It was a big weekend for little statues in Hollywood. Just hours before the annual obeisance to the mini-idol called Oscar, a couple of romantic garden gnomes leaped atop the box-office heap. Gnomeo & Juliet, Disney's animated 3-D retelling of Romeo and Juliet, with garden gnomes taking the parts of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, raked in $14.2 million to lead the weekend's box-office derby, according to studio estimates.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Colin Firth was named best actor on a triumphant night for The King's Speech at the 2011 Oscars - but said he always hopes to be remembered as Mr Darcy. The British actor may have received the ultimate Hollywood honour for his performance as King George VI, but he still has fond memories of his role as the aloof heart-throb in the 1995 television adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Top CBS News foreign correspondent Lara Logan suffered a brutal sexual assault at the hands of a mob in Egypt while covering the downfall of president Hosni Mubarak, the network said on Tuesday. Logan was in Cairo's central Tahrir Square on Friday, the day Mubarak stepped down, and was separated from her crew in the crowd, the US television network said in a statement.
Silvio Berlusconi was aware Karima el-Mahroug, the girl he allegedly paid for sex, was underage, according to a statement she reportedly made to prosecutors. On the day after Italy's prime minister was committed for trial, the centre-left daily La Repubblica has published an extract from el-Mahroug's alleged evidence, in which the Moroccan runaway said that when she first met Berlusconi she told him she was a 24-year-old Egyptian. But on a subsequent visit, in March 2010, "I told him the truth: I was a minor and I had no papers."
Convicted fraudster Bernard Madoff has blamed others for being "complicit" in his scheme, which fleeced investors of billions of dollars. Madoff is serving 150 years in jail in the US for a $65bn (£40bn) fraud which deprived thousands of investors of their savings. Now he has told the New York Times a variety of banks and hedge funds "had to know" about his Ponzi scheme. Such schemes pay out using new investor money rather than from any profits.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Malaysian religious authorities arrested more than 100 Muslim couples on Monday who defied a ban on any activities marking Valentine's Day. Islamic authorities in Malaysia in 2005 issued a fatwa to warn Muslims against celebrating Valentine's Day, saying that the occasion could lead to vice activities, especially pre-marital sex.
Kim Kardashian is about three weeks away from dropping her first single, "Turn It Up," a dance track that viewers can see a sneak peek of on a coming episode of "Kourtney & Kim Take New York." So add "singer" to the reality TV star's ever-increasing list of occupations. The Ministry has tallied designer, perfumer, spokesperson and actress (sort of). Oh, and we haven't forgotten soft-core porn star. That is how she became a household name, after all.