Bridges, Bullock top SAG awards
Jeff Bridges of "Crazy Heart" and Sandra Bullock of "The Blind Side" claimed top acting honors at yesterday's Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, building momentum for possible Academy Awards glory for the two stars.
Christoph Waltz was honored as best supporting actor for his role as an energetically ruthless Nazi in the film "Inglourious Basterds," while Mo'Nique's searing portrayal of an abusive mother in "Precious" was honored as best supporting actress.
The cast of "Inglourious Basterds," an off-kilter World War II revenge saga from Quentin Tarantino, won the award for best ensemble performance, a possible sign of the film's Oscar chances for a best-movie nomination and nod for Tarantino.
See a complete list of winners online at www.sagawards.org.
4,000 PAY RESPECTS TO R&B LEGEND
Thousands have paid their respects to R&B legend Teddy Pendergrass at a memorial service in Philadelphia.
Pendergrass is best known as the singer of "If You Don't Know Me By Now" and other hits. He died Jan. 13 at age 59 after a battle with colon cancer.
A 200-member gospel choir sang at yesterday's service at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. Singers such as Melba Moore and Tyrese Gibson performed. About 4,000 people attended, including actor Ben Vereen and singer Stephanie Mills.
Pendergrass was later laid to rest at a private burial service.
Pendergrass was left paralyzed from the waist down following a 1982 car crash but continued to record music.
Music producer Kenny Gamble says after Pendergrass was injured, "His life changed and he started to really give to others."
COMEDIAN CHARGED WITH SEX ABUSE
Actor and comedian Andy Dick has been charged with two felony counts of sexual abuse in West Virginia.
Dick was arraigned yesterday afternoon in Cabell County Magistrate Court. Court documents say he's accused of grabbing a bouncer's crotch and groping and kissing a male patron earlier in the morning at a bar in Huntington.
The 44-year-old Dick was in Huntington to perform at the Funny Bone Comedy Club.
FOLK SINGER HEADLINES CHARITY CONCERT
Folk singer Arlo Guthrie headlined a sold-out concert yesterday to raise money for the victims of a series of arson fires in western Massachusetts.
All proceeds from last night's show at the 800-seat Academy of Music in Northampton will go to the Northampton Neighbors Relief Fund. Organizers say the fund already has raised more than $40,000 for those who lost property in a string of 15 fires set in the early morning hours of Dec. 27.
— Advertiser News Services