Sideshow: 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' in 3D was worth the wait

Posted: April 01, 2013

Was it worth waiting for 3D? Was it ever! G.I. Joe: Retaliation deployed to the top spot at the box office after a nine-month delay to convert the film to 3D. Starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Bruce Willis, and Channing Tatum, the movie earned $41.2 million for the weekend. The animated prehistoric comedy The Croods slipped to the No. 2 spot with $26.5 million in its second weekend.

A sad split

Less than two years after getting married, daughter of the perfect Meryl Streep, Mamie Gummer,  and husband Benjamin Walker have split. The couple announced their engagement in 2009 and wed in July 2011. The breakup is amicable, says Gummer's publicist. Walker, 30, and Gummer, 29, met during a spring 2008 production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in New York.

Eggs with that

Anne Burrell helps test up-and-coming chefs for top spots at premiere restaurants on her show, Chef Wanted, but Monday, she'll have her own big gig: cooking for attendees at the White House Easter Egg Roll. On Burrell's menu: orecchiette with broccoli rabe pesto and sausage. (Sounds pretty healthy. Where are the chocolate bunnies?)

A legend, a witness

Prince is one of nearly 100 people who will be called to testify in the Jackson family's case against AEG Live, according to TMZ. (The company that sponsored the "This Is It" tour is being sued for hiring and supervising Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death.) Seems Prince had a bad - but not as bad - experience with AEG, too.

Flea fatality

The good news: This confirms that flea circuses are real. The bad news: A troupe of the performing fleas died in the freezing temps gripping Germany. En route to the open-air fair in the western town of Mechernich-Kommern, all 300 fleas were found dead in their travel case. Thankfully, fair organizer Michael Faber said, a nearby university was able to provide 50 fleas in time for the first scheduled show. But wait . . . how did the new guys learn their parts so quickly?

Tidbits etc.

Creative genius? Yes. But a group of researchers from Aberystwyth University in Wales say in a paper to be delivered at the Hay literary festival that Shakespeare was also a hoarder and tax dodger. Say it isn't so, Bill! . . . Speaking of genius, Christopher Walken celebrated his 70th Sunday. More cowbell, please!

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