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'Snow White' reigns over U.S. box office

LOS ANGELES, June 3 (UPI) -- "Snow White and the Huntsman," starring Charlize Theron among others, took the No. 1 spot at the U.S. box office this weekend with $56.25 million.

The dark fantasy pushed "Men in Black 3," starring Will Smith, with $29.3 million into second place.

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

"Marvel's The Avengers" was third with $20.27 million; "Battleship" fourth with $4.81 million; "The Dictator" fifth with $4.72 million; "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" sixth for $4.6 million; "What to Expect When You're Expecting" seventh with $4.43 million; "Dark Shadows" eighth with $3.86 million; and "Chernobyl Diaries" ninth with $3.04 million.

"For Greater Glory" rounded out the top 10 with $1.8 million.


Leanne Mitchell wins Britain's 'The Voice'

LONDON, June 3 (UPI) -- More than 7 million people watched as Leanne Mitchell was crowned the winner of BBC singing reality television show, "The Voice," the British network said.

The 28-year-old from Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, was mentored by Tom Jones, and beat out three other contestants to win a record contract on Saturday's live show, the BBC reported.

"It gives me confidence that there is justice in this world," Jones said of the win.

The overnight ratings for Saturday's final earned just over half the 13.1 million viewers who tuned in for the "Britain's Got Talent" final in May, the BBC reported Sunday. That makes "The Voice" the highest-rating debut for a BBC program on record, said a BBC spokeswoman, whose name was not reported.

Ratings peaked earlier in the season at more than 10 million viewers, but had dropped to 4.5 million by last week, BBC reported.

BBC One controller Danny Cohen said producers will look for ways to improve the series in the future.

"We'll take away a few things from the live shows to tinker with for series two," he said.


Lawyer: Mueller 'doing fine' in rehab

LOS ANGELES, June 3 (UPI) -- Brooke Mueller, the ex-wife of U.S. actor Charlie Sheen, is back in rehab, though her lawyer said "she is doing fine" and "Sheen has nothing to do with" it.

Mueller's lawyer, Yale Galanter, told E! News his client has been in in-patient rehabilitation for close to three weeks, but she never suffered a relapse of her drug addiction.

"When Brooke did her final sentencing [May 22], she did it by phone because she was in rehab at the time. This was all discussed in open court," he said. "This [rehab] was a pre-planned event."

"This process began when she entered in December and now this is part of her after-care program. Her overall treatment plan was always contemplated to be a year. She goes back every once in a while for what I call tuneups or maintenance," Galanter added. "Otherwise, she is doing fine ... [she] has to pee in a cup three or four days a week."

Galanter dispelled rumors the former "Two and a Half Men" actor was involved with Mueller's return to rehab. In fact, he said, the former couple, who have twin sons together, are doing "really well" and "are very close."

"I am speaking out because Charlie and Brooke and everyone just couldn't stand the rumors anymore. Charlie has nothing to do with her being in rehab again," Galanter said.


Tintin cover fetches $1.6M at auction

PARIS, June 3 (UPI) -- A private collector paid a record $1.6 million at a Paris auction for a rare 1932 cover drawing of a Tintin comic book, the BBC reported.

The "Tintin in America" cover, hand-drawn by Belgian writer and illustrator Herge -- real name Georges Remi -- is one of only five such remaining works by the artist, who died in 1983. Only two of the covers are in private hands.

The drawing was done with Indian ink and gouache, and depicts the young adventurer dressed as a cowboy siting with his dog as American Indians creep up on them.

The same cover was previously auctioned off in 2008 for more than $943,000, the BBC reported.

The sale was part of a larger auction of Tintin memorabilia, including draft sketches of Tintin and a copy of "Explorers on the Moon," signed by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, the first men to reach the moon.

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