Wolverine claims the weekend box office crown

Hugh Jackman is the latest incarnation as Wolverine having clawed its way through this weekend’s box office competition. ‘Wolverine’ that starred Hugh Jackman as Marvel Comics’ sharp clawed super hero slashed its way to $55 million in United States and Canadian ticket sales to claim the box office crown. This film made more than $120 million it cost to make in its opening weekend. It is the sixth film in the X-Men franchise that has now made $1.9 billion worldwide. “The Conjuring” the low budget horror film that led last weekend’s box office slipped to second place with $22.1million in domestic sales from Friday through Sunday as per studio estimates.

Wolverine is set in Japan and features an international cast. The film has generated nearly $84 million in overall ticket sales that surprised strong showing for the film that was made under $20 million to make. The animated film “Despicable Me 2” that featured the voice of comic actor Steve Carell finished third with 16 million in ticket sales in its fourth week in movie theatres. This film was made by Universal Pictures collecting more than $600 million ticket sales around the globe. Despite of the success, ‘Wolverine’ fell short of Hollywood insiders’ $72 million weekend estimates. It is the latest in the string of the big budget action films that had failed to meet the expectations.

Oscar mania hits Hollywood with “Argo” storming to Oscar victory

The biggest global entertainment event that regaled about 40.3 million viewers worldwide was the 85th annual Oscars ceremony. The grand show of the Oscar event on Sunday night had thrown opened lot of surprises in the form of “Argo” that stormed to be the Best Picture of the year. In the process, there were disappointments for front-runner “Lincoln” and handing over the overall wins to “Life of Pi”. The movie “Argo” based on the Iran hostage drama marked the triumphant comeback into the Hollywood’s mainstream for its director “Ben Affleck”, who failed to get a nomination in the directing category six weeks ago.

This was the first time since “Driving Miss Daisy” in 1990 that a film won the top prize for Oscars without its director also being nominated. The film “Argo” won the best film editing and best adapted screenplay for its overwhelming and often comedic tale of the CIA mission to rescue six U.S. diplomats from Tehran shortly after the Islamic Revolution. The award rating for Oscar usually depends more heavily on the nominated films and this year a broad range of movies took home Oscar trophies from hits like Agro, Lincoln, Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook. The Oscar show took about 3 hours and 35 minutes to conclude and historically a typical lengthy event for about 20 minutes longer of the previous Oscar events of the last two years. The host of the show Seth MacFarlane received criticism from some of the critics for his comments judged to be offensive while his fans thought he was too tame.

Michael Jackson Kith and Kin watches the Unity Tour

The pop icon Michael Jackson’s children, Prince Michael aged – 15, Paris aged – 14 and ten years old Prince Michael – II went to see the concert of Jackson Brothers  aptly title – “Unity Tour” in Saratoga, California. In spite of the dispute over the custody of the Michael Jackson’s kids between the Jackson family, matriarch Katherine Jackson and the kids of Michael Jackson there seemed unity among the family members of Michael Jackson.  The grand mother of Michael Jackson has temporarily lost the custody of the kids last week following her mysterious holiday to Arizona.

Katherine Jackson received a standing ovation from the crowd when she was spotted entering the concert. Jermaine Jackson announced at the concert that the Jackson family is one and united and they are one family and will heal soon. The children were saddened over their grand mother – Katherine Jackson reported to be missing over for a number of days and they had not spoken to her all these missing days. The kids were then put under the guardianship of Michael’s nephew TJ who is the son of Tito Jackson in the absence of Katherine.

During the Jacksons’s time in Arizona, Katherine reportedly had no communication with her grandchildren.  But, later on she claimed that she had taken the break voluntarily and therefore had cut off all her contacts.  But now it seems that the story has more twists and turns as on Friday, Katherine’s attorney Perry Sanders said in a statement to ABC News that the 82 year old- venerated old woman and her grand son TJ will file a petition at the beginning of this week asking the court to reinstate Katherine as the guardian and appoint TJ as co-guardian of Michael Jackson’s kids.

Halle Berry admitted to hospital for a minor head injury

Halle Berry the Oscar-winning American actress suffered a minor head injury while shooting for a movie fight sequence. She was immediately treated at the Los Angeles hospital and released a short time later as per her publicist Meredith O’Sullivan. The 45-years old actresses suffered an injury on the set of the upcoming movie “The Hive”. “The Hive” is a thriller movie that is being directed by the Brad Anderson co- starring Abigail Breslin and David Otunga.

An ambulance took Halle Berry from the sets in central Los Angeles to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Halle Berry won an Academy for Best Actress and was nominated for the BAFTA Award in 2001 for her performance in the Monster’s Ball. She is one of the highly paid actresses in Hollywood and is also involved in the production side of several of the films in which she performed.

Halle Berry is also a model to Revlon. Prior to this accident, Halle Berry sustained slight injury during the shooting of 2004 film “Cat woman” when she hit her head on the lights on the sets but was not seriously injured. Before becoming an actress, Berry had participated in several beauty contests and she finished as first runner up in the Miss USA Pageant during the year- 1986. She also participated in the Miss World Pageant in 1986 and got sixth place.

Bale recounts life as Batman

This weekend is one of the most significant weekends in actor Christian Bale’s life. As the world waits eagerly to catch the final movie of Nolan’s Batman trilogy, for Bale it’s the release of the final movie of the trilogy that changed his life and gave a new level to his career.

“I’m real proud of having achieved what we had set out to do. It was a very important moment for me. It was an important character” Bale said.

Christian Bale started his career in the late 1980s and has done tremendous work till date. Bale has done noteworthy work like The Machinist, American Psycho, The Fighter, The Prestige and many more that established him as one of the most talented actors in the industry. He even won the Academy award for his performance in the supporting role in The Fighter. But it was his performance as Batman that sealed his status as one of the most important leading actors in the past decade.

Death of Kitty Wells – Pioneer Of Country Music

Singer Kitty Wells better known as the “Queen of Country Music” died at the age of 92 at her home in Nashville. She was surrounded by her family members at the time of her death. She died peacefully after suffering from complications from a stroke. Kitty Wells is well known for her musical hits that include “Making Believe” and “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angel’s” that made her the first female superstar of country music. Her solo recording career lasted from 1952 to 1970 and she made concert tours from the late 1930s until 2000.

She recorded approximately fifty albums that included the 25 top ten country hits and she globe trotted several times. She was No.1 female country singer from 1953 to 1968. In the year-1976 she was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame and ten years later received the Pioneer Award from Academy of Country Music.

Wells received Grammy Award for lifetime achievement in the year-1991. It was the same year when Bob Dylan and John Lennon were honored and she was just the third country singer to get this most prestigious award after Roy Acuff and Hank Williams.

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Jennifer Lopez gives hint of bidding adieu as American Idol Judge

The popular “American Idol” show may go another round with Jennifer Lopez. She announced that after two seasons of sitting next to Randy Jackson and Steve Taylor, she is ready to bid farewell to the show. In her interview with Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s “Today” on Thursday morning, the 42-year-old entertainer put her views that she is thinking that it is time to say goodbye to the show as she has other assignments to do. Lopez was there to promote her latest movie Age3: Continental Drift – The Squeakquel: Ghost Protocol and when Guthrie asked if she would be back for Season 12, Lopez replied in the aforesaid manner.

Jennifer Lopez further added that she has signed on the “American Idol” for one year period but ended up doing the show for about two years and for now she is in a dilemma to continue or remain in this show or not. She loves the show so much and had enjoyed doing the show. The whole process of the show has fascinated her and it is quiet a touch decision to leave the show and it is a heart breaking decision if she has to go. Lopez did not give the exact reason about why she most likely would not return.

However, Lopez just hinted that she wanted to get back to other aspects of her life whether it is family, career or for her boyfriend Casper Smart.  However, it is not the first time that Jennifer Lopez made her desire to leave “American Idol” publicly in a show. Last year also in an interview with the BBC’s Radio 1 she was in two minds about returning to Season 11 only to get back to the show after signing a contract that may be worth $20 million with Fox Broadcasting Network according to some informed sources.

Bill and Giuliana in an expansion drive for their family and business

Soon to be new parents – Bill and Giuliana Rancic are in a jet speed mode to welcome their new baby and they are also planning to expand their RPM restaurant business. The married couple is expecting their child through gestational surrogate treatment method after several failed attempts via IVF treatment and a miscarriage. Giuliana now aged thirty six years is expecting the baby boy at the end of August. Giuliana – the E! News presenter and her husband Bill are also currently in the process of opening a restaurant businesses together.

The next eight weeks of Bill will remain hectic with both familial and business/professional obligations. Bill informed the Us Weekly magazine that both of them have opened the RPM Italian restaurant at the beginning of the year and both of them are really enjoying and having lots of fun. They have also decided to open another restaurant called RPM Steak in Chicago as well. This restaurant will be just two blocks away from the RPM Italian and they are also planning to open another one in Las Vegas for the next RPM.

Rancic admits that they are in a rush mode and the couple will be moving to a new house in Los Angeles as they have found a great house there that is under final stages of construction and he has to be there every day for getting it finished. They hope that they will move to this new house within the next three weeks. There is also a provision for nursery and they are in a hurry to get the house finished.

Usher’s stepson declared brain dead in a boating accident

The former stepson of the singer Usher Raymond was declared brain dead after he was critically injured in a boating accident while riding in an inner tube at Lake Lanier in north Georgia, Atlanta as per his family sources. Kyle Glover – the eleven years old child of singer’s ex-wife Tameka Foster and her former partner Ryan Glover was unresponsive when he was rescued from the lake on Friday after being struck on the head by a passing jet ski and was taken to the Children’s Healthcare unit at Egleston Hospital in Atlanta.

There was also a 15-year old girl along with Kyle Glover in the inner tube whose identity cannot be verified in the report and who was also taken to hospital. However her condition was not made public. A decision is yet to be taken whether to take off the life support systems of this young boy. Tameka through Face book thanked her fans and family for their support and requested them to pray for the little boy.

An Atlanta resident Jeffrey S. Hubbard struck Kyle Glover while on a Jet Ski as the boy floated on an inner tube attached to a pontoon boat on the lake as reported by the Atlanta Journal – Constitution. Hubbard has rented the Jet Ski and boat with Foster and her son. However alcohol consumption is not reported to be a factor behind this accident.

Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes reaches an amicable divorce settlement

The highly publicized divorce settlement of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes has been settled on Monday taking less than two weeks that ended the six year marriage of the star studded couple. Speculations doing rounds about the custody of their six years old daughter – Suri- reached a feverish pitch over the weekend but then the estranged couple rested the rumors by announcing about their amicable divorce settlement.

Reports emerge that Katie Holmes will have the sole custody of Suri and Tom will get substantial time to spend with his daughter. The divorce agreement also includes the details on how Tom and Katie are allowed to tell Suri regarding religion including Scientology. However, Suri will not be expected to attend a Scientology school, like Cruise’s adopted children Isabella – aged 19 and Conor- aged 17 did.

The couple along with their daughter has become a favorite idol of celebrity magazines and everything seemed going on a right track when Holmes filed for divorce in New York. Her move surprised the fans and even Tom Cruise who at that time was in Iceland shooting for a movie. There were speculations in the media that the couple had differences about raising their six years old daughter –Suri as a Scientologist but neither they nor their attorneys commented on that matter.

Tom Cruise married Katie Holmes in a glamorous wedding in an Italian castle in the month of November-2006 and their daughter – Suri was born about six months earlier. In the opinion of family law attorneys it is quite surprising that this divorce case has been settled in a speedy manner. In their view the present case has so many moving parts that do not routinely get resolved themselves in a matter of ten days and there are definitely one or two motivated people.

 

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