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Friday
Jan062012

Director of ‘The Fighter’ Accused of Groping Transgender Niece’s Breasts

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(BROWARD COUNTY, Fla.) -- An investigation has been launched into an allegation made against Oscar-nominated director David O. Russell by his 19-year-old transgender niece.

Russell, the director of The Fighter, is accused of allegedly touching the breasts of his niece, who was born male and is in a preoperative phase of her transition, TMZ reported Thursday.

According to the TMZ, Russell had joined the niece for a workout at a South Florida hotel gym on Dec. 30 and was asking questions about her breasts and the effect of hormones she’s taking to enlarge them when he touched them.

According to a police report filed three days after the incident, the niece told authorities she felt “uncomfortable,” but admitted she “did not ask him to stop at any time.”

According to the police report, when Russell was contacted by investigators, he confirmed he did touch his niece’s breasts but only after she had given him permission.

A police officer noted in the report that Russell stated his niece “is always causing drama since the transgender transformation and has become very provocative and seductive.”

The Broward County Sheriff’s Department told TMZ the case is currently under investigation and authorities plan to re-interview both parties.  Reps for Russell have not been available for comment.

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Sunday
Feb272011

Academy Awards 2011: List of Oscar Nominations

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The 83rd annual Academy Awards show is Sunday night at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. Here are the nominees in the major categories:

Best Picture

The Fighter
The King's Speech
Black Swan
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
The Kids Are All Right
Inception
127 Hours
Winter's Bone

Best Actor
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
James Franco, 127 Hours
Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Jeff Bridges, True Grit

Best Actress
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Fighter
John Hawkes, Winter's Bone
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech

Best Supporting Actress

Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Director
Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
David Fincher, The Social Network
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Coen Brothers, True Grit
David O. Russell, The Fighter

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Social Network
127 Hours
True Grit
Toy Story 3
Winter's Bone


Best Original Screenplay

Inception
The Fighter
The King's Speech
The Kids Are All Right
Another Year


Best Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 3
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist


Best Foreign Language Film
Biutiful
Dogtooth
In a Better World
Incendies
Outside the Law


Best Original Score

The Social Network
How to Train Your Dragon
Inception
The King's Speech
127 Hours


Best Original Song
"Coming Home," from Country Strong
"I See the Light," from Tangled
"If I Rise," from 127 Hours
"We Belong Together," from Toy Story 3

Best Sound Mixing
Inception
The King's Speech
Salt
The Social Network
True Grit


Best Sound Editing

Inception
Toy Story 3
Tron: Legacy
True Grit
Unstoppable


Best Art Direction

Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
Inception
The King's Speech
True Grit


Best Cinematography
Black Swan
Inception
The King's Speech
The Social Network
True Grit


Best Visual Effects
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
Hereafter
Inception
Iron Man 2


Best Film Editing
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King's Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network


Best Costumes
Alice in Wonderland
I Am Love
The King's Speech
The Tempest
True Grit


Best Makeup

The Way Back
The Wolfman

Best Documentary Feature
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Gasland
Inside Job
Restrepo
Waste Land


Best Documentary (Short Subject)
Killing in the Name
Poster Girl
Strangers No More
Sun Come Up
The Warriors of Qiugang


Best Animated Short Film
Day & Night
The Gruffalo
Let's Pollute
The Lost Thing
Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage


Best Live Action Short Film
The Confession
The Crush
God of Love
Na Wewe
Wish 143


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Monday
Jan312011

'The King's Speech,' 'The Fighter' Among Top Winners at SAG Awards

Photo Courtesy - The Weinstein Company(LOS ANGELES) -- The King's Speech ruled the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The film won two awards, including the top prize, outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.  Colin Firth received an outstanding male actor award for his performance in the film, which has quickly made a strong case to win the best picture Oscar.

Black Swan actress Natalie Portman and The Fighter co-stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leo were also honored.

On the TV side, ABC's Modern Family and HBO's Boardwalk Empire won the awards for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy and drama, respectively.  To her surprise, 89-year-old Betty White was recognized as the top female actor in a comedy series for Hot in Cleveland.

Boardwalk Empire's Steve Buscemi, 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin, The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies, You Don't Know Jack's Al Pacino and Temple Grandin's Claire Danes were also winners in the TV acting categories.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jan282011

Screen Actors Guild Awards to Be Presented Sunday

Photo Courtesy - Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The Screen Actors Guild Awards, honoring the best performances by film and TV actors in the past year, will be held this Sunday at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles.

The Fighter and The King's Speech each have four nominations to lead all films.  ABC's Modern Family is the most-nominated television show, with four nods.

It was announced Thursday that Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Renner, Jason Bateman, Jon Hamm, Sofia Vergara and Robin Wright will present at the SAG Awards, joining a list that already included Alec Baldwin, Jeff Bridges, Eva Longoria, Hilary Swank, Betty White and many other stars.

The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will air live in all time zones on TBS and TNT, beginning 8 p.m. Eastern time.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jan252011

'The King's Speech' Leads Oscar Nominations

Colin Firth as King George VI in "The King's Speech." Photo Courtesy - The Weinstein Company/Momentum Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- It'll be a showdown between the veddy British and the very American at this year's Oscars.

The King's Speech, the true story of how England's King George VI overcame his stutter, leads all nominees for the Academy Award with 12 nods, but True Grit, the Coen Brothers' re-imagining of the classic Western, is close behind with 10 nods.  Inception and The Social Network each have eight nods, and The Fighter earned seven.

Here are the nominations in the top categories:

Best Picture
The Fighter
The King's Speech
Black Swan
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
The Kids Are All Right
Inception
127 Hours
Winter's Bone


Best Actor
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
James Franco, 127 Hours
Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Jeff Bridges, True Grit

Best Actress
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Fighter
John Hawks, Winter's Bone
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jackie Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Director
Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
David Fincher, The Social Network
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Coen Brothers, True Grit
David O. Russell, The Fighter

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jan172011

'The Social Network' and First-Time Winners Dominate Golden Globes

Photo Courtesy - Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- Award shows can sometimes become set in their ways when it comes to honoring the same folks year after year, but that wasn't the case at Sunday night's 68th annual Golden Globe Awards.

First-time winners dominated in many of the categories, among them Christian Bale and Melissa Leo for The Fighter; Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch for Glee, as well as the show itself; Boardwalk Empire and its star, Steve Buscemi; Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory; and Katey Sagal for Sons of Anarchy.  Nine Inch Nails rocker Trent Reznor also won his first Golden Globe for Best Original Score for The Social Network.

The Social Network was the night's big winner, scooping four prizes, including Best Drama and Best Director for David Fincher.  But the movie, about the founding of Facebook, didn't score any acting prizes.  The big winners there were Colin Firth and Natalie Portman, Best Actor and Actress in a Drama respectively, for The King's Speech and Black Swan, and Annette Bening and Paul Giamatti, Best Actress and Actor in a Comedy or Musical respectively, for The Kids are All Right and Barney's Version.

The Kids are All Right was also named Best Comedy or Musical Film, while Toy Story 3 was named Best Animated Feature.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Dec172010

'TRON: Legacy,' 'The Fighter,' 'Yogi Bear' Open Nationwide in Theaters

Photo Courtesy - Walt Disney Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

* TRON: Legacy -- Jeff Bridges reprises the role he originated in the 1982 film TRON, that of video game developer Kevin Flynn.  He's lost in a digital universe, and it's up to his 27-year-old son to find him.  Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde also star.  The film is screening in 3D and is rated PG.

* Yogi Bear -- Dan Aykroyd voices the beloved cartoon bear, who tries to save Jellystone Park from shutting down.  Justin Timberlake lends his voice to Yogi's sidekick, Boo-Boo.  Anna Faris and Tom Cavanagh also star. The film is screening in 3D and is rated PG.

* How Do You Know -- Reese Witherspoon's Lisa is stuck in a love triangle with a pro baseball pitcher she's dating and a businessman that also interests her.  Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson also star in the PG-13 rated film.

* The Fighter -- Mark Wahlberg portrays real-life boxer "Irish" Micky Ward, who overcomes family struggles to earn a shot at the world championship.  Christian Bale co-stars as fellow boxer and Ward's troubled half-brother, Dicky Eklund, while Amy Adams plays Ward's girlfriend.  The Golden Globe-nominated drama is rated R.

And expanding into wide release:

* Black Swan -- The critically acclaimed thriller stars Natalie Portman as a ballerina descending into madness.  Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Vincent Cassel, and Barbara Hershey also star in the Golden Globe-nominated film.  The film is rated R.

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Thursday
Dec162010

'The Fighter,' 'The King's Speech,' 'Modern Family' Lead SAG Nods

Photo Courtesy - Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The Fighter and The King's Speech are the top nominees for this year's Screen Actors Guild Awards, announced Thursday morning by Rosario Dawson and Angie Harmon on TNT.  The two films each received four nods each.

On the TV side, ABC's Modern Family led the way with four nods.  

The SAG awards are the only awards that honor nothing but acting.  Historically, a significant number of actors who receive SAG nominations go on to receive Academy Award nominations.  The SAG Awards will air Jan. 30 on both TNT and TBS.

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