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‘Rango’ boots ‘LA’ aliens from top spot overseas

‘Rango’ boots ‘LA’ aliens from top spot overseas

LOS ANGELES – An animated chameleon sheriff in the Wild West topped the international box office chart as ‘Rango’ in its fourth weekend took in a solid $16 million in 48 territories for a global total of $159.5 million. Johnny Depp’s international appeal is in evidence, even in animated form, with kids and families the world over embracing the film.
Space aliens also showed their international drawing power, with ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ in its third weekend abducting $15.8 million

Enrique Iglesias not touring with Britney Spears

LOS ANGELES – Oops! The promotional blitz for Britney Spears latest album got off to a rough start on Tuesday when Spanish heartthrob Enrique Iglesias denied that he would go on tour with the pop starlet.
Earlier in the day, Spears had said the two would hit the road for a North American trek beginning in June. But her announcement was greeted almost immediately with skepticism.

Stars to honor Gorbachev at London charity bash

LONDON – Movie stars, singers and politicians will turn out on Wednesday for a gala concert in London to honor former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who celebrated his 80th birthday earlier this month.
The glitzy red carpet affair, co-hosted by U.S. actors Kevin Spacey and Sharon Stone, underlines the celebrity status Gorbachev enjoys in the West, where he is widely perceived as the man who freed Eastern Europe from Soviet rule and ended a Cold War nuclear standoff.

Catwalk gives way to cricket at Pakistan Fashion Week

LAHORE – Cricket or fashion? It’s no contest in Lahore – cricket has bowled all the model-maidens over. The second day of Pakistan Sunsilk Fashion Week was cancelled because of the Cricket World Cup semi-finals match between Pakistan and India.
The crucial game, nicknamed ‘clash of the titans’ struck a body-blow to the city’s premier fashion event. On the same day, six of Pakistan’s leading designers were due to present their luxury ready-to-wear collections on the Lahore

Schirripa on real-life button men in his new series

It has been nearly four years since Steve Schirripa’s bullet-riddled bodyplunged through an elaborate model train set on “The Sopranos,” his character the victim of a hit put out by a rival crime boss. This week he begins delving into actual contract killings in a new true-crime series on the Investigation Discovery cable channel.
“Nothing Personal,” beginning on Wednesday, investigates hitmen and the people who hire them. Each of the six scheduled episodes explores the

Vintage studio faces uncertain future

MUMBAI – Mehboob Khan has carried equipment at the Filmistan Studio for the last 40 years, rubbing shoulders with some of the greatest names in Bollywood and playing a small role in the making of hit movies.
The ageing, slightly-built labourer is happy to show visitors around the complex in Mumbai and glows with pride as he pushes open the high, wooden gates to get to the studio’s very own prison. “Every actor, be it Dilip Kumar or even Shah Rukh Khan, has been imprisoned in this

Clooney called for Berlusconi’s defence

It has emerged that Hollywood star George Clooney and footballer Christiana Ronaldo may be called to testify as defense witnesses for Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in the ‘bunga bunga’ sex trial.
The ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ actor and Real Madrid striker were named on a list of 78 possible witnesses, including Clooney’s Italian girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis as well as several other prominent TV personalities. “The list includes several personalities as well as cabinet

Cattrall glams down for gritty role

After 12 years playing sultry screen vixen Samantha Jones on ‘Sex and the City,’ Kim Cattrall says she’s “letting it all hang out” in her new role as a has-been porn star. Cattrall gained 20 pounds for the title role in the indie film ‘Meet Monica Velour,’ about a washed up, aging porn star living in a rural Indiana trailer park.
“It was actually kind of a relief,” the 54-year-old actress said Tuesday in an interview. “It was like getting rid of the Barbie doll and throwing it

‘Black Swan’ bosses defend Portman

Bosses at movie company Fox Searchlight have issued a statement to address the growing criticisms of Natalie Portman’s Oscar-winning role in ‘Black Swan.’ The star scooped the Best Actress Academy Award for her turn as unstable dancer Nina in the film last month, but has since faced claims a body double was used for most of the complicated ballet dancing scenes.
The stand-in – American Ballet Theatre dancer Sarah Lane – has fuelled the speculation by telling, “Of the full body

The ‘Hangover Part II’ poster revealed

They are back and getting into trouble again. The mischievous group of guys from ‘The Hangover’ – Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) – are reuniting for ‘The Hangover Part II,’ and if the poster is any indication, they’re up to their old antics.
This time the best pals travel to Thailand for Stu’s wedding. According to the studio, Stu decides on a “safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch,” instead of a wild bachelor party before he

D’Oh! ‘Nuclear’ Simpsons episodes off air in Germany

BERLIN – The German broadcaster of “The Simpsons” said Monday it has decided not to show any episodes of the satirical US cartoon series showing nuclear disasters in light of Japan’s atomic emergency.
“We are checking all the episodes and we won’t show any suspect ones, but we won’t cut any scenes,” Stella Rodger, a spokeswoman for private broadcaster Pro7, told. “We haven’t postponed any yet.” The nuclear plant in the Simpsons’ hometown of Springfield is however a key element in

Nickelodeon launches anti-bullying campaign

NEW YORK – The popular children’s television network Nickelodeon is the latest voice to raise awareness of digital bullying. Nick, the most-watched TV network among kids ages 2 to 14, will begin an on-air public service campaign Monday featuring some of its stars offering advice on what young people should do when confronted with hostile texts, emails or Facebook posts.
The advice offered in one ad featuring Ashley Argota of ‘True Jackson, VP’ and Gage Golightly of ‘The Troop’:

How palace kitchen prepping for Royal Wedding

LONDON – Queen Elizabeth’s head chef may be as eager for the royal wedding day to arrive as Prince William and Kate Middleton themselves. Mark Flanagan says he and his 21-strong team at Buckingham Palace are “excited” about treating the 600 guests to canapes made from the best of British produce.
He’s keeping mum on the full menu for April 29, but the selection of canapes (two-bite decorative finger foods) could include smoked salmon on a beetroot blini, confit duck-leg terrine

Taylor’s love letters for sale

Elizabeth Taylor’s teenage love letters to her first fiance are to be sold at auction in May. The Hollywood legend passed away last week after losing her long battle with congestive heart disease.
Now bosses at an auction house in New Hampshire are set to cash in on the star’s colourful love life – they’re putting more than 60 of the screen beauty’s unpublished notes under the hammer. Chiefs at RR Auction bought the personal letters two years ago from William Pawley, who was

Oldman keeps Batman script secret

Gary Oldman has been sworn to secrecy about the new Batman movie, but reveals he’s one of the only people who knows how the follow-up to ‘The Dark Knight’ ends. The actor, who has played top cop Jim Gordon in both of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, will reprise his role in a third installment, which will begin shooting in London in May.
And his eight-year-long business relationship with the super-secretive Nolan has afforded him knowledge about how the filmmaker will wrap up

Madonna sued by Malawi charity workers

Madonna is facing legal action for unfair dismissal from former employees of her Raising Malawi charity following the collapse of plans for a girl’s school in the African nation. The pop superstar had been working on building a £9.3 million education facility in the village of Chinkhota, near the capital of Lilongwe, through her charitable organisation.
However, the project has now been abandoned amid allegations of financial mismanagement, prompting Madonna to dismiss the

Snoop jumps in studio with Charlie

Actor Charlie Sheen is putting his “winning” regimen to song and he’s bringing Snoop Dogg along for the ride. The troubled actor-turned-internet star, who was recentlyfired from the popular CBS comedy ‘Two and a Half Men,’ posted a picture of himself and Snoop, along with former Korn member Robert Patterson making sweet music.
The trio were pictured recording at Sheen’s house over the weekend. Sheen has been pretty much pulling out all of the stops since embarking on a one-man