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'The Fighter' Inspiration Micky Ward Opens Up About His Childhood Sexual Abuse

May 30th, 2012 8:24am EDT
Micky Ward
The real life boxer played by Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter was sexually abused as a child.

Sporting legend 'Irish' Micky Ward, whose life story was the basis for Wahlberg's Oscar-winning movie, kept the devastating secret from his friends and family for many years, but has now opened up about the traumatic experience in his new autobiography.

Ward claims he was abused between the ages of nine and 12 by a man who was 10 years older than him, telling New York Post gossip column Page Six, "He never asked me to do anything to him, but rather I was always on the receiving end of his advances...
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Mark Walhberg Takes His Kids To Watch Tattoo Removal

February 20th, 2012 8:23am EST
Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg took his children to observe his tattoo removal session in a bid to dissuade them from indulging in body art.

The Departed star decided to get rid of his "six or seven" inkings before he started shooting boxing movie The Fighter in 2010 to avoid sitting in the make-up chair for hours having them covered them up.

The actor decided to take his two eldest children along with him to watch the painful removal process in a bid to make sure they stay away from tattoos in the future.

He tells the Today show, "(All the tattoos) have meaning to me, but it's both personal and profe...
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Fans Pick Their Favortie Sports Film: 'Rocky'

November 26th, 2011 5:00pm EST
Rocky
"Rocky" has fought off competition from "Cool Runnings" and "Million Dollar Baby" to be named the U.K.'s favorite sports film.

Sylvester Stallone's 1976 movie about underdog boxer Rocky Balboa topped a poll by Lovefilm ahead of the 1993 comedy about the Jamaican Olympic bobsleigh team and Hilary Swank's Oscar-winning turn in Million Dollar Baby.

Lovefilm editor Helen Cowley says, "With the (2012 London) Olympics on their way... sport is a hot topic - from living room to locker room. Whether it is football favorites, bobsleighing blunders or boxing Balboas we love to watch sporting heroes ...
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Amy Adams Can't Decide On Wedding Date

November 15th, 2011 2:18pm EST
Amy Adams
Actress Amy Adams is keeping her husband-to-be waiting on a wedding because she can't decide on a date.

The Fighter star became engaged to Darren Legallo in July, 2008, and they've since become parents to daughter Aviana, who was born in May last year.

However, there's still no firm plans for the couple to become husband and wife.

Adams admits she has been working on a tentative schedule for her big day, but she can't finalize anything as she keeps changing her mind about her preferred date.

She tells InStyle magazine, "I'll say to Darren, 'What do you think of May?' and he'll say, ...
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Mark Wahlberg Ready To Fund 'Entourage' Movie?

July 30th, 2011 4:20pm EDT
Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg is willing to do anything to take his hit TV series Entourage to the big screen, insisting he'd front the money himself to see his dream come true.

The Fighter star serves as an executive producer on the popular comedy drama, which is loosely based on his own early experiences in Hollywood. Talk of an Entourage movie has been circulating for some time and the show's stars - Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jeremy Piven, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon - are all enthusiastic to reprise their characters for a movie version.

And Wahlberg has vowed to put up the cash himself if ...
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Amy Adams Is The New Lois Lane!

March 28th, 2011 7:53am EDT
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Oscar nominee Amy Adams will steal the heart of new Superman Henry Cavill after landing the role of Lois Lane in the upcoming reboot of the comic book franchise.

The Fighter star learned she would be putting on her reporter's hat on Sunday after receiving the good news from director Zack Snyder.

The filmmaker admits it was no easy task casting the highly-coveted part - but he knew Adams was the one from the moment he saw her.

He tells the Los Angeles Times, "There was a big, giant search for Lois. For us it was a big thing and obviously a really important role. We did a lot of auditio...
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Sugar Ray Leonard Says He Slipped In Fight With Dicky Ecklund

March 8th, 2011 8:36am EST
Sugar Ray Leonard
Boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard has attempted to put 33 years of in-fighting between himself and real-life "The Fighter" character Dicky Ecklund to rest - by revealing the truth about the end of their 1978 bout.

The boxing champ has rarely spoken about the fight, which he was expected to win early - but, after appearing as himself in Mark Wahlberg's boxing movie, he has decided it's time to address one of the boxing world's most-talked about moments.

Pundits still argue over whether Ecklund knocked the undefeated champ down in his first big fight, or whether Sugar Ray slipped in the ring a...
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2011 Oscars: Candid Backstage and Governors Ball Photos

February 28th, 2011 2:00pm EST
Natalie Portman backstage 83rd Annual Academy Awards Awards
For those of you that still haven't gotten your fill of the Oscars, here is one last look at the 83rd Academy Awards from backstage and at the after party from the Governors Ball where some 1500 guests attended. We would like to thank the Academy for supplying such great candid photos. Enjoy.

Natalie Portman, Oscar® winner for Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her role in “Black Swan” backstage during the live ABC Television Network broadcast of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards Awards® from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA Sunday, February 27, 2011.

Iain Canning (2nd f...
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'The King's Speech' Takes Best Picture at Oscars (Full List Of Winners)

February 28th, 2011 12:30am EST
The King's Speech
The King's Speech ruled over the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday, taking home four honors including Best Picture and Best Actor for the movie's star, Colin Firth.

The royal drama, about stuttering British monarch George VI, led the competition with 12 nominations going into this year's Oscars, and edged out the likes of Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception and The Social Network to claim the most coveted title of the night.

Firth was crowned Best Actor in a Leading Role, emerging triumphant over Javier Bardem (Biutiful), Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and James...
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Melissa Leo Curses On Air During Best Supporting Actress Oscar Speech

February 27th, 2011 10:02pm EST
Melissa Leo
Melissa Leo walked away with the first big prize at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, when she was named Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Fighter.

The 50-year-old star capped off her amazing 2011 awards season by triumphing over her Fighter co-star Amy Adams to claim Oscar gold. She also beat competition from Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom).

Accepting the honor from 94-year-old acting icon Kirk Douglas, Leo paid tribute to her movie co-stars Adams and Mark Wahlberg, and thanked her family for their...
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Academy Award Nominees Colin Firth, Annette Bening, Helena Bonham-Carter & Melissa Leo's W Screen Tests (Video)

February 27th, 2011 4:13pm EST
W Magazine
22 Oscar nominees, including The King's Speech star Colin Firth, The Kids Are All Right's Annette Bening, The Fighter's Melissa Leo and Helena Bohnam Carter (also The King's Speech), sat down for W Magazine editor Lynn Hirschberg in her EMMY and ASME-nominated Screen Test video series conducted with the periodical's usual monthly cover subject.

For the annual February "Movie Issue" this year's biggest nominees took part in the series and gave some interesting and revealing info about their parts in this year's biggest films.

Colin Firth recalls playing Jack Frost when he was only five y...
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And The Oscar Will (Probably) Go To...

February 27th, 2011 9:00am EST
The King's Speech
Oh, the pesky business of predicting Oscar winners. Depending on Academy voters’ moods, a pundit can come off as brilliant or dumb as a post. This seems to be an awfully predictable year – but be warned, that could mean upsets are in the air.

That said, here are my predictions for who will take home the gold at this Sunday’s Academy Awards in the major categories. I’ve devised my own odds system, which is completely made up; but, it does give a sense of how strongly I view the chances of each nominee.

What do you think? Am I way off base anywhere? Which categories are easiest to pred...
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Oscar Predictions: Who Will Win?

February 26th, 2011 8:35am EST
Black Swan | Photo Credits: Fox Searchlight
Will The King's Speech stage a royal flush at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards? Or will The Social Network prove to have the most friends in all the right Hollywood places? We'll find out Sunday, but for now, let's make some predictions. So put on your thinking caps, bust out your ballot, make your picks and compare them to ours below while we count down to the big night.

TV Guide Network's red carpet coverage begins Sunday at 5 ET/2 PT with Academy Awards Red Carpet Countdown, followed by Academy Awards Red Carpet with Chris Harrison at 6 ET/3 PT. The 83rd Annual Academy Awards start at 8:3...
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'OSCAR PICS' Two Jews On Film' Reveal Their Oscar Favorites (Video)

February 25th, 2011 10:15am EST
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As usual the 'Two Jews On Film' disagree on some of their Oscar picks..but the one thing we do agree on...2010 was a great year for movies.

The nominated films and performances inspired us, entertained us and in some cases enlightened us.

With 'The King's Speech', 'The Fighter' and '127 Hours' we felt what it takes to overcome obstacles.

In 'True Grit' we experienced once again The Coen Bros brilliant take on another genre. And of course there was that funny, insightful film ('The Kids Are Alright') that redefined what it is to be a family.

'Toy Story 3'...well that was Pixar at its ...
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Oscars Preview: 'King's Speech'… For the Win?!!

February 22nd, 2011 4:08pm EST
The King's Speech
Only a few weeks ago, it was all golden for David Fincher’s study of greed in our modern, technological world, The Social Network. It had taken the majority of the Oscar predicting awards for Best Picture (including the Golden Globe), and it seemed to be completely unbeatable in the upcoming finale to the awards season, the Oscars.

But then, The King’s Speech, the constant second place finisher to Social Network's champion, started winning everything. It began with the Producer’s Guild Award, which raised an eyebrow; but, I was willing to pass that off as older Hollywood showing preferenc...
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Academy Voter Liam Neeson has no Time to Watch Nominated Films

February 17th, 2011 10:25pm EST
Liam Neeson
Actor Liam Neeson has discovered a snag in the Oscars officials' decision to nominate 10 Best Films - busy voters like him don't have the time to watch all the movies in contention.

The Unknown star has been a member of the Academy for the last few years, and as such, receives screener copies of the films up for the top Oscar - but he never gets around to watching them.

He confesses, "There's just not enough hours in the day, so I personally voted for the past two years because I think it's not fair if I see two films and I don't see the other 40."

Click for more great Liam Neeso...
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'The Fighter' Comes To DVD, Blu-ray & VOD March 15

February 12th, 2011 7:00am EST
The Fighter
Directed by Academy Award® nominee David O. Russell, "The Fighter" has received seven Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale), Best Supporting Actress (Melissa Leo and Amy Adams), Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing.

The powerful, uplifting and remarkable (Wall Street Journal) film tells the story of working-class pugilist Irish Micky Ward (Wahlberg) and his against-all-odds triumph in the ring that united his fractured family and brought pride to his blue-collar hometown.

Bale portrays Ward’s troubled older brother,...
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Mark Wahlberg Showed his Kids the Bloody Reality of Tattoo Removal

February 8th, 2011 11:12pm EST
Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg is trying to scare his children off the idea of getting tattoos - the actor made his two eldest witness him undergo laser treatment to have his ink removed.

The star first went under the needle when he was just 11, but the one-time bad boy has since transformed himself into a family man and wants to remove his skin art in a bid to set a good example to his four kids.

He recently said, "I just don't want my kids to think tattoos are cool."

And Wahlberg admits he's taken to more extreme measures to ensure his daughter Ella, seven, and son Michael, three, are well aware of the...
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Inside The Interview Room At The Oscar Nominees Luncheon

February 8th, 2011 11:00am EST
Jeff Bridges
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sit with approximately fifty other journalists to interview the 83rd Annual Academy Award nominees at the annual Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton. It is a terrific opportunity for all of the honorees to celebrate their accomplishments in film for 2010 without the pressures of the red carpet, a global audience, and the fact that only one person will go home with that coveted Oscar statuette. The luncheon is a very private and supportive event where nominees individually receive a certificate honoring their nomination. The interview room is pretty...
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Melissa Leo Defends Posing For Saucy Oscars Ad

February 8th, 2011 10:16am EST
Melissa Leo
Actress Melissa Leo has defended posing for a provocative photograph to rally for Oscars votes, insisting the "awards process" is about "pimping yourself out."

The star is nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the upcoming ceremony, and is facing competition from her The Fighter co-star Amy Adams, Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom).

Leo donned a tight low-cut black dress to pose for a sexy promo shot, which ran in a number of Hollywood trade magazines and online with the tagline 'Consider' in a bid to gain votes ah...
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Mark Wahlberg: 'I Need To Get A Diploma Before My Kids Graduate!'

February 1st, 2011 8:41am EST
Mark Wahlberg
Actor Mark Wahlberg is heading back to school - he plans to hire a private tutor so he can complete his education.

The Fighter star endured a turbulent childhood, spiraling into drug addiction and spending time behind bars after dropping out of school in his teens.

However, despite going on to forge a hugely successful Hollywood career, Wahlberg still has ambitions to boost his academic ability.

He tells Britain's The Sun, "I need to get a diploma before my kids graduate! I definitely want to further my education. I've got a few years.'

"Somebody was on a plane with me recently and said...
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The Rite Leads Slow Box Office Weekend

January 31st, 2011 9:14am EST
The Rite
The exorcism thriller The Rite topped a slow weekend at the movies, Box Office Mojo reports.

The film starring Anthony Hopkins nabbed $15 million in its first week. Last week's No. 1, No Strings Attached, fell to second with an estimated $13.7 million.

No Strings Attached claims top spot at the box office

The weekend's other new film, The Mechanic starring Jason Statham, tied with...

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2011 SAG Awards List Of Winners

January 31st, 2011 8:15am EST
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Natalie Portman, Colin Firth and the cast of The King's Speech took the top prizes at the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.

Firth won Best Actor for his role in the British monarchy drama, which also took the prize for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Meanwhile Portman claimed the Best Actress award for her performance in Darren Aronofsky's ballet drama Black Swan. The Fighter was also a big winner, with cast mates Christian Bale and Melissa Leo earning honors for Best Supporting Actor and Actress respectively.

Elsewhere, Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Em...
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'Black Swan,' Black Dress - Natalie Portman Was Radiant At The DGA Awards

January 30th, 2011 9:10pm EST
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman showed up to the 63rd Annual Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards at the Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Saturday night looking radiant in a long black dress.

The star's latest film, Black Swan, was nominated for an award for director Darren Aronofsky but was beat out by Tom Hooper, who helmed heavy Oscar favorite The King's Speech for the ceremony's top honor.

Hooper was presented with the outstanding directorial achievement by his peers for his story of stuttering British monarch King George VI.

The DGA Awards are thought to be the best indicato...
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Mark Wahlberg Not Bitter About Oscars Snub

January 26th, 2011 2:12pm EST
Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg is adamant he doesn't feel bitter about missing out on a Best Actor Oscar nod for his role in The Fighter - insisting he's "so excited" to see his co-star Christian Bale nominated.

The Hollywood actor stars as real life boxing legend 'Irish' Micky Ward in the new picture, while Bale appears alongside him as Ward's half-brother Dicky Ecklund.

The film garnered a number of nominations when the Academy Awards shortlist was announced on Tuesday, including a Best Picture nod, while Bale will compete for the Best Supporting Actor prize.

Wahlberg, who also acted as a producer o...
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Melissa Leo Wants To Bring 'The Fighter' Mom To Oscars

January 26th, 2011 1:50am EST
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Oscar nominee Melissa Leo wants to take the woman she played in gritty new film The Fighter to the Academy Awards with her next month.

The actress has called on ailing Ward family matriarch Alice Ward to join her at the Oscars - but she won't make plans until doctors give her the go-ahead to invite her.

The 80 year old suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this month and was briefly declared dead.

She made a miraculous recovery, was placed on life support and has since regained consciousness.

Leo tells USA Today, "She's in fragile condition in a Boston hospital... but it would be super for ...
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Inside Look At Today's Oscar Announcements!

January 25th, 2011 2:37pm EST
83rd Annual Academy Awards Nominations
I was lucky enough to be inside the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre this morning while the 83rd Annual Academy Award Nominations were announced. Here is a timeline and some insider information on how the morning played out:

2 AM : Time to wake up and get ready for the announcements. Since the nominations are coordinated with morning shows on the East Coast, I knew I would have to try and get some sleep before I had to be up in the middle of the night. My bed time? 5:37 PM. Just enough beauty sleep for this 2 AM wake up call.

3:30 AM: My official call time over at the Academy's headquarters i...
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Oscar Nominations 2011: Complete List Of Academy Award Nominees

January 25th, 2011 9:34am EST
2011 Oscar Nominations
The Oscar nominations are in! The King's Speech dominated with 12 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor for Colin Firth, and Best Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter. "True Grit" wasn't far behind with 10 nominations.

Also nominated for best picture were "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "Inception," "The Kids Are All Right," "127 Hours," "The Social Network," "Toy Story 3," "True Grit" and "Winter's Bone."

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will be held on February 27, 2011. Check out all the nominees below:

Actor in a Leading Role

* Javier Barde...
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'The King's Speech' Gets Massive 14 Nominations For BAFTA Awards

January 18th, 2011 9:51am EST
The Kings Speech
Critically-acclaimed "The King's Speech" is set to dominate the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards next month, after scoring a massive 14 nominations.

The Tom Hooper movie, about stammering British monarch King George VI, has picked up nods in the Best Film and Best Director categories, while Colin Firth is tipped for Best Actor and his co-star Helena Bonham Carter will compete for the Best Supporting Actress prize.

The picture is facing a challenge from Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, which has picked up 12 nominations, including nods for its star Natalie Portman, ...
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'The Social Network' Tops Golden Globes (Full List Of Winners)

January 16th, 2011 11:56pm EST
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The Social Network has virtually locked in its Best Film Oscar after landing four big awards at the Golden Globes on Sunday night.

Just two days after picking up the main prize at the Critics Choice Awards, the film won top honors at the Globes, while there were also accolades for David Fincher (Best Director), Aaron Sorkin (Best Screenplay) and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (Best Score).

The night's big loser was The King's Speech, which led all nominations with seven, but went home with only one - a Best Actor gong for Oscars favorite Colin Firth.

The ceremony's highlight came when Mic...
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