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«The World’s End» $8.9 million

«Lee Daniels’ The Butler»served up asecond helping at the box office, topping the weekend with $17 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

That was enough to lead all films on a late August weekend known as a dumping ground for studios following their summer blockbusters and before the start of the fall movie-going season. Daniels’ historical drama about a long-serving White House butler, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, last weekend opened with $24.6 million for the Weinstein Co.

Three new releases failed to catch on. The teen fantasy «Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,» adapted from the popular young adult book series, opened tepidly in third place with $9.3 million on the weekend and $14 million since opening Wednesday. With franchise hopes, Sony Screen Gems has already started production on a sequel, again starring Lily Collins as a New York teenager who discovers she has mystical powers.

Edgar Wright’s pub-crawl-gone-wrong comedy «The World’s End» opened with $8.9 million for Focus Features. That was a better start than Wright’s last film with Simon Pegg: 2007’s «Hot Fuzz,» which opened with $5.8 million. Playing in 1,549 theaters, «The World’s End» did its business in less than half the theaters of «The Butler» or «Mortal Instruments.»

Despite good reviews, Lionsgate’s home-invasion horror flick «You’re Next» opened weakly with $7.1 million. Some analysts had initially predicted it would top the weekend box office.

With a cumulative total of $52.3 million, «The Butler» is headed for a domestic haul of $100 million. It has followed the release pattern of another movie about race and domestic service: the 2011 drama «The Help,» also released in August. The Weinstein Co. hopes that «The Butler» will similarly lead to Oscar nominations.

Paul Dergarabedian, analyst for 산청출장안마 box-office tracker, attributed the success of»The Butler»particularly to the marketing power of Winfreyand a savvy choice of a release date with little competition.

«This is a film that you wouldn’t want to open in June or July,» said Dergarabedian. «The release date that the Weinstein Co. picked absolutely paid off for them.»

In its third week of release, Warner Bros.’ R-rated road trip comedy «We’re the Millers,» starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, continued to thrive. It took in $13.5 million over the weekend, bringing its overall total to $91.7 million.

Woody Allen’s «Blue Jasmine» became his widest release ever. Sony Pictures Classics expanded Allen’sdrama of a ruined socialite starring Cate Blanchettto 1,283 theaters. It made $4.3 million over the weekend after earning more than $10 million in four weeks of limited release. According to, the film is on track to becoming the highest-grossing indie flick of the year.

The 3D release of Universal’s «Jurassic Park,» which opened in North America in April, led the overseas market with $30 million over the weekend, most of that from its opening in China.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday.

1. «Lee Daniels’ The Butler,» $17 million.

2. «We’re the Millers,» $13.5 million ($8.3 million international).

3. «Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,» $9.3 million.

4. «The World’s End» $8.9 million.

5. «Planes,» $8.6 million ($5.9 million international).

6. «Elysium,» $7.1 million ($20 million international).

7. «You’re Next,» $7.1 million.

8. «Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,» $5.2 million ($18.4 million international).

9. «Blue Jasmine,» $4.3 million.

10. «Kick-Ass 2,» $4.3 million ($7.3 million international).


«I have been told it’s in a sensitive investigative and legal process

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson told journalists in Havana that while he was here on a trade mission for his state, he also raised the case of imprisoned USAID contractor Alan Gross with Cuban authorities.

Gross has been jailed since December for 평창출장안마 bringing illegal satellite equipment to dissidents in Cuba.

«Knowing I was taking a trip to Cuba on a trade mission, the Obama administration asked me to raise the case of Alan Gross. I did so with various high level officials,’ Richardson said during a press conference.

«I have been told it’s in a sensitive investigative and legal process. I believe I made inroads and some progress in the case,» he said, but added, «I am not a negotiator for the administration. «The New Mexico governor also denied bringing any special message from the Obama administration to the Cuban government. Richardson, who secured the release of three prisoners from Cuba 10 years ago, pointed out that that effort took two visits before it was successful.

Richardson said he did «not expect to see Fidel Castro» but if he did he would raise the case with him.

The governor said that after his meeting with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, that he thought the Cuban government has a better understanding of who Alan Gross is. Richardson noted that he had met with Gross’ wife and his lawyer and said, ‘He’s a good man. He may have made some mistakes. He is innocent. Releasing him would be a humanitarian gesture. He is not a political case.»

Richardson expressed the hope that the issue would be dealt with swiftly.

He further described the current mood between the U.S. and Cuba as «very positive» although moving in «small steps.»

«The Obama administration deserves credit for taking positive steps too, such as proposed expansion of travel,» for Americans to the island, Richardson said.

Richardson also praised Cuba’s recent prisoner releases. «The Cuban government deserves credit for tripartite agreement between the Catholic Church and Spanish government on the release of 32 political prisoners and hopefully more will happen in days to come,» he said.


«It was the wrong choice in the competition,» Jackson conceded, «but it’s a good song.» «The way that I was looking at it was, why do something I’ve already done

In Cowell’s opinion — and judge Randy Jackson concurred — Archuleta’s opponent David Cook stumbled by not choosing a showstopper to sing in the final round.

The judges, however, don’t have a voice in who ultimately wins the competition. That will be up to the «American Idol» viewing audience, whose decision will be revealed on Wednesday’s grand finale.

The Fox reality show made full use of the boxing theme throughout Tuesday night’s match, which kicked off with ring announcer Michael Buffer crying out his catchphrase «Let’s get ready to rumble!» HBO’s fight commentator Jim Lampley was shown in clips throughout the show, saying things like «in a three round fight, you want to pace yourself.»

The fight analogy only went so far.

«You’ve gotta have a desire to win and you’ve got to hate your opponent,» judge Simon Cowell advised before the first round of competition.

But the verbal handshake before the fight was a friendly one, with Archuleta saying Cook was «awesome» and Cook responding that Archuleta was the most consistently nice person in the competition.

Archuleta, who won the coin toss prior to the show, had decided to go second in front of the 7,000 people at the Nokia Live Theater in Los Angeles.

In the first round, the singers sang tunes selected for them by record mogul Clive Davis, whose record company, Sony BMG, will hand out a contract to the «American Idol» winner.

Cook kicked off the round with a solid performance of U2’s «I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.» All the judges thought he was in fine voice, with Cowell calling his performance phenomenal.

Archuleta followed with Elton John’s «Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,» which Jackson called flawless.

«Taking everything into account, Round 1 goes to Archuleta,» said Cowell.

The singers chose songs from the top 10 songs in the annual «American Idol» songwriting contest.

Cook broke out his electric guitar for «Dream Big» by Emily Shackleton and Archuleta sang the ballad «In This Moment» by Ryan Gillmor. Of the two, Cowell thought Archuleta chose the better song and gave the round to him.

The third round was the decisive one, 홍천출장안마 at least according to Cowell.

Cook decided to go with a song he hadn’t sung before, Collective Soul’s «The World I Know.» He accompanied himself on acoustic guitar for the soulful ballad. Jackson said it was the perfect song for him, but Cowell pointed out it wasn’t the kind of showstopper that would win the contest.

«You should have sung ‘Hello’ or ‘Billie Jean’,» Cowell said, referring to songs that had won Cook praise earlier in the season.

«It was the wrong choice in the competition,» Jackson conceded, «but it’s a good song.»

«The way that I was looking at it was, why do something I’ve already done. For the record, I completely understand what you’re saying,» Cook said.

Archuleta delivered the final blow by singing John Lennon’s «Imagine,» the song that got him noticed in week 2 of the competition.

«Tonight I think we’ve witnessed one of the great finals,» said Cowell. «Here’s the difference in my opinion: you came out here tonight to win and what we have witnessed is a knockout.»

The evening wrapped with a live performance of season 2 winner Ruben Studdard singing this season’s elimination song, Kenny Loggins’ «Celebrate Me Home.»

Tomorrow night, after the viewer votes are tallied, Cook and Archuleta will know which one of them will celebrate their win as this season’s «American Idol.»

By Judy Rosen


brother, Bubba Hiers, saying she suffered from sexual harassment and racially offensive talk and employment practices that were unfair to black workers during her five years as a manager of Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House. The dismissal deal came less than two weeks after Judge William T. Moore dismissed the race discrimination claims, ruling Jackson, who is white, had no standing to sue over what she said was poor treatment of black workers. He let Jackson’s claims of sexual harassment stand, but those were dropped in the deal between the lawyers. «While this has been a difficult time for both my family and myself, I am pleased that the judge dismissed the race claims and I am looking forward to getting this behind me, now that the remaining claims have been resolved,» Deen, 66, said in a statement Friday. While Deen said in her statement that «those who truly know how I live my life know that I believe in kindness and fairness for everyone,» she also promised to take a closer look at how her employees are treated. «Moving forward my team and I are working to review the workplace environment issues that were raised in this matter and to retool all of my businesses operations,» Deen said. «I look forward to getting back to doing what I love.» Deen is co-owner of the restaurant, which is primarily run by her brother. Jackson also claimed that Hiers sexually harassed her when she worked at the restaurant from 2005 to 2010. Regardless of the truth behind Jackson’s claims, her lawsuit resulted in serious damage to Deen’s public image. It was Jackson’s lawyer who questioned Deen under oath in May when she acknowledged having used racial slurs in the past. A transcript of the legal deposition became public in June, and the backlash against Deen caused the Food Network and other corporate sponsors and business partners to drop her. Her upcoming book was dropped by the publisher and companies including Wal-Mart, Target and Caesars Entertainment Corp. severed ties with her. The deal to resolve the suit comes little more than a month after Deen and Hiers dumped their attorneys and hired a new legal team. In her lawsuit, Jackson had claimed Hiers frequently made jokes containing racial slurs at work and prohibited black workers from using the restaurant’s front entrance and customer restrooms. She said she was personally offended because she had biracial nieces. Attorneys for Deen said in court filings that Jackson’s lawsuit was based on «scurrilous and false claims.» They said before Jackson filed suit, she threatened to embarrass Deen publicly unless she paid the ex-employee «huge sums of money.»


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