Sideshow: 'Guardians' maintain authority

"Guardians of the Galaxy" held its No. 1 box office spot.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" held its No. 1 box office spot. (Disney - Marvel)
Posted: September 03, 2014

'Guardians' maintain authority

We clearly had better things to do: The top three positions at the box office for the weekend were exactly the same as last week: Guardians of the Galaxy continued its surprising run with an estimated three-day draw of $16.3 million - making it the top box-office draw of the year so far. Next up: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and in its second weekend of release, the teen romantic drama If I Stay.

No ice bucket challenge, but . . .

The Muscular Dystrophy Association had received more than $55.2 million in donations by Monday, spurred by the MDA Show of Strength Telethon held Sunday. The total raised by the charity telethon hosted by pop-star sweethearts Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo will be announced Tuesday.

Leaker/hacker/sex offender

As celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead came forward to confirm or deny whether nude photos leaked from their phones were indeed them, social media commented en masse. One of many tweets from Lena Dunham: "Do not forget that the person who stole these pictures and leaked them is not a hacker: they're a sex offender." In another: "Remember, when you look at these pictures, you are violating these women again and again. It's not okay."

DUI for celeb chef

Todd English, who has opened restaurants around the country and written multiple cookbooks, was charged Sunday with driving while intoxicated, authorities said. Arrested on a county road on Long Island, he posted $1,500 bail later that day.

The chef, whose full name is William Todd English, is the creative force behind a number of restaurants, including Olives, Figs & Fish Club, and he has been a regular on television programs including Iron Chef USA. English also has been honored by the James Beard Foundation for excellence and achievement in cuisine.

Waiting for word on Rivers

Friends continued to tweet prayers and well wishes to Joan Rivers as doctors began a multiday process to wake her from a medically induced coma, which resulted after she went into cardiac arrest during a routine endoscopy last week. The serious condition of the 81-year-old comedian, known for her biting criticism of other celebrities, also drew a fair share of not-so-nice tweets.

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