December 15th, 2009
12:22 PM ET

Golden Globes: five to "Nine"

It turns out five is the magic number for "Nine" director Rob Marshall.  His big-budget, big-set, big-cast musical earned nods for best original song, best supporting actress in a musical or comedy for Penelope Cruz, best actress in a musical or comedy for Marion Cotillard, best actor in a musical or comedy for Daniel Day-Lewis, and best director for Marshall.  Here's what the director and the star had to say in reaction to their honors:

"We're so thrilled to be included in such a varied and exciting year for film.  I am incredibly proud of this extraordinary cast and the amazing amount of dedication and passion they gave.  Working with all of them was pure joy for me." – Rob Marshall

"A hearty thank you to the members of the HFPA.  I am delighted and very grateful to be included.  Congratulations to all fellow nominees and eternal thanks to Rob Marshall." – Daniel Day-Lewis

December 15th, 2009
12:11 PM ET

Golden Globe nominees react

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Award nominations were announced in Beverly Hills early this morning.  Many of the regular suspects were in the mix.  Meryl Streep will go head to head with herself in the best actress musical or comedy category for her performances in “Julie & Julia” and “It’s Complicated.”  Clint Eastwood is in there for directing “Invictus,” as are its stars Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.  Freeman, who stars as South African President Nelson Mandela, reacted to his nomination saying “Playing Mandela was the greatest honor of my career, and I hope that I have done him proud.”  It was a bit of a surprise that the film itself was not nominated for a best picture prize.

Perhaps less of a shock was a nod for “Up” in the best animated film category. The movie is the latest in a long line of Disney/Pixar films to accomplish the feat.  It’s been a very good year for the folks behind the adventurous tale. “Up” is the third highest grossing film of the year with $293 million at the domestic box office. The film’s director, Pete Docter, released this statement shortly after his film was recognized: “This is a humbling, happy year-end moment for us.”

We’ll share many more happy moments here at CNN.com as we continue to bring you more 67th Annual Golden Globe Award nominee reactions.

December 15th, 2009
11:53 AM ET

John Mayer: I'm taking a break from dating

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He has dated some of the most well-known starlets in Hollywood, among them, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Simpson, but John Mayer has had enough of the ladies, for now at least.

The serial dating singer told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, in an episode airing today, that he is going on a romantic hiatus.

“Yeah, I'm a little freaked out about dating," Mayer says. "So, I'm just going to let time pass and just do my thing."

Mayer admits to Ellen that he has fallen into the trap of dating women who have been more famous for much longer than he has.

"For some reason who ever I date has been famous for a while. I can't sit here and be like, 'Oh, please let me live my life in private with this famous person who's been around for 15 years,' " he says. "The last thing you want is to see me doing is bashing my head going, 'I'm shocked, that I'm being followed right now.' ... I'm just going to hunker down.”

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