Picture 1196Mo’Nique seems uninterested in awards for ‘Precious’ role
The only thing standing between Mo’Nique and awards-season glory could be Mo’Nique herself. Portraying a monstrously abusive mom with a shockingly disarming moment of clarity, Mo’Nique has certainly given an award-worthy performance in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” Any doubt of that was erased Tuesday morning, when the Baltimore County native and BET talk-show host landed a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. She’s already been named the year’s top supporting actress by the Los Angeles Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics. But industry insiders, responding to comments the actress has made on her talk show and in the media, are wondering how willing she will be to get out and campaign for an Oscar, and whether she could win without doing so. Oscar nominations will be announced Feb. 2. (Continue Reading…)

Charles Barkley, Spike Lee worry about Tiger Woods
Charles Barkley says Tiger Woods changed his cell phone number the day after his car accident and is not talking to some of his famous friends. On a show that airs Sunday on news network HLN, Barkley and filmmaker Spike Lee worry that Woods isn’t taking advantage of the invaluable advice that can only be offered by friends who are used to the spotlight. “You should reach out to your celebrity friends when things go bad,” Barkley told The Associated Press in a phone interview Tuesday. “They’re the only people who understand what it’s like.” Barkley appears on “With All Due Respect” with two other Turner Sports analysts, baseball Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley and longtime NASCAR driver Kyle Petty. Lee is one of the guests in the one-hour special during which the sports stars discuss a variety of topics. (Continue Reading…)

Obama statue attacked by Facebook critics
A statue of President Barack Obama as a boy erected in a Jakarta park has been targeted in a Facebook campaign by thousands who say it should be removed. The Indonesian-language Facebook group named “Take Down the Barack Obama Statue in Taman Menteng Park” had attracted more than 15,000 members by Tuesday since the 43-inch (110-centimeter) statue of 10-year-old Obama dressed in shorts and a T-shirt was unveiled in the downtown park on Thursday last week. Heru Nugroho, the group’s creator, said he would use the support on the popular social networking Web site to demand that Jakarta Gov. Fauzi Bowo remove the statue. (Continue Reading…)

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