December 29, 2008

Here's your Complete Box-Office Recap:
1. Marley & Me, $37 million
2. Bedtime Stories, $28.1 million
3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, $27 million
4. Valkyrie, $21.5 million
5. Yes Man, $16.5 million
6. Seven Pounds, $13.4 million
7. The Tale of Despereaux, $9.4 million
8. The Day the Earth Stood Still, $7.9 million
9. The Spirit, $6.5 million
10. Doubt, $5.7 million

STAR Artist Taylor Swift’s new CD “Fearless” is still number one on the charts. It has sold nearly 2 million copies in just 6 weeks. That’s all fine and dandy but Taylor elicited quite a scare last week. She was photographed with bangs and her hair pulled back. She got quite a few messages from friends and so she had to announce, “Please don’t panic. I didn’t cut my hair.”

Tina Fey was definitely all over the place in 2008 and AFI has voted her among their “Moments of Significance” thanks to her Sarah Palin impression and her work on 30 Rock. Here's the rest of the list:
*The release of the movie Slumdog Millionaire about an orphan competing on India’s version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

* "Age of Anxiety" as Business Models for the Arts Evolve, recognizing video website and Jay Leno's impending move to primetime on NBC.

* Dr. Horrible Operates in Explosion of Short Form, recognizing Joss Whedon's online musical starring Neil Patrick Harris.

* Film Critics Lose Voice, recognizing the decline of full-time film critics in the media.

* Television and New Technologies Provide a Global Oracle for America's Presidential Race

* NBC Coverage of Summer Olympics Brings the World Together

* Independent Film Artists Face Distribution Crisis

Another Hilton was hit by a burglar last week. Steve Hilton, philanthropist, heir, and uncle of Paris, called 911 reporting a break-in at his Malibu home. Unfortunately, while he made the call, the burglars got away. Fortunately they left empty handed.

Eartha Kitt, who played Catwoman in the TV version of Batman and sung the Christmas classic, “Santa Baby,” passed away on Christmas Day of colon cancer at the age of 81.

STAR Artist Ashlee Simpson and her husband, Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, promised they wouldn’t sell pictures of their new baby boy, Bronx. And they stayed true to their word. They unveiled the first photo of Bronx over the weekend:

It’s rumored that American Idol finalist and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is planning a tribute to her late mother for the Grammy Awards in February. You remember Jennifer’s mother, brother and newphew were found murdered back in October – truly tragic. To honor them, a source tells me Jennifer will perform a new gospel song at the show.

She's a guru on screen, but Oprah is clueless on the road! She loves to drive her white Bentley convertible around California and has gone to the same 76 station for years. A friend tells me, "She usually tips the serviceman $100 to fill her up." But, one day, Oprah decided to try it out herself, but she couldn't find the tank! "She had to be shown how to use the pump too." At 54, she's still got a lot to learn!

STAR Artist OneRepublic plans to hit the studio in February to start working on their next album. The band tells me the three new songs they’ve written so far are more mature, “We're not so sad and desperate and frustrated about girls....we've grown up.”

STAR Artist Leona Lewis had an epic 2008 but what was the highlight for her? Performing in the closing ceremony for the 2008 Summer Olympics with Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page backing her up. “He's an absolute legend, and just the nicest, nicest guy...I was just in awe of him.”

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