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Aug. 6, 2012 at 1:50 PM   |   Comments

Portman and Millepied wed in Big Sur

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman married French dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied in Big Sur, Calif., during the weekend.

The couple met on the set of the 2010 ballet film "Black Swan," were engaged for two years and are the parents of a 14-month-old son.

People.com said Portman and Millepied exchanged vows after dark in a Jewish ceremony at a private home Saturday night.

UsMagazine.com said Macaulay Culkin and Ivanka Trump were among the 100 or so guests who attended.


Gabby Douglas' mom filed for bankruptcy

NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas' mother filed for bankruptcy months before the Olympian won gold in London, bankruptcy documents show.

Natalie Hawkins filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Virginia, with assets totaling $163,706.10 and debt totaling $79,754.14, TMZ reported.

The Olympian's mother owes Capital One $1,534, Sprint $158, T-Mobile $413, an Iowa orthodontist $408 and $4,350 in student loan debt, the documents said.

Hawkins agreed to paying a monthly fee of $408 to a trustee who will divide it among her creditors, the documents said.


No 'Diner' at Curran in San Francisco

NEW YORK, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Producers of the musical "Diner" said they have canceled plans to test the show in San Francisco ahead of its Broadway debut in April.

Instead of performing the musical as a tryout at the Curran in San Francisco in October and November, the production will stay in New York City with a plan to rearrange the staging to fit a smaller venue, Variety reported.

With the current logjam in Broadway real estate, producers said they were concerned they wouldn't be able to secure a New York venue as large as the 1,650-seat Curran.

It's likely "Diner" will find itself in a smaller house usually reserved for plays between 1,000 and 1,200 seats. If so, producers said they wouldn't have had time to readjust the show following a San Francisco run, Variety reported.

Producers said they still hope to take the show to San Francisco for a tryout stint at a smaller venue before opening April 10 in New York.


'Porn in the Hood' does well at box office

PARIS, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The French comedy "Porn in the Hood" has grossed $5.85 million since it was released, becoming the No. 1 French-language film in France, Variety said.

The film, directed by Franck Gastambide, focuses on three people who grew up together in a housing project outside of Paris as they embark on a mission to become porn stars, Variety reported.

Released July 11 by Gaumont Film Company, the film is the No. 1 French-language film in France, and is ranked fifth at the box office, behind "The Dark Knight Rises," "Ice Age: Continental Drift," "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax."

Francois Clerc, head of marketing at Gaumont, said "Hood" has beaten the studio's expectations.

"When we boarded 'Hood,' our goal was to sell 500,000 tickets total at the box office. We've already sold nearly 620,000 tickets in two weeks," Clerc says.

"Hood," which stars Gastambide, Medi Sadoun, Jib Pocthier and Ramzy Bedia, is based off a popular Web series, "Kaira Shopping," Clerc said, which added to its popularity at the box office.

"When you build a marketing campaign for a film based on a [well-known] Web series, you have a vast existing fan base, and that's a huge advantage compared with other projects," says Clerc, pointing to the film's 220,000 fans on Facebook and 6,000 Twitter followers.

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