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March 10, 2013 at 4:47 PM   |   Comments

'Oz' rakes in a whopping $80 million

LOS ANGELES, March 10 (UPI) -- "Oz The Great and Powerful," starring James Franco and Mila Kunis, swept the weekend box office with $80.278,million in receipts.

Another fantasy, "Jack the Giant Slayer," starring Nicholas Hoult and Ewan McGregor, was a distant second with $10.02 million.

All studio estimates of gross North American receipts are via Box Office Mojo.

"Identity Thief" was third with $6.319 million; "Dead Man Down," fourth with $5.350 million; "Snitch" fifth with $5.1 million; "21 and Over" sixth with $5.056 million; "Safe Haven" seventh with $3.8 million; "Silver Linings Playbook" eighth with $3.745 million; and "Escape From Planet Earth" ninth with $3.207 million.

"The Last Exorcism Part II" rounded out the top 10 with $3.12 million.


One Direction pulls tattoo request

LONDON, March 10 (UPI) -- One Direction representatives said the band has been forced to delete a social media request for fans to submit footage of their "real tattoos" of the group.

Those that submitted the footage would have a chance of appearing in the band's upcoming film, Sky News reported.

The band tweeted: "Have a real #1D tattoo? Show us! Submit a 90 sec YouTube video to 1d3dfan@gmail.com and show us why you should be in the @1D3Dmovie!"

"This tweet was posted in error and has now been removed. One Direction do not want to encourage any of their fans to get 1D tattoos."

Many objected to the request, which was posted on Facebook and Twitter, as many that follow the band are under the age of 18.

"Okay One Direction, I love you guys to pieces I really do, but promoting young girls to get a tattoo?," Julia Zwagerman, a Facebook fan of the group, said of the request.

Some members of the band have recently begun displaying hipster tattoos on their bodies, Sky News reported.


'I got bronchitis' woman sues Apple

OKLAHOMA CITY, March 10 (UPI) -- An Oklahoma woman whose TV news interview after a fire went viral is suing Apple after a mashup of her words was put to music and sold on iTunes.

Sweet Brown, aka Kimberly Wilkens, was captured by KFOR-TV, Oklahoma City, ranting after her apartment caught fire. Her assertion that the smoke gave her bronchitis and, "Ain't nobody got time for that!" caught on and a Seattle radio station called to interview Wilkens. They set the interview to music and began selling it on iTunes.

Court records show the song, "I got bronchitis," was for sale on iTunes from April 16 to June 29, The (Oklahoma City) Oklahoman said Sunday. It doesn't say how many times it was downoaded.

Wilkens said she never gave consent to her image or words being set to music. Initially, the suit by Wilkens and business partner Sparkell Adams sought $15 million from Apple but a revised filing doesn't say how much the women want.

The suit also names the radio station employees and the San Antonio-based company that owns the station.


Rihanna postpones concert in Boston

BOSTON, March 10 (UPI) -- Pop star Rihanna has been forced to cancel her concert in Boston Sunday night after she contracted laryngitis, officials said.

Rihanna was scheduled to perform at the TD Garden, but Live Nation announced that the show would be postponed Sunday morning, TMZ.com reported.

"Unfortunately, following her sold out concert on Friday, Rihanna has contracted laryngitis and per doctor's instruction is unable to perform this evening," Live Nation said.

The star has a show scheduled in Baltimore on Tuesday, which Live Nation said will go on. The Boston show will be rescheduled.

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