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June 27, 2010 at 1:54 PM   |   Comments

'Toy Story 3' still No. 1 in U.S.

LOS ANGELES, June 27 (UPI) -- "Toy Story 3" is still going strong in U.S. theaters, taking the No. 1 sport for the second weekend in a row, estimated box office figures indicated Sunday.

Box Office Mojo said the animated children's film pulled in another $59 million this weekend, pushing its two-week total to $226.6 million.

Two new movies, "Grown Ups" and "Knight & Day," busted out at Nos. 2 and 3. "Grown Ups," a comedy about high school friends (Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, Chris Rock and David Spade) reuniting after their basketball coach's death, raked in an estimated $41 million in ticket sales, while "Knight & Day," an espionage comedy with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in the starring roles, tallied $20.5 million.

Two remakes, "The Karate Kid" and "The A-Team," both dropped two spots to third and fourth with $15.4 million and $6 million, respectively.

Rounding out the Top 10 were "Get Him to the Greek" at $3 million, "Shrek Forever After" at $2.9 million, "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" at $2.8 million, "Killers" with $2 million and "Jonah Hex" taking in $1.6 million.

"Iron Man 2" fell out of the top tier this week after eight weeks there; "Marmaduke" after four.


Michael Jackson's glove sells for $160,000

LAS VEGAS, June 27 (UPI) -- A glove studded with Swarovski crystals worn by the late Michael Jackson sold for $160,000 at an auction at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Bidding on the item Friday started at $31,000 and within seconds, soared past $100,000, the Las Vegas Sun reported. Julien's Auctions, which offered the glove as part of its annual summer sale, had expected the glove to go for $20,000 to $30,000.

But Los Angeles resident Wanda Kelley raised the stakes and took home the prize for $160,000. She told the Sun she would have gone even higher, but declined to reveal what her cutoff price would have been.

"Let's just say I wasn't walking out of here without that glove," said Kelley, who also won most of the Jackson gold records being auctioned off.

Auction owner Darren Julien said the 251 lots of Jackson memorabilia sold on Friday -- the first anniversary of the singer's death -- brought in $1.98 million, almost double than what was expected.


Actress Mena Suvari marries in Itay

VATICAN CITY, June 27 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Mena Suvari and concert producer Simone Sestito have tied the knot in Vatican City, a guest told People magazine.

The couple said their "I dos" during a "truly unique" ceremony conducted in a private church, the unidentified guest said.

People said Suvari and Sestito met at the Toronto Film Festival in 2007 and announced their engagement in 2008.

Sestito, 25, told People in 2008, "We just understood each other."

Suvari, 31, next hits the big screen in "You May Not Kiss the Bride" with Dave Annable, People said.


ASCAP honors top R&B, hip-hop artists

LOS ANGELES, June 27 (UPI) -- "We Belong Together" won Song of the Decade at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers 23rd annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in Los Angeles.

More than 650 songwriters, artists, producers and other industry bigwigs attended the ASCAP festivities at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Saturday night, the U.S. performing rights group said in a news release.

Songwriters Jermaine Dupri, Johnta Austin and Manuel Seal took home the decade award for "We Belong Together" while Ne-Yo, C. "Tricky" Stewart and The-Dream were named Songwriters of the Year.

The top song award went to "Blame It" by Christopher Henderson, Brandon "Note" Melancon, The-Dream, C. "Tricky" Stewart and Nate Walka. Ernest Estee Bullock's "Souled Out" was named top gospel song.

Drake's hit "The Best I Ever Had" garnered two awards for writer Matthew "Boi-1da" Samuels and EMI Music Publishing was named Publisher of the Year for its 22 award-winning songs.

Rapper Eminem made a surprise appearance as his mentor, Dr. Dre, was honored with ASCAP's Founders Award. Singer, songwriter, producer, and performer Janelle Monae was presented with the group's Vanguard Award.

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