announced on Tuesday.  The 64th Annual DGA Awards, hosted by Kelsey Grammer, will be held in Beverly Hills on Jan. 28.

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'Hugo,' 'The Artist' Lead Nominees for Critics' Choice Movie Awards

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Martin Scorsese's Hugo and the silent film The Artist each earned a leading 11 nominations Tuesday for the 2012 Critics' Choice Movie Awards.  Both are contenders in the best picture category, which has 10 nominees in all.

Notable names who received acting nods include George Clooney for The Descendants, Leonardo DiCaprio for J. Edgar, Brad Pitt for Moneyball, and Meryl Streep for her portrayal as Margaret Thatcher film The Iron Lady.

[Click here to see the full list of nominees]

The 17th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards, presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, will air live from Hollywood Jan. 12 on VH1.

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'The Muppets,' 'Arthur Christmas,' 'Hugo' Open Wednesday

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Three new movies open nationwide Wednesday, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  Here's a closer look:

-- The Muppets: Jason Segel, who co-wrote the screenplay for the film, plays Gary, who joins his Muppet brother, Walter, and his girlfriend, Amy Adams' Mary, in a quest to raise enough money to save the Muppet Theater from being demolished.  Chris Cooper and Rashida Jones, plus Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and their Muppet friends, star.  Rated PG.  [Click here to read a review]

-- Arthur Christmas: After Santa Claus forgets to deliver a gift to one child, his son embarks on a journey to correct the mistake before Christmas morning arrives.  James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent and Bill Nighy lend their voices to the animated film, which is screening in 3D.  Rated PG.

-- Hugo: Set in 1930s Paris, the story focuses on an orphaned boy who lives in the walls of a train station and tries to unlock the secret of a broken automaton left behind by his late father.  Asa Butterfield, Jude Law, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen also star in the Martin Scorsese-directed film, which is screening in 3D.  Rated PG.

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