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Michael Vick says he’s thankful to be playing football again. Now the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback hopes to receive another second chance — to own a dog. A court-ordered rule prevents Vick from owning a dog, but he said in a recent interview, he hopes that one day changes.
One year after losing a decision to
Nikolai Valuev, Evander “Real Deal”
Holyfield – at age 47 – prepares to
enter the ring this month for a
World Boxing Federation title in
Thanks to astronomic word-of-mouth, inflated 3-D ticket prices, and consecutive holiday weekends that began on a Friday, “Avatar” continued its seemingly unstoppable climb to the Hallelujah Mountains of U.S. and global box office.
According to estimates from Hollywood.com Box Office, James Cameron’s sci-fi opus grossed $68.3 million over New Years weekend, a tiny 10 percent drop from Christmas weekend for a $352.1 million domestic total — easily the biggest third weekend in the U.S. ever (2002’s “Spider-Man” had held the record with $45 million).
Much more impressively, in just 17 days, “Avatar” has surpassed $1 billion in the global box office. To put that in perspective, it took “The Dark Knight” pretty much its entire theatrical run just to make it to that milestone. (Another landmark: $66.4 million of “Avatar’s” worldwide total is from IMAX theaters, a record for the mega-screen format.)
“Avatar” wasn’t the only film to ring in the new year with serious box-office bounty, either. “Sherlock Holmes” sleuthed out an elementary $38.4 million for second place, a 41 percent drop for $140 million total.
Hot on its heels, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” chirped to $36.6 million, dropping just 25 percent for $157 million total and third place. (So what will the inevitable third film be called? The Second Squeakquel? The Threakquel?)
“It’s Complicated” fell a bite-sized 15 percent, cooking up $18.7 million for fourth place and $59.1 million total.
And in fifth place, “The Blind Side” actually improved upon its total last week, rising 8 percent for $12.7 million and $209.1 million total. (As EW noted yesterday, this means star Sandra Bullock is the only actress ever to have a film marketed on her star power alone pass $200 million in U.S. box office.)
In fact, with no major debuts to steal away fresh audiences, it was simply a fabulous weekend to be in movie theaters, period. “Up in the Air” pitched down an imperceptible 3 percent with $11.3 million and $45 million total.
“The Princess and the Frog” hopped up 11 percent with $10 million and $86 million total. Even certified turkey “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” was up 4 percent, bringing in $5.2 million for a (still woeful) $25.6 million total.
Overall, the top ten box office was up 70 percent from last year, when “Marley and Me” was barking its way into filmgoers’ hearts.
Katt Williams needs a hobby that doesn’t involve law enforcement.
After having been arrested at least three times in the last three years, the otherwise-quite-successful comedian upped the ante and has been arrested two times in the last two months.
And that doesn’t include being detained for questioning at a Wal-Mart in Newnan, Ga., today.
TMZ, Williams, who’s facing burglary and trespassing charges for what he has called a mixup between him and “two stupid detectives,” was arrested earlier this week over an issue with his bond.
He posted $41,150 bail last month after being accused of breaking into his friend’s guest house and stealing cash and rare coins.
Today, however, Williams got off without seeing the inside of a jail.
Police responded to a 911 call from a Wal-Mart patron who claimed a member of Williams’ entourage broke out a shotgun during some sort of altercation in the parking lot.
The Pimpadelic comic was handcuffed and questioned in the back of a squad car but released without being formally busted. Two people were charged with disorderly conduct, according to Newnan police.
While Williams has a long way to go to equal the streak DMX was on last year, he’d best nip his proclivity for trouble-making in the bud before he ends up behind bars for 90 days.
NY Daily News: Faced with a hopelessly deadlocked jury, a federal judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in John A. (Junior) Gotti’s fourth racketeering trial.
The jury, in its 11th fruitless day of deliberations, sent out its second note in three days announcing it was at a stalemate on all three charges against the now-Teflon Son.
Judge Kevin Castel then declared a mistrial in the 11-week old case, yet another stinging defeat for the government in its relentless pursuit of the second-generation mob boss.
Gotti inhaled deeply, his face flushed, and his family applauded as the decision was announced. Defense lawyer Charles Carnesi put his hand on Gotti’s back.
Gotti was expected to walk out of court following a bail hearing – his first taste of freedom since August 2008,
when he was arrested on the latest indictment.
The former Gambino boss faced life in prison if convicted – and could still face a fifth trial.
“Damn it, let it go,” said his sister, Victoria, as the family celebrated its latest courtroom triumph. “It’s the
same thing over and over and over again.
“We’re no organized crime family. We’re just a family.”
The family was planning a belated Thanksgiving celebration for Gotti, his wife and their six kids, said his brother-in-law, Louis Albano.
The panel announced it was hung after returning from a five-day Thanksgiving weekend vacation.
It marked the fourth failed prosecution of Gotti in five years, all ending with hung juries and mistrials.
This jury deliberated longer than the first three, but ultimately reached the same conclusion.
The mistrial boosted Junior Gotti – who spent six years in prison on an earlier conviction – past his dad in
John (Dapper Don) Gotti beat three cases before he was convicted and jailed for life on murder and racketeering charges.
The one-time Gambino family boss was charged with racketeering and a pair of drug murders.
The divided jury sent out its first deadlock note Nov. 19, prompting the judge to give them a three-day weekend.
They returned Nov. 23, but found itself split again a day later.
Castel read the jury an “Allen charge,” a last-ditch legal effort to urge a jury verdict before a mistrial.
Gotti, 45, used the same defense that worked in three prior cases: He quit the mob in 1999. The retirement defense split the three prior panels, and the fourth time proved a charm, too.
Gotti’s fourth racketeering trial in five years began Sept. 21, with the anonymous jurors listening to a pair of familiar refrains.
Prosecutors described him as a ruthless mob boss responsible for murders, mayhem and drug dealing.
The defense, as it did successfully three previous times, insisted Gotti retired from “The Life” a decade ago.
Emotions ran high through the trial, which made as much news through courtroom theatrics as testimony. There were angry outbursts by Gotti and his mother, along with ugly backbiting among the jurors.
Junior exploded at his former buddy John Alite, a drug dealer turned mob informer who spent more than a week testifying against Gotti.
“You got something to say to me?” the star government witness barked at Gotti as he left the witness stand last month.
“You fag!” Gotti shouted back. “Did I kill little girls? You’re a punk. You’re a dog. You’re a dog. You always were a dog your whole life, you punk dog.”
Alite described his former best man as hot-tempered, violent and responsible for eight murders – including one where he gutted the victim with a knife inside a Queens bar.
He also infuriated the Gottis by repeating his claim of a romance with Junior’s sister Victoria, claiming she turned to him after beatings inflicted by her ex-husband.
As the defense wrapped up its case, mob matriarch Victoria Gotti unleashed a vulgar tirade at Federal Judge Kevin
Castel over his decision to cut loose a pair of feuding jurors.
One of the two, Juror 7, was widely seen as favoring the defense.
“F—– animals!” the seething mother screamed. ” … “The f—— gangsters! You son of a bitches! Put your own sons in there. You bastards!”
Gotti’s mother was not in court Tuesday.
The jury’s infighting – including an anonymous letter of complaint sent by one juror to the judge – became a recurring theme during the trial.
Castel, trying to calm the divided panel, at one point offered the jury a sweet treat: A plastic jar filled with 105 individually-wrapped pieces of strawberry licorice.
Cavaliers center Shaquille O’Neal managed to avoid what could have been a financially devastating divorce from his wife, Shaunie once, but I wonder if he can do it a second time. The website that hipped the nation to rumors of Shaq cheating the first time around is hearing from their same credible source that he’s cheating again. But it gets even worse. The source claims to have come across emails “regarding a secret sexual relationship between Shaq and Wizards baller Gilbert Arenas’ fiancee Laura Govan.” This alleged affair has gone on for the past five years and they reportedly fly to each others’ cities to be together. Meanwhile, Laura is pregnant with her and Gilbert’s third kid and she’s friends with Shaunie! If it’s true, it’s messed up all around.
Looks like Cassie’s getting the last laugh. After six months on the air as host of his own morning show on Philadelphia’s The Beat 100.3, controversial on-air personality Charlamagne Tha God was fired this morning.