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The Hunger Games Reigns Supreme Atop U.S. Box Office
Sci-fi blockbuster The Hunger Games has continued its reign atop the U.S. box office after seeing off the competition for the fourth week in a row.
The much-hyped movie, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth, has now become the first film in three years to hold onto the top spot for one month since James Cameron's Avatar was released in 2009.
The film grossed a total of $21.5 million (£13.4 million) at the weekend (13-15Apr12), bumping its domestic earnings to a staggering $337.5 million (£210.9 million).
The Three Stooges debuted in second place with takings of $17.1 million (£10.7 million) and thriller Cabin in the Woods entered at third after raking in $14.9 million (£9.3 million).
Rounding out the top five were the 3D re-release of Titanic ($11.6 million/£11.2 million) and Jason Biggs' comedy American Reunion ($10.6 million/£6.6 million) in fourth and fifth place, respectively. »
Upton Fronts Anti-bullying Campaign
Sexy supermodel Kate Upton has signed up to front a new anti-bullying campaign.
The Sports Illustrated cover girl has filmed a public service announcement for TheBullyProject.com, urging parents and children to help stamp out bullying in schools.
In the ad, Upton states, "Thirteen million kids will be bullied in the U.S. this year... It's a widespread and serious problem... It's not a phase children should have to go through."
And she also suggests parents should display "model behaviour by treating others with respect". »
Burstyn To Play Weaver's Mum In TV Mini-series
Ellen Burstyn will play Sigourney Weaver's mother in upcoming TV mini-series Political Animals.
The Alien star will play a former First Lady and current Secretary of State, who is struggling with her divorce and the fact she missed out on a presidential bid.
Jimmy Wolk and Gossip Girl's Sebastian Stan will play her character's sons - one her Chief of Staff and the other a drug abuser.
According to CinemaBlend.com, Burstyn's character, Margaret Barrish, is a former Las Vegas showgirl. »
Blake Is Toast Of The 2012 Logie Awards
Comedian Hamish Blake's big win at the 2012 Logie Awards was spoiled on Sunday after the news leaked online just hours before the ceremony.
The funnyman was the toast of the Australian TV prizegiving in Melbourne after receiving the evening's highest honour, the Gold Logie, which is presented to the country's most popular personality.
News of his win was posted online before the stars had even walked the red carpet, but Blake was unaware of his triumph, insisting, "Ultimately all that information was kept from me so it was a genuine surprise. I'm glad too because I am not a great actor."
Also receiving major accolades were Ben Rafter's Hugh Sheridan and Offspring's Asher Keddie, who both walked away with Silver Logies for Most Popular Actor and Actress, respectively.
The Slap star Melissa George took home the prize for Outstanding Actress and Rob Carloton of the Paper Giants took home the same award in the male category.
Rapper Flo Rida and singer Seal provided the entertainment for the evening, while Sir Elton John and Delta Goodrem took the stage to pay tribute to music personality Ian 'Molly' Meldrum, who suffered a severe head injury during a fall in December.
The Rocket Man said, "I know I speak for many artists and music lovers around world when I say thank you, there's no one like you," while Goodrem added, "I refer to Molly as the Godfather, he always watches over me and many other artists."
British boy band One Direction closed out the ceremony with a rendition of One Thing. »
Cibrian Escapes Car Crash Unscathed
Actor Eddie Cibrian escaped serious injury on Saturday after his car crashed into a wall during a celebrity charity race in California.
The Playboy Club star was neck-and-neck with reality star Brody Jenner during the 36th Annual Pro/Celebrity Race in Long Beach when the two crashed in the middle of lap three, destroying Cibrian's vehicle.
He tells EOnline.com, "Carnage happened. It (my car) did a 180!"
The wreck meant the actor came in last place and Jenner was forced to bow out entirely since his car was beyond repair.
Sons of Anarchy's Kim Coates and The Pianist star Adrien Brody were also involved in collisions - Coates dropped out of the race while Brody managed to finish in eighth place.
It was comedian Adam Carolla who saw off the competition to snag first place for a good cause - car company Toyota plans to donate $5,000 (£3,125) in the name of each celebrity and pro driver participant to Racing for Kids, which benefits critically-ill children. »
Matilda The Musical Makes History At 2012 Olivier Awards
Schoolgirl stage show Matilda The Musical made history on Sunday night after scooping seven trophies at Britain's prestigious Olivier Awards.
The West End production took home Best New Musical, Best Director (Matthew Warchus), Best Actor in a Musical (Bertie Carvel), and Best Actress in a Musical, presented jointly to the four child stars who share the title role.
Eleanor Worthington-Cox, who at 10 years old became the youngest Olivier Award winner, said of her win, "That's pretty cool. Scary. But I find that pretty amazing."
Matilda also swept the technical categories for choreography, set design and sound design.
The trophy for Mastercard Best Play went to John Hodge's Collaborators, and taking home the prize for Best Actor were Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, who alternated the roles of scientist and creature in Danny Boyle's Frankenstein.
Ruth Wilson saw off competition from the likes of Kristen Scott Thomas and Celia Imrie to land Best Actress for her performance in Anna Christie.
The cast of Les Miserables was handed the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award, while Anna Christie was named Best Revival and Crazy for You was the Best Musical Revival.
The Olivier Awards, which celebrate the best of the year's British stage shows, was hosted by Sweeney Todd co-stars Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball at London's Royal Opera House.
Matilda The Musical's big evening eclipsed the previous record set in 1980 by Nicholas Nickleby when it brought home six trophies. »
Novak Has Bipolar Disorder
Veteran actress Kim Novak has revealed she suffers from bipolar disorder.
The Vertigo star confessed to having the manic-depressive mood disorder as she gave a speech at the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival in Hollywood on Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
She told the crowd, "I'm bipolar... but there's medicine you can take for this now. I was not diagnosed until much later. I go through more of the depression than the mania part."
The 79 year old also opened up about her bittersweet decision to give up her career in her 1960s heyday, admitting she still has regrets about bowing out of the industry to take up painting.
She added, "I don't think I was ever cut out to have a Hollywood life. Did I do the right thing, leaving? Did I walk out when I shouldn't have? That's when I get sad."
The actress plans to hold an exhibition of her artwork for the first time next year and donate a portion of the proceeds to mental heath organisations.
Novak was in town to cement her hand and footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Saturday. Actresses Debbie Reynolds and Connie Stevens attended the ceremony to show their support. »
Portman Shows Off Sign Language Skills In McCartney Video
Actress Natalie Portman does more than appear in Sir Paul McCartney's new video for My Valentine - she shows off her sign language skills.
The former Beatle premiered the black and white promo - one of three he has directed to accompany his new ballad - at a top secret event in Los Angeles on Friday night.
In the simple video, Portman mimes the lyrics to the song, while signing them.
Another promo features Johnny Depp and a third features both Hollywood stars. »
Richie Embarrassed By Father's Concert Dancing
Nicole Richie was left cringing with embarrassment when she performed with her father Lionel in Las Vegas as she can't stand seeing the singer dance.
The socialite joined the veteran crooner on stage at Sin City's MGM Grand Garden Arena on 2 April to play piano on a track called Climbing, which the star wrote for his daughter when she was six years old.
Nicole sat in the audience for the rest of the show, and admits she was left red-faced as the Hello hitmaker showed off his moves to his upbeat tracks.
She tells Et Online, "I can't really watch my dad dance. It's just very uncomfortable for me. I'm just not really feeling it. So, I was more into the ballads 'cause watching my dad dance - I just get so embarrassed."
However, Lionel was pleased his children were able to see him perform at the tribute concert, which featured duets with stars including Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Jennifer Nettles.
He adds, "I'm very happy that (my children) got a chance to see this because this was dad showing off. I think that meant more to me as a father than anything else." »
Compston's Grief Over Gran's Death
Scottish actor Martin Compston was plunged into mourning as he filmed drama Sister after his beloved grandmother died.
The 27 year old stars alongside Gillian Anderson in the film about two youngsters who steal from the rich and privileged on the Swiss ski slopes.
Compston was shooting in the Swiss Alps when he heard his grandmother had died, and the news hit him hard.
He tells Scotland's Sunday Mail, "We were filming at the top of the Alps and then my gran passed away. Suddenly I was in this place where people didn't speak my language and my gran was dead.
"From being caught up in this really exciting thing, suddenly my feet were pulled away from me. There was nobody to turn to, so I just locked myself away in my room. But I still had to be ready for filming early in the morning." »
Hathaway 'Delays Wedding For Work'
Actress Anne Hathaway has pushed back her plans for a summer wedding because of her work commitments, according to a U.K. report.
The Devil Wears Prada star has been dating Adam Shulman since 2008 and he proposed to the actress late last year.
Hathaway has been busy shooting upcoming Batman film The Dark Knight Rises, which is set for release in July, as well as working on the movie adaptation of Les Miserables, for which she is sporting a new cropped hairstyle and slimline figure.
And Hathaway's busy schedule has forced her to reassess her wedding plans, reports Britain's Mail on Sunday.
A source tells the publication, "Anne's worried there won't be time to get back in shape and grow her hair for a summer wedding. She also has to promote her movie Batman. They are thinking about postponing until later this year or maybe 2013." »
Blanchett Condemns U.K. Tax Relief Cap Proposal
Cate Blanchett has criticised the U.K. government's plan to cap tax relief on charitable donations, fearing the move will threaten philanthropic arts funding.
The Australian actress has urged officials to reconsider a proposal to remove tax breaks for charitable giving, and warns it could mean a "potential curbing of philanthropic giving".
She tells BBC Radio 4, "It's interesting what's happening in London at the moment, with the potential curbing of philanthropic giving. I think it's really important when it's increasingly hard to be seen to be justified giving money to the arts that a culture of philanthropy is really encouraged.
"I don't think it's just about the money. I think it's about creating an atmosphere of excitement around people who are connected to the work financially."
The new plan will see tax relief on charitable donations capped at 25 per cent of the individual's income. »
Seyfried 'Splits From Hartnett'
Actress Amanda Seyfried has reportedly split from Josh Hartnett after a brief romance.
Reports about their relationship emerged last month, with a source telling UsWeekly they were introduced by a mutual friend in January and the couple had been dating ever since.
Seyfried has been filming new movie musical Les Miserables in England and has now decided to end the romance with New York-based Hartnett because of the distance between them, reports Britain's Mail on Sunday.
A source tells the publication, "Amanda's been flying home to Los Angeles when she's not in the studio. She has been trying to see Josh but it hasn't worked. She decided to end things." »
Monk Sues Over Car Crash
Australian actress Sophie Monk has taken legal action after a car crash in 2010 left her temporarily wheelchair-bound.
The blonde star has filed papers at Los Angeles County Superior Court claiming she was left with "severe injuries" following the smash in L.A.
Monk is suing the driver of the other car, Delvinder Sing Bains, alleging she was unable to work in the aftermath of the crash and also faced hefty medical bills, reports TMZ.com.
Monk is suing for unspecified damages. »
Spanish King Undergoes Hip Surgery After Fall
Spanish monarch Juan Carlos I has undergone hip replacement surgery after he fell down a flight of stairs during an elephant hunting trip in Botswana.
The king's accident happened in the African republic on Friday and he was repatriated to Spain in a 10-hour journey by private jet for the operation.
The surgery, at Madrid's San Jose hospital on Saturday, was a success.
An official statement reveals the royal sustained "a fracture in three fragments of the right hip, associated with osteoarthritis of that joint." »
Bruno Seeks Help Over Fears Of Bipolar Relapse
Boxing icon Frank Bruno has sought professional help after he "started showing" signs his bipolar disorder has returned, according to his agent.
Britain's Sun on Sunday reports the legendary fighter's friends became concerned about his wellbeing and called in mental health experts.
A source told the publication, "He was acting really strange. He had become convinced that anyone he talked to was trying to take his money. It's really sad because everyone loves Frank and we are all hoping he gets better soon."
Police and medics were reportedly called to Bruno's home in Bedfordshire, England on Wednesday but the star was not at the property and the following day, he left willingly and is now receiving care in an undisclosed health unit.
Bruno's agent Dave Davies says, "Frank hasn't been sectioned. He started showing tendencies of bipolar. From what I understand he went of his own accord into a clinic.
"He needs a couple of weeks' good rest. He is absolutely shattered. With his condition, Frank needs to take more care of himself.
"When he comes out of his house every morning he is on show. He doesn't criticise that or moan because it is the public that have put him where he is. But as an outsider watching Frank non-stop I feel he needs a good rest.
"Sometimes we all need a few days off to recharge our batteries. That's what Frank is doing."
In 2003, Bruno was sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983 and underwent psychological and psychiatric tests, and was later diagnosed as bipolar. »
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