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Awkward., Ep 4.18: “Girl Rules” is a return to form

Ashley Rickards, Erinn Westbrook

Awkward., Season 4, Episode 18: “Girl Rules”

Written by Jenna Lamia

Directed by Uta Briesewitz

Airs Tuesdays at 10pm Est on MTV

Following Jenna’s brief dalliance with Owen, the past few episodes have seen her circle back towards Matty, just as the latter engages in a relationship of his own with Gabby. However, not much has been known about the latter, as the show has focused more on how the relationship affects Matty and Jenna. This week’s episode brings Gabby into the fold as Jenna gets to know her better, in a strong outing that revisits some key storylines from earlier in the season.

Jenna’s reaction to Gabby this week, as well as her frustrations with college and her rejection of Matty, are refreshing steps towards maturity for the character. It’s good to see Jenna reconcile herself to the idea that Gabby is not a bad person,
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Awkward., Ep 4.03: “Touched by an Angel” has Jenna seeing beyond herself

Ashley Rickards, Molly Tarlov

Awkward., Season 4, Episode 03: “Touched by an Angel

Written by Jenna Lamia

Directed by Jay Karas

Airs Tuesdays at 10 Pm on MTV

Jenna’s forced silence in last week’s episode showed the importance of having someone who listens. This importance was driven home by the reveal of Matty’s adoption, and that his quietness had nothing to do with Jenna, as she had feared. The revelation emphasized to Jenna how self-centred her thinking had become. This week’s episode sees her try to willingly be there for others in need, including Matty, in an entertaining episode that highlights the difference in how Tamara and Jenna handle similar situations.

Jenna seeking self-respect while trying to expand her viewpoint to include others is an interesting conflict. Over the course of the show’s run, it has been clear that, while Jenna has kept herself as the centre of focus,
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 25 Pairs of Passes to ‘The Call’ With Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin

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The Call,” which opens on March 15, 2013 and is rated “R,” also stars Abigail Breslin, Evie Thompson, Morris Chestnut, Michael Eklund, David Otunga, Michael Imperioli, Justina Machado, José Zúñiga, Roma Maffia, Evie Thompson, Denise Dowse, Ella Rae Peck, Jenna Lamia and Ross Gallo from director Brad Anderson and writer Richard D’Ovidio.

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The Fighter 2 Is Happening Says Mark Wahlberg

The Fighter 2 Is Happening Says Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg accepted the Guy Movie of the Year award for The Fighter at the Guys Choice Awards, which will air on Friday, June 10 at 9 Pm Et on Spike. The network released footage of Mark Wahlberg accepting the award, where he also discussed The Fighter 2 sequel. Here's what he had to say below about the project, which will involve Micky Ward's three fights with Arturo Gatti.

"We left out the Arturo Gatti fights for a reason, because that's for The Fighter 2. We're not going to do The Fighter 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, but we're going to do The Fighter 2. We're going to do the Ward/Gatti trilogy."

The actor's statement mirrored what he said back in March, when he revealed they only wanted to do one sequel to The Fighter. It seems that one sequel will cover all three fights, which happened between May 2002 and June 2003. Click on the video player below
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The Fighter Sweeps Blu-ray and DVD Sales Charts

The Fighter Sweeps Blu-ray and DVD Sales Charts
Paramount's boxing drama The Fighter had no trouble knocking out its home video competition last week, taking the top spot on Blu-ray sales, DVD sales and DVD rental charts.

Barbie: A Fairy Secret took second place in DVD sales with Hereafter taking third place with The Switch finishing in fourth place. Last week's top DVD seller, Jackass 3, dropped to sixth place on the sales charts, behind Megamind in fifth place.

The Fighter topped the rental charts, largely because Paramount doesn't enforce a 28-day delay on Netflix and Redbox for new releases. The Switch took second place in rentals, although Hereafter took 19th place since Warner Bros. imposes the 28-day delay for Netflix and Redbox.

The Fighter rounded out the home video sweep with a win on the Blu-ray sales charts. A healthy 40% of The Fighter's total sales came in the high-definition format. Hereafter took third place in Bd sales
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The Fighter 2 Might Get David O. Russell Script

The Fighter 2 Might Get David O. Russell Script
A sequel to The Fighter is still a ways off, although it seems director David O. Russell is looking to both write and direct The Fighter 2.

The Fighter was David O. Russell's first project that he didn't write himself. Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, and Eric Johnson all collaborated on the Oscar-nominated screenplay.

Here's what David O. Russell had to say about writing The Fighter 2.

"I would do it whenever anyone says they're ready. I'm ready to write it. I would definitely want to be involved in that."

Earlier this month, Mark Wahlberg revealed that he wants to use The Fighter 2 to explore Micky Ward's trilogy of fights with Arturo Gatti. David O. Russell also wants to show the Arturo Gatti fights, as well as look deeper into Micky Ward's family; specifically his sisters.

"I think Micky's story has a lot of heart whichever way you cut it.
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Exclusive: The Fighter Blu-ray Boxing Featurette

Exclusive: The Fighter Blu-ray Boxing Featurette
David O. Russell directs the Oscar-nominated biopic The Fighter, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD today. We have an exclusive look at the special features, with a featurette detailing the boxing choreography on display. Mark Wahlberg takes us through his climactic end fight scene, which you can watch in the clip below.

Click to watch Exclusive: Shooting the Fight Scenes!

"Mark Wahlberg is perfect" (Entertainment Weekly) and "Christian Bale is astonishing" (New York Times) in the inspiring true story The Fighter, debuting in a two-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack with Digital Copy, on standard DVD and on VOD March 15, 2011 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Directed by Academy Award nominee David O. Russell (Three Kings), 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
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The Fighter 2 Won't Lead to Further Sequels Says Mark Wahlberg

The Fighter 2 Won't Lead to Further Sequels Says Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg has revealed that he only wants to make one sequel to The Fighter, instead of drawing it out into a franchise like the Rocky series. Here's what the actor recently had to say about The Fighter 2.

"I got bit by the bug, and now I'm trying to plant the idea in everyone's head that we should do - not five or six Fighters like Rocky - but one more because the big thing that Micky Ward was famous for was his three epic battles with Arturo Gatti. So we're talking about possibly taking one more run at it."

The actor first revealed his plans for a sequel earlier this month. It seems that the three Arturo Gatti fights would be handled all within one movie. Mark Wahlberg also said most of the cast would likely return.

"Yeah. Everybody had such an amazing experience making the movie that I
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Mark Wahlberg Wants to Do The Fighter 2

Mark Wahlberg Wants to Do The Fighter 2
Actor Mark Wahlberg revealed on the red carpet of The 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday night that there are plans for a sequel to The Fighter, which was nominated for Best Picture. Here's what the actor, who portrayed real-life boxer Mickey Ward in the drama, had to say about a follow-up to The Fighter.

"Now we're gonna talk about doing No. 2. We're gonna do the Ward /Gatti trilogy and make it real."

In real life, Mickey Ward fought Arturo Gatti three times. Mark Wahlberg has recommended that Extra host Mario L&#243pez try out to play Gatti. Here is what he said to the host on air.

"And you know what? You may want to play Gatti."

It isn't clear if a script is being written for The Fighter 2 as of yet. In the meantime, you can take a look at the video interview with Mark Wahlberg from the red carpet below.
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The Fighter Blu-ray and DVD Hits on March 15th

The Fighter Blu-ray and DVD Hits on March 15th
"Mark Wahlberg is perfect" (Entertainment Weekly) and "Christian Bale is astonishing" (New York Times) in the inspiring true story The Fighter, debuting in a two-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack with Digital Copy, on standard DVD and on VOD March 15, 2011 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Directed by Academy Award nominee David O. Russell (Three Kings), 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, Dicky Eklund, a role that has already earned him a Golden Globe, SAG and National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actor,
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2011 Writers Guild Awards Winners

2011 Writers Guild Awards Winners
The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) tonight announced the winners of the 2011 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television, radio, news, promotional, videogame, and new media writing at simultaneous ceremonies at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel-Grand Ballroom in Los Angeles and the Axa Equitable Center in New York City.

Screen Winners

Original Screenplay

Inception, Written by Christopher Nolan; Warner Bros.

Black Swan, Screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John J. McLaughlin; Story by Andres Heinz; Fox Searchlight

The Fighter, Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Paramount Pictures

The Kids Are All Right, Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg; Focus Features

Please Give, Written by Nicole Holofcener; Sony Pictures Classics

Adapted Screenplay

The Social Network, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; Based on the book The Accidental Billionaires
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17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award Winners!

Screen Actors Guild presented its coveted Actor statuette for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2010 at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in ceremonies attended by film and television's leading actors, held Sunday, Jan. 30, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards was simulcast live coast-to-coast by TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt). An encore presentation was telecast on TNT at 10 p.m. (Et), 9 p.m. (Ct), 8 p.m. (Mt) and 7 p.m. (Pt).

The complete list of recipients of the Screen Actors Guild Awards follows.

Theatrical Motion Pictures

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Colin Firth / King George VI - The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company)

Jeff Bridges / Rooster Cogburn - True Grit (Paramount Pictures)

Robert Duvall / Felix Bush - Get Low (Sony Pictures Classics
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The King's Speech Wins at 2011 Producers Guild Awards

The King's Speech Wins at 2011 Producers Guild Awards
The Producers Guild of America Awards were held last night in Los Angeles, with filmmaker Judd Apatow hosting the ceremony. Here are all of the winners along with the full list of nominees below:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

The King's Speech Producers: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin

127 Hours Producers: Danny Boyle, Christian Colson

Black Swan Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver

Inception Producers: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas

The Fighter Producers: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Mark Wahlberg

The Kids Are All Right Producers: Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray

The Social Network Producers: Dana Brunetti, Ce&#225n Chaffin, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin

The Town Producers: Basil Iwanyk, Graham King

Toy Story 3 Producer: Darla K. Anderson

True Grit Producers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Scott Rudin

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Toy Story 3 Producer: Darla K. Anderson
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 30 Pairs of Chicago Passes to ‘The Fighter’ With Christian Bale

Chicago – In our latest boxing edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 30 admit-two advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to “The Fighter” with Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg! Five additional winners will win sweatshirts and headphones, too!

The Fighter” also stars Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Mickey O’Keefe, Jack McGee, Melissa McMeekin, Bianca Hunter, Erica McDermott, Jill Quigg, Dendrie Taylor, Kate B. O’Brien, Jenna Lamia, Frank Renzulli and Caitlin Dwyer from director David O. Russell and writers Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy.

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The movie poster for “The Fighter” with Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg.

Image credit: Paramount Pictures

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"The Fighter" Review | It Doesn't Take A Big Man To Knock Somebody Down, Just A Little Courage To Lift Him Off The Ground

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David O. Russell's The Fighter is based on the true story of Micky Ward, a stepping-stone boxer, and his older brother Dick Eklund, whose claim to fame was dropping Sugar Ray Leonard several years and many crackpipe hits long ago. Because it's beholden to the framework of Ward's technical boxing style and the fights he fought, the story has a tendency to lag and meander. But what elevates it to championship status is the acting, because it's kind of ecstatically horrifying to watch Christian Bale and Melissa Leo tear themselves and everyone else apart. Ultimately, the family dynamic and the bitter squabble of this destructive family is what makes The Fighter worth watching.

A documentary crew is filming Dick Eklund (Christian Bale) for his supposed comeback. Meanwhile, he's training his kid half-brother Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), a slugger with a fierce hook who most promoters book to boost their more promising fighters.
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International The Fighter Trailer

Brand new UK trailer for The Fighter has been made available for viewing pleasure via IGN.

Director David O. Russell‘s (Three Kings) latest movie, The Fighter dramatizes the real story of welterweight boxer “Irish” Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his half-brother trainer Dicky Ecklund (Christian Bale), who was a boxer himself until his life became dominated by drug addiction and prison sentences.

Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale in The Fighter

Co-stars Melissa Leo, Dendrie Taylor, Jack McGee, Jenna Lamia, and Bianca Hunter.

The script was co-written by Paul Tamasy (Air Bud, Walking Across Egypt) and Eric Johnson with Scott Silver (Johns, The Mod Squad, 8 Mile).

The Fighter will arrive in cinemas on December 10th 2010.
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34 New The Fighter Photos and Movie Clip

Paramount Pictures released this brand new clip and 34 photos from the upcoming film The Fighter, the adult boxing drama/awards contender which stars Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams.

Synopsis: The story unfolds on the gritty, blue-collar streets of Lowell, Mass, where Dicky was once known as “The Pride of Lowell” having gone the distance with the world champion Sugar Ray Leonard. However, after losing that fight, like the town of Lowell, Dicky’s fallen on hard times. His boxing days are behind him and his life has become shattered by drug abuse.

Younger brother Micky, meanwhile, has become the family’s fighter and fading hope for a champion. But despite all of his work, Micky’s career is failing and he loses fight after punishing fight. Dicky and Micky’s tougher-than-nails mother, Alice, manages his career and Dicky serves as his highly unreliable trainer. When Micky’s latest fight nearly kills him,
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The Fighter Poster!

Yahoo! Movies! has debuted the first poster for the upcoming boxing drama The Fighter, which will be released in theaters nationwide on December 10. Click on the 1-sheet below to access our full gallery for this true story from director David O. Russell :

The Fighter is a drama about boxer Irish Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being Ko'd by drugs and crime.

The Fighter comes to theaters December 10th, 2010 and stars Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Dendrie Taylor, Jack McGee, Jenna Lamia, Bianca Hunter. The film is directed by David O. Russell.
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Second Trailer for The Fighter Goes for the Gut Shots

A second, very effective trailer for David O. Russell’s “The Fighter”, which definitely doesn’t take any prisoners or pulls any punches when it comes to the very sorry nature of pretty much everyone that surrounds our hero played by Mark Wahlberg. Well, except for the no-nonsense love of his spunky girlfriend played by Amy Adams. See, because our hero isn’t just a fighter in the ring, but he’s a fighter outside the ring, too, being that his family is pretty much all a P.O.S. Or so it seems from this trailer. The Fighter is the inspirational, true story of these two brothers who, against all the odds, come together to train for a historic title bout that will unite their fractured family, redeem their pasts and, at last, give their hard-luck town what it’s been waiting for: pride. Starring Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg,
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The Fighter Trailer #2

Paramount Pictures have released a new movie trailer for The Fighter, which was broadcast on television during Sunday’s Mad Men season finale.

The Fighter tells the true story of Boston fighter “Irish” Micky Ward and how he was helped to the world lightweight championship by half-brother and his trainer Dicky Ecklund.

Dicky Ecklund (Christian Bale) is a former boxing legend that squandered his talents and threw away his shot at greatness. Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), his half brother, is the struggling journeyman boxer who spent his life living in his big brother’s shadow.

The Fighter is the inspirational, true story of these two brothers who, against all the odds, come together to train for a historic title bout that will unite their fractured family, redeem their pasts and, at last, give their hard-luck town what it’s been waiting for: pride. The story unfolds on the gritty, blue-collar streets of Lowell,
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