Sideshow | Princes present a concert for Diana

Posted: July 02, 2007

Prince William and Prince Harry took to the stage at London's Wembley Stadium yesterday at a star-studded pop concert they planned themselves in honor of their mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 46th birthday.

The princes greeted an estimated 70,000 fans at the stadium - with millions more watching the event live worldwide - to thank them for coming.

"This evening is about all that my mother loved in life: her music, her charity, and her family and friends," William said. Harry added a special message for his army unit, currently serving in Iraq.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to say hi to all the guys in A Squadron of the Household Cavalry, who are serving out in Iraq at the moment.

"I wish I was there with you. I'm sorry I can't be. But to all of those on operations at the moment, we'd both like to say 'Stay safe.' "

Harry, a second lieutenant in the regiment, was banned from going to Iraq for security reasons.

The crowd cheered as Elton John took to the piano to sing "Your Song" - and took to their feet when the princes introduced one of their mother's favorite bands, Duran Duran.

William said the concert was a chance for people to "remember all the good things about her because she's not here to defend herself when she gets criticized."

Tickets for the concert cost $90, with proceeds going to causes Diana supported, including land-mine and AIDS charities.

- Associated Press

'Ratatouille' debuts at No. 1

A Disney rodent not named Mickey made it to the top of the box office this weekend.

Ratatouille, an animated comedy about a gourmet rat, debuted at No. 1 with $47.2 million, according to studio estimates yesterday.

The 20th Century Fox action thriller Live Free or Die Hard, with Bruce Willis returning as unstoppable cop John McClane, opened in second-place with $33.15 million. Since opening Wednesday, the movie has grossed $48.2 million.

In narrower release, Michael Moore's health-care documentary Sicko, from the Weinstein Co. and Lionsgate, took in $4.5 million in its nationwide debut to finish at No. 9.

Focus Features' family drama Evening, with an all-star cast that includes Meryl Streep, Vanessa Redgrave, Glenn Close and Claire Danes, opened at No. 10 with $3.5 million.

Last weekend's No. 1 movie, Universal's Evan Almighty, fell to No. 3 with $15.1 million, raising its 10-day total to $60.6 million. Its sharp 52 percent fall dims prospects for recouping the film's $175 million production budget.

As for the rest of the top 10, 1408 came in at No. 4 with $10.6 million; Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer hit No. 5 with $9 million; Knocked Up was No. 6 with $7.4 million; Ocean's Thirteen garnered $6.05 million to make No. 7; and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End settled at No. 8 with $5 million.

- AP

A new look

Philly interior designer Cheri Privor showed up at the swank Water Works restaurant on Thursday - only to be ambushed on the veranda for a makeover by Clinton Kelly and Stacy London of TLC's What Not to Wear. The episode will be on in September.

- Michael Klein

Getting in the swing

Sally Field likes golf. She really, really likes golf.

Instead of merely watching the U.S. Women's Open from the gallery, the Academy Award-winning actress tried playing, taking her first lesson on a practice hole at Pine Needles with former LPGA star Peggy Kirk Bell.

"I would go to all these locations and think ... why don't I play golf?" Field said.

Field also came to the Open to promote awareness of women's health issues, including osteoporosis, which Field was diagnosed with last year.

- AP


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