'Ralph' leads weekend U.S. box office
LOS ANGELES, D.C., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The animated "Wreck-It Ralph" took in a whopping $49.1 million to lead the U.S. weekend box office.
"Flight." starring Denzel Washington, was a respectable but distant second with $25.01 million.
All studio estimates of gross U.S. receipts are via Box Office Mojo.
"Argo" was third with $10.245 million; "The Man with the Iron Fists" fourth with $8.219 million; "Taken 2" fifth with $6 million; "Cloud Atlas" sixth with $5.250 million; the animated "Hotel Transylvania" seventh with $4.5 million; "Paranormal Activity 4" eighth with $4.3 million; "Here Comes the Boom" ninth with $3.6 million.
And "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D" 10th with $3.3 million.
Hurricane Sandy telethon raises $23M
NEW YORK, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A telethon featuring Bruce Springsteen raised $23 million to benefit the American Red Cross recovery effort for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, organizers said.
The star-studded event featured performances by Sting, Christina Aguilera, Billy Joel and Bon Jovi, a news release from the Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together telethon said.
Actors Tina Fey, Kevin Bacon, Whoopi Goldberg and Danny DeVito also took part in the appeal, which aired Friday evening on NBC.
"We are incredibly grateful and humbled by this outpouring of support for those who are suffering as a result of Superstorm Sandy," said American Red Cross Officer Peggy Dyer.
"Our preliminary results of nearly $23 million raised are an extraordinary example of how the American people pull together in times of disaster. Their generous donations will go directly to those in need, and we urge the public to continue to give," she added.
Louis C.K.: New York felt dead
NEW YORK, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Comedian Louis C.K. said it felt like New York City was dead as he walked through its pitch-black streets during filming for "Saturday Night Live."
The comedian, who hosted the comedy sketch television show for the first time Saturday, wrote an email to fans hours before the show about the challenge the hurricane brought to New Yorkers last week, The Hollywood Reporter said.
"Last night we shot some pre-tape segments in Greenwich Village, which was pitch black dark for blocks and blocks, as it has been for a week now," Louis C.K. wrote.
"... And for me, the village being the very place that made me into a comedian and a man, to walk through the heart of it and feel like, in a way, it was dead. I can't tell you how that felt."
"And you also had a palpable sense that inside each dark window was a family or a student or an artist or an old woman living alone, just being int he dark and waiting for the day to come back. Like we were all having one big sleep over, but not so much fun as that," he added.
He wrote that children were in the "Saturday Night Live" studios all week because parents had nowhere to leave them during the storm and after effects.
"Many people are sharing lodging. Everyone is tired. But there's this feeling here that we've got to put on a great show. I'm sure it feels like that here every week. But wow. I feel really lucky to be sharing this time with these particular good folks here at SNL," he said.
Judge drops lawsuit against Bristol Palin
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A judge tossed out a defamation suit filed by a Los Angeles man against Bristol Palin after a confrontation between the two on her reality television show.
Stephen Hawks filed a suit against Palin and A&E, the parent company of Lifetime, where Palin's reality television show, "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp," appeared, TMZ reported.
An episode featured Hanks telling Palin her mother, Sarah, was "evil" and a "whore" in a Hollywood bar. Palin responded, saying the man way gay.
Hanks sued, first saying he never signed a waiver to appear on the show, second, the show invaded his privacy by revealing he is gay and third, his reputation was hurt when Palin said his comments caused her to move from Los Angeles back to Alaska.
The judge dropped the suit, saying the show was protected by the First Amendment and that Hanks' privacy was not violated because his status as a gay man was public information on his social media accounts.
The judge ordered Hanks to pay for Palin's attorney fees, TMZ reported.