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Emma Stone Has History of Panic Attacks

Emma Stone stars in the upcoming "The Amazing Spiderman." Columbia Pictures(NEW YORK) -- She may have played plucky, outgoing heroines in The Help and Crazy, Stupid Love, but Emma Stone recently revealed that as a child she was something of a recluse because of panic attacks.

Stone, who covers the July issue of Vogue, tells the magazine that she began having panic attacks at age 8.

“I was just kind of immobilized by it,” she explains. “I didn’t want to go to my friends’ houses or hang out with anybody, and nobody really understood.”

Her parents found her a therapist, but it was getting involved in improv comedy at age 11 that changed her life forever.

“It gave me a sense of purpose. I wanted to make people laugh,” she explains. “Comedy was my sport. It taught me how to roll with the punches. Failure is the exact same as success when it comes to comedy because it just keeps coming. It never stops.”

By age 14, Stone had created a PowerPoint presentation to convince her parents to let her drop out of high school and start auditioning for roles. It worked.

Now, when Stone, 23, gets the occasional panic attack, she tries to channel her feelings. Recently, while filming of The Amazing Spider-Man, she put her focus into baking.

“I think I felt really out of control of my surroundings,” she tells Vogue. “I was just baking all the time. It seemed like it made me feel, if I put these in, I’ll know what the outcome is.”

Though she didn’t talk about her relationship with Spider-Man co-star and now-boyfriend Andrew Garfield, 28, she had plenty of good things to say about his acting.

“As an actor, I learned a lot from working with Andrew, in terms of his approach and the way he works,” she says of The Social Network star. “He’s incredibly giving.”

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Oscars 2012: Too Close to Call?

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Blame it on the expanded best picture race, on the films themselves or on the guilds that honored a variety of movies: This year's Oscar race is still too close to call in some categories.

"There is a little tension going into Sunday," Yahoo! Movies contributing editor Thelma Adams told "I know who I should be saying is in the lead, and then I think there is still a little bit of mystery left."

ABC News' Oscars Stock Market Index, a collaboration with Bluefin Labs, which provides a real-time snapshot of social sentiment, what's trending and the collective assessment of entertainment industry experts, shows just how much uncertainty there is going into Sunday's ceremony.

At the final guild awards before Sunday's Oscars ceremony, The Descendants and Midnight in Paris got a boost but not the presumed front-runner The Artist.

The black-and-white, mostly silent homage to the era before "talkies" was excluded from last Sunday's Writer's Guild Awards because its writers are French. Instead, Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, another film set in the 1920s, won for best original screenplay, while The Descendants earned the trophy for best adapted screenplay.

Earlier in the year, the producers guild gave The Artist their top prize, while the film's director, Michel Hazanavicius, was hailed as the year's best by the directors guild.

On ABC News' Oscars Stock Market Index, Hazanavicius overtook Alexander Payne who directed The Descendants and Martin Scorsese who directed Hugo as of 7 a.m.

Also on the index, Descendants star George Clooney seemed to be hanging on to the lead in the best actor category, with Jean Dujardin from The Artist coming in a close second.

Clooney's pal Brad Pitt who starred in Moneyball followed behind in third place.

"These front races are so close," Adams said, "there is a little wiggle room."

Iron Lady Meryl Streep was keeping her lock on the best actress race, but Viola Davis, star of The Help, and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara were closing the gap.

"The issue is how much people love The Help versus The Iron Lady," Adams said, believing the race is between Davis and Streep.

Supporting actor Christopher Plummer and supporting actress Octavia Spencer were still holding onto the lead in their respective categories on the index.

Ultimately, the winners will be decided by the nearly 6,000 Academy members, which, according to a recent report by the Los Angeles Times, are overwhelmingly white and male, with a median age of 62.

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'The Help' Earns Three Awards at NAACP Image Awards

Eric Charbonneau/WireImag(LOS ANGELES) -- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer each collected another award Friday night for their performances in The Help. At the 43rd NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, Davis was named outstanding actress in a motion picture, and Spencer received the supporting actress prize.

The Help
, the story of African-American maids working in 1960s Mississippi, also earned the title of outstanding motion picture. It had entered the ceremony with a leading eight nominations.

Davis and Spencer have won several awards for their roles in The Help, and they have a strong chance of picking up an Oscar this weekend for best actress and best supporting actress, respectively. The Help is a contender in the Oscars' best-picture category.

Tyler Perry's House of Payne and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit received the NAACP honors for best TV comedy and best TV drama, respectively.

The ceremony, which celebrates outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, also paid tribute to Whitney Houston, with a live rendition by gospel singer Yolanda Adams of "I Love the Lord, He Heard My Cry." Whitney performed that hymn in the 1996 movie The Preacher's Wife.

On the red carpet, actress Alfre Woodard was among the celebrities who remembered the late singer, saying, "She is still Cissy Houston's girl and she's Bobbi Kristina's mom and, you know, I'm not thinking of her as an icon. I'm thinking about her as somebody's daughter."

The full list of winners can be found at Here are the winners in the notable movie and TV categories:

Outstanding Motion Picture
The Help

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Laz Alonso, Jumping the Broom

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Viola Davis, The Help

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Mike Epps, Jumping the Broom

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Outstanding Comedy Series
Tyler Perry's House of Payne, TBS

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Reed Between the Lines, BET

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tracee Ellis Ross, Reed Between the Lines, BET

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nick Cannon, Up All Night, NBC

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Keshia Knight Pulliam, Tyler Perry's House of Payne, TBS

Outstanding Drama Series
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NBC

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
L.L. Cool J, NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Regina King, SouthLAnd, TNT

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
James Pickens, Jr., Grey's Anatomy, ABC

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife, CBS

Outstanding Talk Series
Oprah's Lifeclass, Oprah Winfrey Network

Outstanding Reality Series
Dancing with the Stars, ABC

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New Roles for 'The Help' 

Steve Granitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Three Oscar-nominated actresses from The Help have landed new roles. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Viola Davis has been cast in Beautiful Creatures, about a teen boy drawn to a mysterious girl in a Southern town. The project is based on the book series of the same name by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. According to Variety, Davis will also star in a futuristic alien-invasion drama titled Ender's Game.

The Hollywood Reporter says Octavia Spencer will appear in a sci-fi flick titled Snow Piercer, about a revolution on a train in a futuristic world where a new Ice Age has destroyed virtually all life on the planet. Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans will also star in the film.

Finally, Jessica Chastain will join Warrior actor Joel Edgerton in a double feature, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers, exploring the lives of a New York City couple as they struggle with their marriage. Each film will tell the story from a different perspective.

Davis is a strong contender in the best-actress Oscar race for her performance in The Help, while Spencer and Chastain will oppose one another in the best-supporting-actress category.

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'The Help' Earns Leading Eight Nods for NAACP Image Awards

Eric Charbonneau/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- The Help is the leading nominee for this year's NAACP Image Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts.

The Help, which revolves around African-American maids in 1960s Mississippi, earned eight nominations on Thursday, including in the outstanding motion picture category.

ABC's Grey's Anatomy and the BET comedy The Game are the top TV nominees, with six nods apiece.


The 43rd NAACP Image Awards will air on NBC on Feb. 17.

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'The Help,' 'Modern Family' Lead Screen Actors Guild Nominations

ABC/COLLEEN HAYES(LOS ANGELES) -- The Help and ABC's Modern Family lead the nominations for the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, announced Wednesday morning live on TNT.

The Help -- the movie about African American maids in the South in the 1960s who band together to tell their story to a sympathetic white writer -- scored four nominations, the most for a movie, while Modern Family got five, the most for a TV series.  The nominees were announced by Southland star Regina King and Judy Greer, star of The Descendants.

The SAG awards are the only awards that honor acting only. Historically, a significant number of actors who receive SAG nominations go on to receive Academy Award nominations.

The SAG Awards will air on Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. ET on both TNT and TBS.

Here are the nominees:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Michelle Week, My Week with Marilyn

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Armie Hammer, J. Edgar
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melisa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octabia Spencer, The Help

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Artist
The Descendants
The Help
Midnight in Paris

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Patrick J. Adams, Suits
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Kathy Bates, Harry's Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Steve Carrell, The Office
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Sophia Vergara, Modern Family
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Game of Thrones
Breaking Bad
Boardwalk Empire
The Good Wife

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
The Office

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood
Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail
Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys
James Woods, Too Big to Fail
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
Betty White, The Lost Valentine
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

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'The Help' Tops Box Office for Third Straight Weekend

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Help cruised to another box office victory over the Labor Day weekend.  The drama earned an estimated $19 million from Friday through Monday to claim the top spot for the third weekend in a row.

The Debt was the runner-up, raising $12.6 million over the four-day holiday weekend.  The Helen Mirren thriller opened last Wednesday.  Apollo 18 premiered in third place, with $10.7 million, and Shark Night 3D debuted in the fourth spot, with $10.3 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Monday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. The Help, $19 million.
2. The Debt, $12.6 million.
3. Apollo 18, $10.7 million.
4. Shark Night 3D, $10.3 million.
5. Rise of the Planet of the Apes, $10.25 million.
6. Colombiana, $9.4 million.
7. Our Idiot Brother, $7 million.
8. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, $6.6 million.
9. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, $6.1 million.
10. The Smurfs, $5.6 million.

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Hurricane Irene Puts Damper on Box Office, 'The Help' Finishes Top

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Hurricane Irene battered the north eastern part of the U.S. over the weekend, and in the process also dealt a blow to the box office numbers, as movie lovers were forced to stay indoors.

The Help managed to top the weekend box office numbers, garnering and estimated $14.3 million in its third week.

Coming in second, was Columbiana, which opened with an estimated take of $10.3 million.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($9 million), Don't Be Afraid of the Dark ($8.7 million) and Our Idiot Brother ($6.6 million) round out the weekend's top five at the box office, in that order.

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'The Help' Wins No. 1 Spot in Weekend Box Office

Eric Charbonneau/WireImage/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Moviegoers flocked to see The Help this weekend.

The film about Southern black maids took over the number-one spot with 20.5 million dollars. It bumped Rise of the Planet of the Apes to the number-two spot.

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'The Help' Opens Nationwide Wednesday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The big-screen adaptation of the best-selling Kathryn Stockett novel The Help opens nationwide Wednesday.

The film stars Emma Stone as a 22-year-old aspiring writer who grows close to an African-American maid and the maid's best friend in 1960s Mississippi.  The movie also stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, and Sissy Spacek.

The Help is rated PG-13.

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