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June 7, 2009 at 2:42 PM   |   Comments

'Up' holds up, still No. 1

LOS ANGELES, June 7 (UPI) -- "Up" showed it isn't just a one weekend wonder, fending off two new movies to remain No. 1 in U.S. theaters, Box Office Mojo said Sunday.

The animated adventure featuring the voice of Ed Asner pulled in another estimated $44.24 million and has now tallied $137.32 million since opening last weekend.

That was enough to force "The Hangover" and "Land of the Lost" to be content with the No. 2 and No. 3 spots in their opening weekends.

"The Hangover," a Todd Phillips-directed comedy about three groomsmen's weekend of partying in Las Vegas, sold an estimated $43.28 million in tickets, while "Land of the Lost," a science-fiction comedy starring Will Ferrell, managed $19.52 million.

"Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" was No. 4 with $14.65 million in gross receipts, followed by "Star Trek" with $8.4 million.

Next in the top 10 were "Terminator Salvation" at $8.18 million, "Drag Me to Hell" at $7.34 million and "Angels & Demons" at $6.5 million.

Another new movie, "My Life in Ruins," a romantic comedy starring Nia Vardalos and Richard Dreyfuss, started at No. 9 with $3.23 million in estimated sales, while "Dance Flick" came in 10th with $2 million.

Eliminated from the top tier were "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" and "Obsessed."


Lawyer: Shields, Enquirer reach settlement

HACKENSACK, N.J., June 7 (UPI) -- U.S. TV star Brooke Shields and the National Enquirer have reached a settlement over a nursing home incident, an attorney told People magazine exclusively.

Attorney Gerald B. Lefcourt, who represents Shields, said the "Suddenly Susan" actress has agreed to settle with the tabloid over a May incident in which two journalists employed by the Enquirer removed Shields's mother from a New Jersey care facility, People.com reported Saturday.

Shields was furious after learning of the incident involving her 75-year-old mother, Teri, who Shields said has either dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

Lefcourt said under the settlement, the Enquirer agreed not to publish a story on the matter.

"I am very pleased to report that (the) National Enquirer was prevailed upon not to publish a story. Further, it has or will be apologizing publicly. Finally, it has agreed to make a generous donation to further research on dementia and to encourage others to do so," the attorney told People magazine.


Pratt hospitalized during 'Celebrity'

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, June 7 (UPI) -- "The Hills" star Heidi Pratt was hospitalized in Costa Rica while competing in the reality series "I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here," her publicist says.

The unidentified publicist did not offer specific details regarding Pratt's hospitalization, saying only that an unspecified illness had prompted the 22-year-old TV personality's hospitalization, CNN reported Sunday.

Pratt had been competing alongside fellow "Hills" star Spencer Pratt, who she recently married, in the NBC reality competition.

"I'm a Celebrity" forces a group of celebrities to survive in the jungles of Costa Rica, CNN said.

Prior to her hospitalization, Pratt and her husband left the show, but later returned to take part in filming.

"We realized that we made a big mistake and that the devil got to us and said, 'Get out of the jungle,'" Pratt said of the couple's decision to return to the show. "We realized it's not even about us.

"It's about the charity, and it's about the experience here and we took that for granted."


S. Korean girl pop group coming to U.S.

SEOUL, June 7 (UPI) -- Wondergirls, the top female pop group in South Korea, plan a U.S. tour this summer with the Jonas Brothers, promoters said.

The group is also to release an English-language album, The Korea Times reported. It will include English versions of two of its Korean-language hits, "Nobody" and "Tell Me," as well as a song written by the U.S. pop group, the Jonas Brothers.

Like the Jonas Brothers, a boy band from Wyckoff, N.J., the Wondergirls, a five-member group, became a hit on TV. They were featured on "MTV Wondergirls" and became a popular hit in 2007.

Wondergirls will open for the Jonas Brothers on a tour beginning June 27 and continuing into August.

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