Sideshow: Justin Bieber honors(?) Anne Frank

The Canadian heartthrob visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, left gauche guest-book sentiment.
The Canadian heartthrob visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, left gauche guest-book sentiment. (FRANCOIS MORI / AP)
Posted: April 16, 2013

Say what you will about pipsqueak pop star Justin Bieber, but the kid is expanding his horizons.

While in Amsterdam this weekend, he stopped by the Anne Frank House museum. It's the actual house in which Frank wrote her famous Diary while the adolescent and her family hid in the cramped attic to escape Nazi persecution during World War II.

As a certified pop idol, Bieber knows a thing or two about teenage girls.

"Truly inspiring to be able to come here," he wrote in the museum's guest book. "Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber."

Well, that's one lens with which to view history.

We have it on good authority that Joan of Arc would have been more into One Direction.

A representative of the museum doesn't think we should be too hard on the egomaniacal singer, telling the BBC, "He's 19; it's a strange life he's living; it wasn't very sensible, but he didn't mean bad. He was very interested in Anne Frank."

Good day for baseball

It's Jackie Robinson Day, when major-league players and umpires all wear No. 42 on their jerseys to honor the man who broke baseball's color line in 1947.

Apparently a lot of people got ready by seeing the Robinson biopic 42. The film topped the box office with a robust $27.3 million opening weekend.

It's already being termed the most successful debut ever for a baseball movie. Yes, even outdoing The Bad News Bears.

The film, starring newcomer Chadwick Boseman as the brave ballplayer and Harrison Ford as the Brooklyn Dodgers exec who signed Robinson to a contract, may have staying power. It earned an exceedingly rare A+ from the CinemaScore poll, indicating very enthusiastic word of mouth.

But 42 is unlikely to hold the top spot for long. Oblivion, the Tom Cruise sci-fi epic that opens here Friday, is already going gangbusters overseas, pulling in $61 million this weekend.

Domestically, it was a steep dropoff from 42 to Scary Movie 5. Even though it featured scenes with tabloid titans Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan together, the film's $15.2 million take is the lowest opening in the history of the spoofy franchise.

The animated caveman movie The Croods stayed on the board in third, followed by G.I. Joe: Retaliation and the screamfest Evil Dead.

Both The Place Beyond the Pines with Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper and director Danny Boyle's thriller Trance took it on the chin in limited release.

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