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January 16th, 2014
05:39 PM ET

Who should win an Oscar?

(CNN) –"12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle" were among the leaders Thursday for the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards.

Critics say this has been an unusually great year for films, but who deserves that little gold man? New York Times movie critic A.O. Scott shares his picks for best actress, actor, and movie.

Who got nominated for what? Check out CNN's Movie Award Tracker

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January 16th, 2014
05:33 PM ET

Psychiatrist: New tape does not show red flags for Newtown shooter

(CNN) -  Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza may have called a radio show nearly a year before his rampage, drawing parallels between a Connecticut chimpanzee that mauled a woman in 2009 and a "teenage mall shooter or something like that," according to a report published Thursday in the New York Daily News.

"You would not listen to this and say, this is a red flag, I'm concerned this person would commit violence," said psychiatrist Gail Saltz, author of "Anatomy of a Secret Life."

"Even psychiatrists who have patients in their office who would say something like this can't necessarily predict who will actually go on to commit a violent act, because the vast majority of them will not," said Saltz.

For more of our interview with psychiatrist Gail Saltz, check out the video above.

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January 16th, 2014
05:27 PM ET

Ewan McGregor dishes on acting with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, and future Star Wars projects

(CNN) - Actresses Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts received Oscar nods for their roles in "August: Osage County," a film featuring a famous ensemble cast with Juliette Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch, and the lucky man that gets to play Julia Roberts' husband: Ewan McGregor.

So what's it like to be cheating on America's sweetheart?

"That was the writing I got given to play, you know, so that wasn't my choice," McGregor said with a laugh.

Check out more of our interview with actor Ewan McGregor in the video above.

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January 16th, 2014
05:01 PM ET

Essay: A week full of shootings

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper and Dan Donahue

(CNN) - The nation was less than two weeks into the new year before gun violence once again shattered the image of safety that many Americans simply take for granted in public places.
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January 16th, 2014
03:07 PM ET

Web exclusive: Actor Ewan McGregor: Singing 'is a ballsy thing to do'

(CNN) - Actor Ewan McGregor has singing chops - fans will remember his role in the musicals "Moulin Rouge," and "Here's to Love." More recently, he sang at a charity event for UNICEF alongside singer Robbie Williams.

"I love it," says McGregor. "It's a rare thing that you get asked to sing, and it's just quite a ballsy thing to do, there's a great deal of courage involved getting up to sing live."

The "August: Osage County" star said he would welcome more opportunities to sing for the big screen, he recently starred in a stage production of the musical "Guys and Dolls" in London.

"It's a great, freeing thing to sing, I love it," said McGregor.

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