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1st Grade Teacher Taken Hostage by Dad Who Stormed School Feels Sorry for His Daughter

1st Grade Teacher Taken Hostage by Dad Who Stormed School Feels Sorry for His Daughter
On Oct. 31, a tense hostage standoff at a California school ended when police fatally shot a father who stormed the school and held his daughter’s first grade teacher against her will for hours.

In a letter released by the Riverside Unified School District to multiple outlets earlier this week, the 70-year-old teacher, Linda Montgomery, described how she’s coping with the aftereffects of the incident at Castle View Elementary School.

“As I move through my own healing process, I am experiencing a range of emotions — anger, however, has never been one of them,” Montgomery wrote. “I want to thank
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Father Storms School and Holds First Grade Teacher Hostage for Hours Before He’s Fatally Shot by Police

Father Storms School and Holds First Grade Teacher Hostage for Hours Before He’s Fatally Shot by Police
A tense hostage standoff ended Tuesday night when a Swat team stormed a San Diego elementary school, fatally shooting a parent who had barricaded himself in a classroom with a 70-year-old teacher for nearly seven hours, People confirms.

The parent, Luvelle Kennon, 27, of Riverside, allegedly held first grade teacher Linda Montgomery against her will in a classroom at Castle View Elementary School before members of the city’s Swat team used flash-bang grenades to enter the room and rescue her, Public Information Officer Ryan Railsback said at a press conference Tuesday night.

Students were at lunch at the time, so
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Glen Campbell Dead at 81 After Alzheimer's Battle

Glen Campbell Dead at 81 After Alzheimer's Battle
Glen Campbell has died. The country legend was 81.

Campbell died Tuesday in Nashville, his family confirmed in a statement posted to his website.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease … In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Glen Campbell Memorial Fund at BrightFocus Foundation through the CareLiving.org donation page.”

The family adds, “A personal statement from Kim Campbell will follow. The family appreciates
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Glen Campbell to Release Final Studio Album Adios: ‘The Songs Flowed Straight from His Heart,’ Says Singer’s Wife

Glen Campbell to Release Final Studio Album Adios: ‘The Songs Flowed Straight from His Heart,’ Says Singer’s Wife
Six years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Glen Campbell — who’s currently in the final stages of the disease — is releasing his final studio album on June 9, People confirms exclusively.

Titled Adiós, the album (available for pre-order here) was recorded in Nashville following the 80-year-old country legend’s diagnosis and subsequent “Goodbye Tour,” the singer’s wife of 34 years, Kim Campbell, shares in the album’s emotional liner notes.

“Glen’s abilities to play, sing and remember songs began to rapidly decline after his diagnosis in 2011,” she writes. “A feeling of urgency grew to get him into the studio
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Trailer: 'The Journey of L.A. Mass' Explores Donald Taylor & His Vision That Changed Gospel Music

The L.A. Mass Choir is an American gospel choir from Los Angeles, CA. The group released several commercially successful albums in the late 1980s and 1990s, and was nominated for Stellar Awards and Gospel Music Excellence Awards. This documentary, "The Journey of L.A. Mass," explores Donald Taylor and his vision that changed Gospel music. Directed by Carl Jackson, check out the film's trailer below.
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“Larry’s Country Diner” guests for February include Charlie Daniels, Rhonda Vincent

If the devil wants to find Charlie Daniels this month, he won’t have any luck going to Georgia. Instead he’ll need to head to Rfd-tv, where Larry’s Country Diner — one of the network’s most popular shows — will host the country great along with other special musical guests this month. Feb. 7 — Rhonda Vincent & The Rage Feb. 14 — Charlie Daniels Feb. 21 — The Church Sisters with Carl Jackson Feb. 28 — The Texas Tenors Larry’s Country Diner airs Thursdays at 8pm, Friday mornings at 10, and Saturday nights at 11pm. Related: Larry’s Country Diner celebrates [...]
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Michel Hazanavicius Wins 2012 DGA Award for "The Artist!" Check Complete List of Winners!

Michel Hazanavicius was the big winner at the 64th annual Directors Guild of America Awards. The director of the fantastic black-and-white silent film "The Artist" took home the award for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film category. Jon Cassar of "The Kennedys" received the 2012 DGA Award for the category of Movies for Television and Mini-Series.

Hosted by Kelsey Grammer, the DGA also honored Ed Sherin with the 2012 Honorary Life Member Award, Katy Garretson with the 2012 Frank Capra Achievement Award, and Dennis Mazzocco with the 2012 Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award.

It is now safe to bet that Hazanavicius will win the Best Director Award Oscar!

Here's the complete list of winners and nominees of the 2012 Directors Guild of America Awards (to check winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Feature Film

*Winner Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

David Fincher,
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DGA’s nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television and Commercials for the year 2011

HollywoodNews.com:Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the DGA’s nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television and Commercials for the year 2011.

?The caliber of work being done on television these days is incredible, and our director nominees in each category are an indispensable element to the success of every project — establishing and enhancing the vision and tone, eliciting outstanding performances and furthering the narrative arc through their creative choices,? said Hackford. ?That they are able to create excellence regardless of obstacles like tighter schedules and in an environment in which audiences have more entertainment options to choose from — is a true testament to the importance of directorial skill in television.?

The winners will be announced at the 64th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.

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Movies For Television And Mini-series

The nominees for the Directors Guild
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Clint Eastwood Features On Star-Studded CD For Mark Twain Museum

Mark Twain might best be remembered for his writings about life on the Mississippi River, featuring his most famous character Huck Finn. When Twain died over 100 years ago, he probably never would have imagined some of the world’s most renowned actors, musicians, authors and entertainers would come together to celebrate his life.

That celebration resulted in a new double-cd set that is burning up the charts and is particularly unique for bringing together personalities like best-selling author and rock star Jimmy Buffett; nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow; multiple Academy Award-winning film director and star Clint Eastwood; best-selling author and radio host Garrison Keillor; and a Who’s Who of Country and Bluegrass music legends including Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Carl Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris, Joe Diffie and more.

Dr. Cindy Lovell, Executive Director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, originally conceived the idea. Her childhood friend, Carl Jackson,
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Directors Guild Awards Announced

The closer we get to the Oscars, the more likely The Social Network may just lose out to the King’s Speech. The Director’s Guild has selected The King’s Speech’s director Tom Hooper as the winner of Outstanding Directorial Achievement this year.

Since 1948, the Academy and the DGA have only disagreed on Best Director six times.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2010:

Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Co.)

Mr. Hooper’s Directorial Team:

Production Manager: Erica Bensly First Assistant Director: Martin Harrison Second Assistant Director: Chris Stoaling

This is Hooper’s first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination. He was previously nominated for the DGA Award for Movies for Television/Miniseries for John Adams in 2008.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for 2010:

Mick Jackson, Temple Grandin (HBO)

Mr. Jackson’s
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Winners of the 63rd Annual DGA Awards

The Directors Guild of America presented the 63rd Annual DGA Awards on Saturday night, January 29, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. The King’s Speech won a key award from Hollywood directors, four days after the British royals drama picked up a leading 12 Oscar nominations.

The film’s director, Tom Hooper, was named winner of the union’s prize for outstanding achievement in feature film at a ceremony in Hollywood, beating competition that included another Oscar favorite, The Social Network director David Fincher. The Directors Guild of America contest also included Christopher Nolan for Inception, Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan and David O. Russell for The Fighter. The second of two movies on thing mentioned also received Oscar nominations, along with Joel and Ethan Coen for True Grit, who were unnoticed by the DGA.

And the six times in 62 years has the winner of the DGA prize not gone
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DGA Honors ‘The King’s Speech’ Director Tom Hooper as Best Director of 2010

DGA Honors ‘The King’s Speech’ Director Tom Hooper as Best Director of 2010
The Directors Guild of America announced its award winners for achievement in 2010 last night, and the big winner was Tom Hooper, director of The King's Speech. That, in conjunction with the film's victory [1] at the Producers Guild awards, puts the movie as the odds-on favorite to win the Best Picture Oscar, and makes Mr. Hooper a likely win for Best Director as well. The DGA and Academy have gone different ways for Best Director only six times in the past six decades, and I'm not certain this year will make it seven. In Contention [2] points to the difference at the 2003 Oscars, where the relatively young Rob Marshall won the DGA award for Chicago over directors like Martin Scorsese and Roman Polanski. But the Academy went with Roman Polanski as Best Director for The Pianist, even as Chicago won Best Picture. So will a more experienced director like Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell
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Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” Wins DGA Awards

HollywoodNews.com: The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2010 were announced tonight during the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Tom Hooper won the DGA’s Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The King’s Speech.

Following the welcome by DGA President Taylor Hackford to an audience of more than 1,600 guests, director/actor Carl Reiner hosted the ceremony.

Presenters included (in alphabetical order): Amy Adams (The Fighter); DGA 75th Anniversary Chair Michael Apted; DGA First Vice President Paris Barclay; 75th Anniversary Co-Chair and 2009 DGA Feature Film Award winner Kathryn Bigelow; Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire); 75th Anniversary Co-Chair James Cameron; Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech); DGA Secretary/Treasurer Gil Cates; 75th Anniversary Co-Chair Francis Ford Coppola; Claire Danes (Temple Grandin); Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception); 75th Anniversary Co-Chair Clint Eastwood; Colin Firth (The King
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Tom Hooper Wins DGA Feature Film Award for The King’S Speech

Los Angeles .The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2010 were announced tonight during the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Tom Hooper won the DGA’s Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The King’s Speech

Following the welcome by DGA President Taylor Hackford to an audience of more than 1,600 guests, director/actor Carl Reiner hosted the ceremony.

Presenters included (in alphabetical order): Amy Adams (The Fighter); DGA 75th Anniversary Chair Michael Apted; DGA First Vice President Paris Barclay; 75th Anniversary Co-Chair and 2009 DGA Feature Film Award winner Kathryn Bigelow; Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire); 75th Anniversary Co-Chair James Cameron; Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech); DGA Secretary/Treasurer Gil Cates; 75th Anniversary Co-Chair Francis Ford Coppola; Claire Danes (Temple Grandin); Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception); 75th Anniversary Co-Chair Clint Eastwood; Colin Firth (The King
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DGA Announces Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series, Dramatic Series, Comedy Series, Musical Variety, Reality Programs, Daytime Serials, Children’s Programs and Commercials for 2010

hollywoodnews.com: Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the DGA’s nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television and Commercials for the year 2010.

‘Whether it’s a 30-second commercial or a multi-part miniseries, television directors are crucial to the success of any television project.’ said Hackford. ‘As the DGA celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, we salute the critical role of the director in TV and are proud to honor the tremendous range of excellence found in the projects nominated today. Congratulations to all of the nominees.’

The winners will be announced at the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.

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Movies For Television And Mini-series

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for 2010 are (in alphabetical order):

Mick Jackson

Temple Grandin

(HBO
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Adrien Brody Fights ‘Predators’ in New Featurette

Last spring, when the first word of a Predators remake dropped, most people were excited because action/horror (kids film?) director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) was rumored to be behind the camera calling the shots. Unfortunately, that rumor turned out to be false, but at least Rodriguez was going to be producing.

Predator franchise fans were all wondering the some thing: Who was going to replace of the cast of muscle-bound guys from the original? There aren’t too many leading men out there right now that can even begin to match the bulk of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Jackson, and Jesse Ventura. So who would it be? Dwayne Johnson, Karl Urban, John Cena?

Predators is a reboot in which some of planet Earth’s most deadly killers are transported to a “game preserve” planet where they are hunted by tribes of Predators. Imagine everyone’s surprise when it was announced
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DGA announces doc, TV, commercial noms

Although Ari Folman's "Waltz With Bashir" did not make the shortlist of 15 films under consideration for the best documentary Oscar, it is among the nominees for the DGA's doc award, announced Friday.

"Waltz" will compete with Gonzalo Arijon's "Stranded: I've Come From a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains," in which survivors of a 1972 Andes plane crash tell their story; Elizabeth Farnsworth and Patricio Lanfranco's "The Judge and the General," a look back at the investigation into the regime of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet; Peter Gilbert & Stevie James' "At the Death House Door," an examination of the wrongful conviction of a Texas man executed for murder; and James Marsh's "Man on Wire," a study of tight-rope walker Philippe Petit.

All the nominees are first-time DGA nominees, with the exception of Gilbert (who won the DGA's doc award in 1998 for "Vietnam: Long Time Coming" and was
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