In its second week of release, strong word-of-mouth and positive reviews propelled ‘The Help’ past ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ to take thenumber one spot at the box office this weekend, while ‘Apes’ moved to the number two slot.
‘The Help’ earned $20.5 million, while ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ pulled in $16.3 million.
‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ was number one again this week, joining ‘Thor’ and ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ as one of only three films this summer to hold the top spot for two weekends in a row.
The film adaptation of the best-selling novel, ‘The Help,’ came in second, with horror flick ‘Final Destination 5,’ previous weekend box-office champ ‘The Smurfs,’ and the low-budget action comedy ’30 Minutes or Less’ rounding out the top five.
Aside from voiceover work in the ‘Shrek’ franchise, the last time Mike Myers headlined on the big screen was in 2008′s disastrous box-office and critical flop, ‘The Love Guru.’
Now, the ‘Saturday Night Live’ alum is going back to the tried and true. He’s signed on to reprise the randy, dental-hygienically-challenged British spy Austin Powers in a fourth installment of the movie series.
In a prayer before Saturday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Nashville, Tennessee, Pastor Joe Nelms name-checked several big sponsors and supporters of the sport, thanking the Almighty for things like “GM performance technology,” “Goodyear tires” — and of course his “smoking hot wife Lisa.” He wraps up the whole thing “in Jesus’ name, boogity boogity boogity, amen.”
Mosaic artist Jason Mecier believes when you call a celebrity “trashy,” you should mean it.
As part of his Celebrity Junkdrawers collection, Mecier makes incredibly creative portraits of stars using things the rest of us would normally throw away (one man’s trash is another man’s…Kathy Griffin visage).
Team USA had already beaten Japan three times this year, but this was the game that mattered most.
The American women, seeking their first World Cup title since 1999, dominated during much of the final game on Sunday. They outshot Japan by a 29-12 margin and a 6-3 margin on goal and led twice. But in the end, after two 15-minute extra time periods, the teams were tied up at 2-2 – and it all came down to penalty kicks.
In news that will surprise exactly no one, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2′ completely dominated this weekend’s box office. The final film in the Potter franchise banked a record-breaking $168.6 million opening weekend, with $92 million on Friday alone.
That number surpasses the previous record holder, ‘The Dark Knight,’ which opened to $158.4 million in 2008.
“I’m too old for cartwheels, but it’s close,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros.’ president for domestic distribution. “At the same time it’s bittersweet. It’s also the end of a great franchise, and we’ve watched these talented kids grow up.”
’70s rock icon Peter Frampton and his third wife, Christina Elfers, are divorcing. He’s asked for visitation rights to his 15-year-old daughter, Mia, but otherwise requests that his estranged spouse retain physical custody.
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