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April 15, 2012 at 2:00 PM   |   Comments

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'Hunger' keeps on rolling at box office

LOS ANGELES, April 15 (UPI) -- "The Hunger Games" won the top U.S. box office spot for the fourth weekend in a row with $21.5 million in receipts.

"Games" stars Jennifer Lawrence and an ensemble cast.

"The Three Stooges," from the Farrelly brothers, was No. 2 with $17 million, "nyuk, nyuk, nyuk."

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

"The Cabin in the Woods" was third with $14.85 million; "Titanic 3D" fourth with more than $11.62 million; "American Reunion" fifth with $10.7 million; "Mirror Mirror" sixth with $7 million; "Wrath of the Titans" seventh with more than $6.9 million; "21 Jump Street" eighth with $6.8 million; and "Lockout" ninth with $6.25 million.

"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" was 10th with $3.02 million.


Reward for Petty's stolen classic guitars

CULVER CITY, Calif., April 15 (UPI) -- Tom Petty has attached a $7,500 "no questions asked" reward for the return of five classic guitars stolen from a California soundstage, his Web site said.

The irreplaceable axes were taken Friday from a Culver City soundstage where Petty and the Heartbreakers had been rehearsing in preparation of their 2012 tour of North America and Europe which starts Wednesday in Broomfield, Colo., the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

Sgt. Dan Sukal of the Culver City Police Department said the guitars were reported missing from the Culver Studios Thursday just after 4 p.m.

The stolen guitars include Petty's 1967 12-string Rickenbacker and his Gibson SG TV Junior, Scott Thurston's 1967 Epiphone Sheridan, Ron Blair's Fender Broadcaster, and Mike Campbell's blue Dusenberg, custom built for the guitarist to venerate the band's 30th anniversary.

It was a hard blow for a man mesmerized by the magic of what six strings could do.

"I fell in love with the guitar when I was 15. I still love the guitar as much as I did then. There are only six strings and 20 frets but there is a whole world of mystery and inspiration in this instrument," Campbell said.


Latino network El Rey to launch

LOS ANGELES, April 15 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Robert Rodriquez says his new cable television network El Rey is the culmination of a 20-year "journey" with Latino audiences.

The director of "El Mariachi," "Spy Kids" and other features said the new Latino network will launch sometime between September 2013 and January 2014, CNN reported Saturday.

"I've been on this journey for 20 years now ... and this seems to be the reason," Rodriguez said Friday at the annual meeting of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers.

The El Rey network will allow Latino filmmakers to tell stories about the Latino community, he said, but would also appeal to general audiences.

"What's great about this is that no one is doing this for an audience that is growing so fast," Rodriguez said.

"When you think that there's nothing on television like this, it boggles the mind."

The El Rey network will offer "an action-packed, general entertainment network in English for Latino and general audiences that includes a mix of reality, scripted and animated series, movies, documentaries, news, music, comedy, and sports programming," Comcast, which will carry the network, said.


Celebrity spotting at Coachella day two

COACHELLA, Calif., April 15 (UPI) -- Celebrity-spotters said they were busy at the final day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California.

Katy Perry, Rihanna, David Hasselhoff, Pierce Brosnan, Vanessa Hudgens, Jared Leto and Lindsay Lohan showed up Saturday, the final day of the 2012 festival to join the crowds taking in the music, EW reported.

Second-day headliners Radiohead pleased festival-goers with 20 songs of high-tech, hypnotic music to an enormous crowd that stretched half-way across the entire festival space.

They started their set with "Bloom" and finished up with "Paranoid Android."

Earlier, Noel Gallagher appeared on the main Coachella stage with his new band High Flying Birds, in support of his first album since his breakup with brother Liam and their band, Oasis three years ago.

A not-entirely-friendly crowd shouted question about the whereabouts of Liam, which Noel Gallagher chose to ignore as the band played through its set, ending with "Don't Look Back in Anger," which drew a cheer from the assembled fans.

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