Box office boredom
The No. 1 movie of the weekend was big in a small way: Jack the Giant Slayer, the Warner Bros. 3D action flick based on the Jack and the Beanstalk legend, made just $28 million. Among other new releases, 21 & Over, made only $9 million to open in third place. And The Last Exorcism Part II made its debut in fourth place with just over $8 million.
Hundreds celebrate Cliburn
Nearly 1,400 people attended a memorial service in Texas on Sunday for celebrated classical pianist Van Cliburn, who died last week of cancer. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra accompanied a choir as pallbearers carried the flower-covered coffin of Cliburn, best remembered for winning the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958.
Queens get queasy, too
What landed Queen Elizabeth in the hospital Sunday with gastroenteritis? Her arrival at King Edward VII Hospital - where Kate Middleton convalesced for severe morning sickness - was a precautionary measure after the monarch, 86, fell ill Friday night, says a palace spokesman.
That mischievous 'Fresh Prince'
According to the Beaver County Times, a medical receptionist who called Travis Clawson, 19, to remind him of his eye doctor appointment heard his voice-mail greeting say: "Shooting some people outside of the school." He was actually singing part of Will Smith's Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song, "And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school," which Clawson got to explain to police after they put his Ambridge Area High School on lockdown. Whoops!
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