Oct 2, 2011, 9:04 a.m.
"Dolphin Tale" leaps to top of movie box office
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Family film "Dolphin Tale" jumped to the top of the movie box office over the weekend, unseating "The Lion King" and beating four newcomers, according to studio estimates released on Sunday. "Dolphin Tale," which had finished third when it debuted a week earlier, took in $14.2 million over three days at U.S. and Canadian theaters. The movie is based on the true story of a dolphin that gets snared by a crab trap and is rehabilitated with a prosthetic tail.
Week 1: winners, losers in Michael Jackson trial
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The trial of the doctor accused of responsibility for the June 2009 death of pop star Michael Jackson ended its first week, after an emotional start covered on television and making headlines worldwide. Dr. Conrad Murray denies a charge of involuntary manslaughter against him in the death of the "Thriller" singer through an overdose of the anesthetic propofol and prescription drugs.
Afghans rock at first music festival in three decades
KABUL (Reuters) - Live rock returned to Afghanistan after three long decades on Saturday as young men and women cheered and leapt into the air to the sound of heavy bass beats and punk rock. Bands from Australia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan served up a six-hour musical feast of blues, indie, electronica and death metal to hundreds of fans, many of whom had never seen live music before.
A look behind the making of "Terra Nova" dinosaurs
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Everybody knows what dinosaurs look and sound like. After all, who hasn't seen the "Jurassic Park" movies. So what if your boss is Steven Spielberg -- the guy who created that movie and is chiefly responsible for those dinosaurs? And he says that for his new TV show, "Terra Nova," make me dinosaurs but don't make them look or sound like "Jurassic Park" dinosaurs?
Judge issues gag order in Jackson death trial
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The judge in the manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor issued a sharply worded gag order for attorneys on Friday and ordered one of them to return for a possible contempt hearing after he appeared on a TV show telling details about the case. Judge Michael Pastor's order came at midday on Friday, the fourth day of the widely watched trial in which prosecutors are trying to prove Dr. Conrad Murray was responsible for the drug overdose that caused the pop star's death on June 25, 2009.
Cancer comedy "50/50" hits home for Anjelica Huston
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar winning actress Angelica Huston has often played quirky roles in films like "The Addams Family" and "The Royal Tenenbaums." This weekend, the 60 year-old Hollywood star plays her most "normal" character to date in the cancer comedy "50/50." The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young man whose life changes drastically when he is diagnosed with cancer. Huston plays Diane, his overbearing mother.
Analysis: Fox wounded, but not because of News Corp crisis