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March 24, 2013 at 2:00 PM   |   Comments

'Croods' captures top box office spot

LOS ANGELES, March 24 (UPI) -- "The Croods," an animated feature with the voices of Nicolas Cage and Emma Stone, hit the No. 1 box office spot during the weekend with $44.7 million.

"Olympus Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman and Angela Bassett, was a healthy second with $30.5 million.

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

"Oz The Great and Powerful" was third with $22.031 million; "The Call" fourth with $8.7 million; "Admission" fifth with $6.446 million; "Spring Breakers" sixth with $5 million.

"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" seventh with $4.275 million; "Jack the Giant Slayer" eighth with $2,965,000; "Identity Thief" ninth with $2.545 million.

And "Snitch" rounded out the top 10 with $1.93 million.


Politician balks at $5M for Tonight Show

ALBANY, N.Y., March 24 (UPI) -- A New York state lawmaker is balking at a $5 million tax credit to lure NBC's "Tonight Show" to New York City while developmental disabilities funds are cut.

Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, of the Schenectady area, said the budget would make state tax credits available -- "Jimmy's Law," for the producers of "a talk or variety program that filmed at least five seasons outside the state prior to its first relocated season in New York."

Jimmy Fallon is reportedly soon to be named as the next host of the "Tonight Show," which is currently filmed in Burbank, Calif., the Albany (N.Y.) Times Union reported.

Tedisco made a statement calling on the state to allocate the $5 million set aside to bring Fallon and the "Tonight Show" back to New York and use the funds to restore services for people with developmental disabilities.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's initial budget cut funding for the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities by $120 million.

"The role of state government is to have spending priorities and protect our most vulnerable citizens in the state budget. Our priority should be looking out for families and people with developmental disabilities in communities like Ballston Spa, not giving taxpayer-funded handouts to support the lifestyles of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills," Tedisco said in a statement.


Swinton puts on performance piece at MoMA

NEW YORK, March 24 (UPI) -- Actress Tilda Swinton's performance art piece at New York's Museum of Modern Art featured the Scottish actress sleeping all day long inside a glass box.

Swinston was accompanied in the box only by a mattress, pillow, her glasses and a jug of water, the New York Post reported.

"I feel bad for her. It's physically demanding. Is she just nocturnal for a month?" said one MoMA visitor, Ethan Fuirst, 17, of Manhattan.

"I think because I know more about art I'm not that interested. But maybe it's good she's using her celebrity to make people think," said another viewer, Gaby Shorr, 24, of Brooklyn, who works for an art appraiser

This isn't the first time Swinton has performed "The Maybe"; the piece was first shown in London in 1995 and then Rome in 1996.

"Those who find it chance upon it for themselves, live and in real -- shared -- time: Now we see it, now we don't," MoMA said about Swinton's piece.


Gucci Mane wanted for alleged assault

ATLANTA, March 24 (UPI) -- An arrest warrant has been issued for Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane, who allegedly hit another man over the head with a champagne bottle, officials said.

The incident happened at a downtown Atlanta club on March 16 during a mix-tape release party, CNN reported Sunday.

The victim told police that he tried to start a conversation with the 33-year-old rapper, whose real name is Radric Davis.

"I'm in the military. I wanted to get a picture with Gucci Mane," the man told CNN affiliate WSB-TV. "I was speaking to the security guard, and Gucci Mane hit me in the head with a bottle."

The man, whose name was not reported, suffered a deep gash on his head, Atlanta Police Sgt. Greg Lyon said.

Davis is now wanted on aggravated assault charges.

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