Natalie Portman's ballet drama "Black Swan" leads the Critics' Choice Movie Awards with a record 12 nominations, among them best picture and actress.
Other best-picture nominees Monday were "127 Hours," "The Fighter," "Inception," "The King's Speech," "The Social Network," "The Town," "Toy Story 3," "True Grit" and "Winter's Bone."
"The King's Speech" and "True Grit" were second with 11 nominations each.
Among "The King's Speech" honors were a best-actor nomination for Colin Firth and supporting slots for Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush . "True Grit" star Jeff Bridges also earned a best-actor nomination, while his newcomer co-star, 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld , had two nominations, as supporting actress and best young actress.
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Ja Rule pleads guilty
Rapper Ja Rule on Monday pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon stemming from a July 2007 stop of his luxury sports car.
"Because of your guilty plea here today, you'll have a record of having committed a violent felony.
"This is a very serious matter," Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Richard Carruthers told the rapper.
"This isn't a good day," Ja Rule said as he left the court. He declined to discuss the case. His lawyer, Stacey Richman, had no immediate comment.
Specifically, the rapper admitted to a charge that involves attempting to have a loaded gun outside one's home or workplace.
Police said they found a loaded semiautomatic gun in a rear door of the $250,000-plus car after it was stopped for speeding.
In court Monday, Ja Rule was promised a two-year prison sentence. He's free until sentencing, on a date yet to be set.
He is due in court Feb. 9 for an update.
Richie, Madden wed
Nicole Richie and Joel Madden have gone from reality star and rocker to husband and wife.
Richie's publicist Nicole Perna told the Associated Press in an e-mail that the 29-year-old socialite and her longtime boyfriend were married Saturday in Los Angeles.
The 31-year-old Madden fronts the band Good Charlotte.
The couple, who dated for more than four years, have a 2-year-old daughter, Harlow Winter Kate, and a 15-month-old son, Sparrow Midnight.
Another year older
Today's birthdays: jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, 90... actor Hal Williams , 72... singer Joyce Vincent-Wilson (Tony Orlando and Dawn), 64... actress Patty Duke, 64... actress Dee Wallace, 62... actress Cynthia Gibb , 47... actress Vanessa Hudgens , 22.