PHILADELPHIA – Michael Vick is barred from owning a dog for a year and a half, but the star quarterback’s comment that he’d like to bring one into his house generated renewed outrage — and support.

The convicted dogfighting ring operator told the news site TheGrio.com that he genuinely cares about animals and would like to have one for a pet again.

“I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process,” he said.

Vick has made similar statements before, but this time it seemed to have grabbed considerable attention.

Vick served 18 months in prison after being convicted in 2007. A federal judge also sentenced him to three years probation, ending in May 2012. One of the terms: He could not own dogs during that time.

Since Vick was released from prison, he’s become a touchstone for a deep debate: Can people who do bad things be redeemed?

“I really mean what I say. I don’t have a problem. I’m not a psychopath. I’m not crazy. I’m a human being,” Vick said Thursday.

“What happened in my past and what I did in the culture I grew up in doesn’t shape and mold me as the person I am now. …

I’m just saying I wish I could because my kids ask me every day. It’s more so for them than for me.”

Star of ‘The Tourist’ becomes a real tourist

MADRID – Angelina Jolie is taking advantage of her Spain promotional trip for “The Tourist” to drink in Spanish culture with her family.

She brought along husband Brad Pitt and their six children to hit the country’s famed museums and also to enjoy tasty Spanish food.

Jolie told reporters she loves “Madrid and Barcelona mainly for art and great food.” Co-star Johnny Depp says he’s looking forward to seeing Pablo Picasso’s iconic “Guernica” painting.

“The Tourist” was nominated for Golden Globes awards in best picture, best musical comedy actor and actress.

Spacey adds a comic side to Abramoff role

WASHINGTON – Kevin Spacey not only transforms into disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff in “Casino Jack,” he gets to imitate former Presidents Clinton and Reagan, Al Pacino and many others.

In an interview with the Associated Press Spacey said, “Everyone talked about how he (Abramoff) always did impressions, he was always quoting movies, he was very, very personable, very funny, and I didn’t think there was enough of that in the script,” so Spacey added several impersonations.

Spacey says he developed his own knack for imitating other people when he was young.

Oscar momentum builds

LOS ANGELES – “The King’s Speech” and “The Fighter” continued to build Oscar momentum Thursday as each film picked up four Screen Actors Guild award nominations. Jeff Bridges and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld received nods for “True Grit” as did Robert Duvall for “Get Low” after those films were ignored in Tuesday’s Golden Globes nominations, but neither movie made the cut for the actors group’s top award.

“The Social Network” received two nominations, one for lead Jesse Eisenberg and the other for cast, seen by many as SAG’s version of best-picture Academy Award. “Black Swan,” “The Fighter,” “The Kids Are All Right” and “The King’s Speech” rounded out the cast category.