November 10, 2008

Here's your full Box-Office Recap:
1. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, $63.5 million
2. Role Models, $19.3 million
3. High School Musical 3: Senior Year, $9.3 million
4. Changeling, $7.3 million
5. Zack and Miri Make a Porno, $6.5 million
6. Soul Men, $5.6 million
7. Saw V, $4.2 million
8. The Haunting of Molly Hartley, $3.5 million
9. The Secret Life of Bees, $3.1 million
10. Eagle Eye, $2.6 million

The latest on the Jennifer Hudson family tragedy from
E! Online:
The "person of interest" in the slayings of Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew, William Balfour, has been ordered to remain in prison while police continue to investigate the murders. Balfour has been held at Illinois' Stateville Correctional Center since Oct. 26 on charges of parole violation stemming from a 1999 conviction on attempted murder. At a parole hearing this morning—which could potentially have seen Balfour walk free—the Illinois Prisoner Review Board ruled there was reason to believe he had violated his parole for transgressions unrelated to the Hudson killings, including appearing in places where drugs were sold and, according to his girlfriend, being in possession of a gun that matches the description of the Hudson murder weapon.

Britney Spears' son Jayden was hospitalized today - doctors concluded he had a bad reaction to something he ingested. Maybe he got into some of mom's "secret stash." He'll be discharged tomorrow - hope he's okay.

STAR Artist Ashlee Simpson and husband, Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz's baby seems way overdue, and the expectant grandpa says his daughter's getting restless. Joe Simpson says that Ashlee is "ready for this baby," and adds, "The day she found out she was pregnant, she became a woman." What does that mean? "She's concerned about what she eats, and how she prepares for the child, and is the baby's room 'green' enough. It's a transformation you never expect as a parent."

My girlfriend and I have a very honest relationship. I know some of her ex-boyfriends and she definitely knows some of my exes. But not everyone can handle info about their boyfriend or girlfriends’s past love-life. So how much of your past can your man handle, ladies? Check out things he does and doesn’t want to know.

Kung Fu Panda hit stores last week for you to grab it on DVD. It features the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie and it’s beloved by adults and kids. So what do Angelina’s kids think of her being in the movie? "My kids do love it. They are very, very proud. They have mom dolls everywhere -- they have the Tigress. They love Tigress. They have a big Tigress doll that they keep putting diapers on!"

According to several reports, The Oprah Winfrey Show will be coming to an end, sooner rather than later – 2011. During a conference call on Friday touting Disney’s 3rd quarter earnings, some suit said Oprah would stay with ABC through September 2011, then move into syndication. A rep for the show told me it’s true their contract is only until 2011 but they hadn’t made any final decisions as to whether she’d continue her show after that.

STAR Artist Daughtry’s debut CD has sold 4 million copies, so the band is celebrating with a contest: they want you, a fan, to send in your design for the quadruple-platinum plaque they’ll receive to mark the occasion. Check out for more.

Speaking of Daughtry...
You’ve heard of the crazy demands singers and bands make for their backstage room right? “3 pounds of M&Ms but only the purple M&Ms!” Well I found out what STAR Artist Daughtry wants when they get ready for a show: All they want is beer, Red Bull, clean towels, chips and snacks. They do get a little diva-ish when it comes to the water they drink – it can’t be the Dasani brand. As for cereal, they specifically ask for Lucky Charms, Coco Puffs and Honey Smacks. Good tastes!

I told you last week about STAR Artist Leona Lewis’ plans for a new CD next year and world tour in 2010, but it turns out she’s already met with songwriters about material. Those peeps include Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder. Jordin Sparks and Justin Timberlake have also expressed interest in working with Leona on her new album.

The deluxe version of STAR Artist Colbie Caillat’s CD, "Coco", hits stores tomorrow with features all the original material and 7 additional songs, a few of them covers of songs by Bob Marley and Lauryn Hill.

Want a personal guitar lesson from STAR Artist David Cook? Check out his website right now –

Senator John McCain will be making his first post-election appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight.

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