Top Best Actress Oscars 2011: Annette Bening, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams

The Academy Awards nominations have been announced on January 25 and the list revealed some of the finest actresses in Hollywood battling for the coveted statuette. Before the long-awaited ceremony takes place, InRumor challenges you to have a guess at this year’s candidates for Best Actress.

Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”

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Three-time Oscar-nominated (The Grifters, American Beauty, Being Julia), Bening is seen gives powerful interpretations. Her performance in “The Kids Are All Right” is an example. Her character is strong, sober but significant, and the film is highly appreciated. She’s a favorite this year.

Critic David Edelstein: “Annette Bening has a genius for a kind of ‘existential’ acting—for illuminating the chink (or moat, or abyss) between a person’s front and the quivering creature underneath, desperately trying to hold the mask in place.”

Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”

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Nicole is no stranger to Oscar nominations but it was her performance in The Hours that garnered her first Academy Award for Best Actress. Rabbit Hole has received positive reviews in particular for Kidman and Wiest’s performances. Noted as Kidman’s best dramatic performance to date, many critics say Kidman is award-worthy in her work.

Critic Kirk Honeycutt: “Kidman grabs the central focus of the story as the more distraught of the two. The performance is riveting because she essentially plays the entire film at two levels, the surface everyday life and then what is turning over and over again in her mind.”

Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”

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A newcomer of the year, Jennifer Lawrence takes the lead role, frequently cited as a “breakout performance”, in Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone. The film is considered Lawrence’s breakthrough performance, seen as strong, compelling and apt for a statuette.

Critic Peter Travers: “In Lawrence, Granik has found just the right young actress to inhabit Ree. Her performance is more than acting, it’s a gathering storm.”

Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”

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Nominated in the past for Best Supporting Actress for Closer, Portman hasn’t had until now a leading role that would allow her to flirt with the Oscar race for Best Actress. She has done that now with “Black Swan”, by director Darren Aronofsky. The film is applauded by many critics for the excellent performance of Natalie Portman. Many experts are already seeing the next favorite at the Oscars.

Critic David Edwards: “While the film is near-perfect, it’s a tribute to Portman that she outshines everyone else as the frail, brittle ballerina who is slowly but surely losing it.”

Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

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Nominated in 2006 for Best Supporting Actress for Brokeback Mountain, Michelle Williams comes out of a success (Shutter Island) and is carried by the buzz of Blue Valentine. Her performance in Blue Valentine is noteworthy for its intensity as well as her ability to render inner experience in detail.

Critic Catherine Bray: A rarely cheery but carefully crafted look at flawed and all-too human behavior, worth seeing for Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling’s sincere, intelligent performances.

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Neil Patrick Harris vs. Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris (born June 15, 1973) is an American actor, singer, and magician.

Harris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and began his career as a child actor.

The most important roles of his career include the lead role in “Doogie Howser, M.D.”, for which he was again nominated for a Golden Globe, Colonel Carl Jenkins in “Starship Troopers”, the womanizing Barney Stinson in “How I Met Your Mother”, a fictionalized version of himself in the “Harold & Kumar” series, and the title role in the musical web series “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”.

From 1999 to 2003, Harris starred with Tony Shalhoub in the sitcom “Stark Raving Mad”, which lasted 22 episodes. Harris has worked on Broadway in both musical and dramatic roles. In 2003, he took the role of the Emcee in Cabaret, which garnered him the appreciation of the critics.

In November 2006 Harris confirmed his homosexuality by saying “…I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love.”

In September 2007 he attended the Emmy awards in the company of his partner David Burtka. In August 2010, Harris announced that he and Burtka were expecting twins via a surrogate mother.

The couple welcomed twins Gideon Scott, a boy, and Harper Grace, a girl, on October 12, 2010.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (born October 22, 1975) is an American actor, most widely known for his role as Mitchell Pritchett on “Modern Family” and Richie Velch in “The Class”.

Ferguson was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

When he was 8, Ferguson decided he wanted to become an actor. He joined the Albuquerque Children’s Theatre where he was a member for six years. In high school, he played Albert Peterson in “Bye Bye Birdie” and General Bullmoose in “Li’l Abner”.

Ferguson also joined the high school speech and debate team and worked as a dancer/singer at Cliff’s Amusement Park.

In 1994, after graduating from high-school, he attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City where he worked primarily in experimental and Broadway shows, including the Tony Award-winning “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”.

In 2007, Jesse appeared in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, a production of the Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park. In 2008 he starred in the thriller “Untraceable”.

At the moment, Ferguson plays Mitchell Pritchett on the ABC sitcom “Modern Family”. Just like his character, he has openly expressed his homosexuality. This role has brought him a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Role in a Comedy Series at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards.

Last Thursday, at Elle’s Women In Television event, the actor introduced his boyfriend, lawyer Justin Mikita.

Witnesses said that the two “were inseparable all night” and an onlooker added that “every time he looked at Jesse, he seemed to melt.”

Ferguson wrote about his date on Twitter: “So @justinmikita and I are at the Elle Women in TV party,” and added a picture of two nameplates that read “Jesse Tyler Ferguson” and “Guest of Jesse Tyler Ferguson.”

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The Kardashians talk plastic surgery and Twitter on Piers Morgan show

While we already knew that Kim is a botox addict, with her latest photos posted on Twitter proving that she has little left of a natural woman, she told Morgan that her chest is “completely, 100 percent real.” However, this isn’t the case with her sister who admitted to having implants.

The sisters also talked shopping. When asked what was the most extravagant thing they ever bought for themselves, Kim said she once dropped no fewer than $ 115,000 for a watch.

As for the talent that makes them deserve the spotlight, the sisters cited marketing and fashion as their skills.

“I would absolutely say that marketing is a skill and I think that fashion [is] as well,” Kim answered. “Each sister have been stylists at some point in our lives. We own three successful clothing stores.”

“So, when people call you talent-less, how do you react?” the host asked. “Does it hurt you?”

“It doesn’t hurt me,” Kourtney said. “I think people that know us, that watch our show, see that we work, see that we’re hard workers.

“I usually find the comments come from people that don’t watch our show or know anything about us,” Kourtney continued. “They might just see us in magazines or see our pictures on blogs and think that we’re just spoiled kids that don’t do anything and we just run around Hollywood and go to parties.”

Morgan also delved into politics with the three reality stars. To the question of “What would you say if I said, ‘Sarah Palin’?” Kourtney replied, “I just think, like, hunter. That’s just like the first thing that comes into my head.”

Kim also said Obama was the first presidential candidate to get her “motivated enough to vote.”

Speaking of Obama, when Morgan pointed out that all three are in the top 100 list of people being followed on Twitter worldwide, Kourtney being number 72, Khloe number 47, and Kim, with 6 million followers, as the sixth-most followed, she’s competing with President Barack Obama.

Kourtney said Twitter is “the best decision-maker,” as she Tweets everything from potential perfume bottle designs, to outfit or dinner dilemmas. Morgan also asked the girls if there is anything about their lives that is off-limits.

“Relationships,” Kim answered. “I only show very little bits and pieces.” When asked if she was “in love” with New Jersey Nets player Kris Humphries, Kim responded: “I think that this time around, I am really trying to keep things a little bit more private than I have in the past.”

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Justin Bieber gets topless for Selena Gomez?

A few days ago, Bieber created panic on the web when topless pictures of the star circulated on Twitter and everyone wondered why the phenomenon had leaked the shots.

Covered only with a striped tie, the pop sensation unveiled his body sculpture, creating the biggest stir among fans across the globe.

At a photoshoot the pop sensation took recently, Justin reportedly asked his stylist to take pictures of him to send to his girlfriend who many assume is none other than Selena Gomez.

A source told the website: “Justin was talking to the stylist, asking her to take sexy pictures of him for his girlfriend. He was just being cute about it, joking around, but he definitely wanted to look good for this girl. He never said the name Selena, but we knew who it was.”

In addition, the 16-year-old and Selena are said to be marking their romance by wearing matching necklaces.

Recently, the two were spotted on a movie date, an event that was accompanied as usual by screaming fans.

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Why Bristol Palin won’t talk about abstinence at Washington University

However, “because of the growing controversy among undergraduates over the decision to pay for her talk with student-generated funds” her college sex talk was cancelled.

RadarOnline.com reports Palin, 20, who became pregnant with her son Tripp at age 17, had been invited by the Student Health Advisory Committee to talk about abstinence as part of the University’s Student Sexual Responsibility Week.

Due to students’ protests against the use of student-generated money to fund Bristol’s fee, her appearance was cancelled.

“It’s not necessarily in opposition to the ideas that are being presented,” said Philip Thomas, the student who started the protest. “People are getting so angry because of the opposition to Palin’s lack of expertise and the high cost she is charging.”

Another student, Ryan McCombe, created a Facebook petition protesting Palin’s appearance, and gathered 102 members in 24 hours, as well as some pretty harsh complaints.

“Bristol Palin got pregnant at 17, and rose to fame on none of her own merits, only the fact that her mother ran for Vice President, she has zero credentials in this area, and costs a ton of money,” one member wrote.

“I am against Bristol Palin coming to WashU for a number of reasons, not first of which is that it could be paying for some genuine education. Also, this is a place of learning and Abstinence programs were created in reaction and as a replacement for sex-education,” adds another member.

Palin’s will be replaced on the panel by Dr. Katie Plax, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine.

Official: First images of the new Mercedes C63 AMG facelift

Although there is approximately one month left before the opening of the Geneva Motor Show, a series of official pictures reveal the new aspect of the performance model C63 AMG in its sedan and wagon versions. Subjected to a general facelift too, the sports sedan and its brother Estate feature a new design, almost entirely copied from the standard version of the mid-range model.

Differences are given by the redesigned bumper with larger air intakes, the LED lights positioned on the front bumper, the new radiator grille and grille’s chrome line.

The facelift for the sports version brings mechanical enhancements as well. The 6.3-liter V8 engine has a Controlled Efficiency Programme, available on the automatic transmission with seven reports. The eight-cylinder unit develops 463 horsepower and 600 Nm, sufficient resources to ensure a sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in just 4.5 seconds.

The top speed remains limited to the 250 km / h. Due to the new Controlled Efficiency system, the average consumption is reduced to 12 liters per 100 kilometers.

The performance of the acceleration can be improved by 0.2 seconds, if you opt for the AMG Performance Pack. The kit climbs the power of the value to 487 horse power and comes with a series of fine aesthetic details: brake calipers painted in red, carbon fiber inserts, AMG sport steering wheel and Nappa and Alcantara leather upholstery.

Source: autoblog

Jason Davis gets busted for drug possession

According to TMZ, Davis was arrested last night in Newport Beach, California for possession of a controlled substance. TMZ reports that a live reunion show for Celebrity Rehab took place yesterday and Jason claims he was clean.

He is now being held on a $20,000 bail.

Celebrity Rehab host Dr. Drew said, “Jason was honest about his struggles with his sobriety on the reunion show. Hopefully, now that there are legal consequences, further treatment will be mandated, which he so desperately needs. As I said when I saw him Wednesday, we care for him very deeply and we are here for him.”

Charlie Sheen finally decides to enter rehab

The actor “has voluntarily entered an undisclosed rehabilitation center today,” his rep said in a statement. “He is most grateful to all who have expressed their concern.”

Now that he has decided to enter e detox clinic, the sitcom Two and a Half Men in which he stars is going on hiatus. In a statement from CBS, television and executive producer Chuck Lorre said: “We are profoundly concerned for his health and well-being, and support his decision.”

This episode adds to many other incidents of a similar nature in recent years.

Charlie Sheen destroyed the inside of his room at the Plaza Hotel in New York, according to media reports. Called to the scene, police found him there with a young woman, naked and drunk. The actor was then rushed to the hospital.

The actor also admitted last August that he had assaulted his third wife while vacationing in Aspen, Colorado and avoided prison by taking 30 days of treatment in a rehabilitation center.

Demi Lovato gets out of rehab

“Demi came back to L.A. earlier this week,” a source close to the star said. “She completed her prescribed treatment and an outpatient program near the treatment facility. For now, she is getting back to her regular routine and spending time with her family and close friends. Demi will continue to focus first and foremost on her well-being.”

“She will continue to see doctors in L.A. who will help her work on the issues she confronted in treatment,” the source added. “For now, she is getting back to her regular routine and spending time with her family and close friends. She is so grateful to all of her fans for their support, and looks forward to being able to talk to all of them very soon.”

At 18, Demi Lovato checked into rehab last October after an altercation with a dancer on the Jonas Brothers tour. The singer also had difficulties overcoming her breakup with Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers.

Today she is much better and seems determined to go back on the road and begin a solo tour to win back her audience, as soon as possible. A new page turns for the brunette who wants a fresh start towards a happier future.

American Idol contestant Chris Medina’s heartbreaking story

Juliana, Medina’s fiancée, was in an accident that left her with a traumatic brain injury two months before their wedding.

On the day they were supposed to get married, Chris posted a song he wrote for his love on Facebook.

“I’m giving all I’ve got to give/To Pull You through/To set you free/More than the vow/‘Through thick and thin’/I’m living it/In your darkest hour, I will be your light,” were some of the lyrics.

“Everything changed,” Medina said. “We’re still not married.”

After performing “Break Even,” Medina brought Juliana in a wheelchair into the studio, where all three judges greeted her and gave Medina the big news: he’s going to Hollywood.

“I just heard your fiancé sing,” Steven Tyler told Juliana. “He sings to you all the time. I could tell. That’s why he sings so good because he sings to you.”

Watch the clip to see their beautiful love story:

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