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May 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM   |   Comments

'Avengers' storms the box office again

LOS ANGELES, May 13 (UPI) -- "Avengers" racked up another $103.2 million at the North American box office in its second weekend of release, Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.

The superhero ensemble picture passed the $1 billion mark worldwide in 19 days, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Coming in at No. 2 at the domestic box office is "Dark Shadows" with $28.8 million, followed by "Think Like a Man" at No. 3 with $6.3 million, "The Hunger Games" at No. 4 with $4.4 million and "The Lucky One" at No. 5 with $4.1 million, Exhibitor Relations said.

Rounding out the top tier are "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" at No. 6 with $3.2 million, "The Five-Year Engagement" at No. 7 with $3.1 million, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" at No. 8 with $2.7 million, "Chimpanzee" at No. 9 with $1.6 million and "Girl in Progress" at No. 10 with $1.4 million.


Lil Boosie acquitted of murder charge

BATON ROUGE, La., May 13 (UPI) -- A Louisiana jury has acquitted Torrence Hatch, the rapper known as Lil Boosie, of a first-degree murder charge.

MTV.com said the verdict was announced Friday after a week of testimony and deliberation.

The charge stemmed from a 2009 case, in which the 29-year-old hip-hop artist had been accused of ordering Michael "Marlo Mike" Louding to kill Terry Boyd.

Boyd, 35, was shot to death at his home in Baton Rouge in 2009.

MTV.com reported prosecutors and police said Louding told them he killed Boyd at Hatch's behest. But Louding testified at trial he didn't shoot Boyd and was with Hatch at Hatch's home the night Boyd was killed.

It is unclear what charges Louding might face for his alleged involvement in the shooting.

Hatch is serving an eight-year jail sentence for non-related drug charges.


Season 10 of 'Two and a Half Men' ordered

LOS ANGELES, May 13 (UPI) -- CBS has ordered a 10th season of its sitcom "Two and a Half Men," starring Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Jones and Cryer have been on the series since it began, but Kutcher joined "Men" last season after original lead Charlie Sheen was fired mid-way through Season 8 for his erratic behavior and drug use.

Show sources told the entertainment industry trade newspaper Kutcher, Cryer and Jones will get small raises to return for the 2012-13 television season.

Lee Aronsohn is leaving his post of show-runner and writer-producers Don Reo and Jim Patterson will take over for Season 10, The Hollywood Reporter said.


Amber Riley wraps up 'Glee' role

LOS ANGELES, May 13 (UPI) -- American actress-singer Amber Riley said via Twitter she has wrapped her role of Mercedes on the popular music-themed series "Glee."

"Access Hollywood" said her character will graduate at the end of the current third season of the show.

"That's a wrap on Amber Riley! Just closed a chapter in my life, the only thing I've known day in and day out for three years," the actress tweeted last Wednesday.

"I'm going to miss the whole Glee family, seeing them everyday," she said. "I have so many brothers and sisters now :) But I am looking forward to a much needed and deserved summer vacation! SCHOOL'S OUT Glee Kids! Let's play! ... Stay tuned to see what's next for Mercedes."

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