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Oct. 2, 2011 at 2:00 PM   |   Comments

'Dophin Tale' leaps to top box office spot

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- "Dophin Tale," starring Harry Connick Jr. and Ashley Judd, jumped from No. 3 to the top spot at the U.S. box office during the weekend, grossing $14.2 million.

"Moneyball," starring Brad Pitt and Robin Wright, claimed the No. 2 spot in its second week at $12.5 million, while the 3-D re-release of the 1994 animated feature "The Lion King" dropped from No. 1 to No. 3 at $11 million.

All studio estimates of gross U.S. box office receipts are via Box Office Mojo.

"50/50" was fourth with $8.9 million; "Courageous" fifth with $8.8 million; "Dream House" sixth with $8.2 million; "Abduction" seventh with $5.7 million; "What's Your Number?" eighth with $5.6 million; and "Contagion" ninth with $5 million.

"Killer Elite" rounded out the Top 10 with $4.9 million.


John Wayne memorabilia going on block

HOLLYWOOD, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- John Wayne's son says it is time to auction off some of his late father's Hollywood memorabilia to fans who will appreciate it.

Scripts, letters and wardrobe items from Wayne's vast body of work go on the block in Los Angeles this week at the first public auction of items from the film legend's estate.

"I just thought it was natural to let some of this go out and live with people who will really appreciate it," Ethan Wayne told CBS News.

The items include the eye patch Wayne wore in his Oscar-winning role in "True Grit," but Ethan said his dad's Presidential Medal of Freedom would not be up for sale.


Elizabeth Hurley to marry Aussie cricketer

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Actress Elizabeth Hurley announced her engagement to Australian cricket star Shane Warne in Scotland Sunday.

The announcement was made in 21st century style on the couple's respective Twitter feeds, CNN said.

The couple made the announcement in Scotland, where Warne was playing in a golf tournament. They then celebrated their decision with guests at the historic St. Andrews' Old Course Hotel.

"Thanks for all your congratulations," the announcement said. There was no announcement on a wedding date.

Hurley, 46, made Hollywood's A-list in the 1990s with roles in "Austin Powers" and "Bedazzled" and divorced husband Arun Nayar earlier this year. Warne is 42 and considered one of the top cricketers Down Under.


TV Land marks 'Van Dyke' gold anniversary

NEW YORK, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- TV Land has acquired the rights to rerun episodes of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" starting this week, the network announced.

The black-and-white episodes starring Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore will begin airing Monday to mark the 50th anniversary of the show's premier on Oct. 3, 1961.

The network said the plan called for the airing of the 36 creme-de-la-creme episodes starring Van Dyke as sitcom writer Rob Petrie and Moore as his feisty wife, Laura. Comedy icon Carl Reiner was the creator of the series, which marked a new phase in the evolution of television comedies after the 1950s.

"TV Land is dedicated to showing the best in sitcoms throughout the decades," Executive Vice President Jacklyn Cohen said in a statement. "The Petries were a mainstay of the network for quite some time so we're so glad to welcome them home."


Disney World marks 40th anniversary

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Disney World says it will wrap up the festivities marking the 40th anniversary of the Florida park's opening with an extended fireworks show Sunday.

Scores of visitors have been packing Disney World all weekend as part of the anniversary celebration of its opening day on Oct. 1, 1971.

There was plenty of commemorative merchandise to be snapped up by souvenir hunters, and the park's guidebook was patterned after the original park map issued in the 1970s, the Orlando Sentinel said.

Saturday's big event was a mass sing-along of the classic "When You Wish Upon a Star" at Cinderella's Castle.

Park President Meg Crofton and Vice President Phil Holmes also made brief remarks that saluted the past and also the future, symbolized by the ongoing expansion of Fantasyland. "That will be another part of our legacy that goes on and on," said Holmes, who was a ticket-taker on the first day.

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