hp-poster-group1Well, it’s hardly surprising and it’s barely news but VARIETY is reporting that HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE has already hit the $100 million mark….and it’s not even the week-end yet! Hit the link for the full scoop:

 


 

 

 


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LOS ANGELES - Michael Jackson’s brother says it’s easy as 1-2-3 to tell the King of Pop is the biological father of his three kids.

“They are all Michael’s children. Prince looks just like my grandfather. There’s no question they are Michael’s. They are 100% his,” Tito told the U.K.’s Daily Mirror, referring to Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and Blanket, 7.

“Blanket is Michael’s. I can tell. Those eyes don’t like. Them eyes are Michael all over again. I see a lot of Michael in him,” he told the newspaper.

He said it doesn’t matter if they’re black or white.

“I have an uncle who is married to a white girl, and they have three kids. Two of them are white and one is black,” he said. “Then they go to school, people don’t even know they are brother and sister.

Michael’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe, who gave birth to Prince Michael and Paris has a pale complexion and blonde hair.

“Paris and Prince are Michael’s children,” Tito, 55, insisted. “Yes they are. Just because they look white doesn’t mean they are not his.”

He said he did not know the identity of Blanket’s mother, calling it “the million dollar question.


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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” it dominated the box office  with opening day ticket sales of $58.4 million, the movie is poised to be the series’ most successful opening to date.  and of course and it might break more record this weekend.  “Half-Blood Prince,” of course, is the 6th movie in the series.  The 3 young actors who star as Harry, Hermione, and Ron started out the series as pre-teens and have now grown up together… so we  asked Rupert Grint if he ever looks back at the old movies – you know, when they were “still kids.” (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW TO HEAR RUPERT GRINT)

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150The economy is ailing and the public is glum, but stand-up acts like Dane Cook, Russell Peters, and Larry the Cable Guy are still laughing all the way to the bank.

Comedy’s 10 top earners — a list that also includes George Lopez, Jeff Foxworthy, Howie Mandel, and Terry Fator — collectively raked in $256 million between June 2008 and June 2009. While each of them has been padding his wallet with stand-up earnings, they’re also finding ways to cash in on merchandise, DVDs, television, and Hollywood flicks.

Jerry Seinfeld tops the list. He earned $85 million during the 12-month period. Syndication deals for his eponymous sitcom, which he produced, wrote, and starred in, made up the bulk of his income. Off the air for more than a decade, the “show about nothing” continues to mint money. The funnyman was able to bolster his TV earnings with a pricey Microsoft campaign and lucrative stand-up gigs.

Seinfeld’s next project is a reality show titled “The Marriage Ref,” which he’ll produce for his former network, NBC. The premise: Opinionated stars will comment, judge, and offer differing strategies to real-life couples in the midst of marital disputes. Despite heavy fan interest, the General Electric-owned network’s onetime golden boy will reportedly remain behind the scenes.

Chris Rock lands at No. 2 on the list with $42 million. Over the course of the year, he added a slew of big-screen flicks to his resume (”Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” the upcoming “Death at a Funeral,” and “Grown Ups”), released a new top-rated HBO comedy special (”Kill the Messenger”), and snagged another book deal with Grand Central Publishing. Come fall, his TV show, “Everybody Hates Chris,” which he created and narrates for the CW, will kick off its syndication run.

Even more lucrative, Rock hit the road for his first worldwide stand-up tour. In addition to typical stateside stops like Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago, his “No Apologies” tour touched down in the U.K., Australia, and South Africa. “He was the first American comic to really break open international markets,” says Steve Levine, executive vice president of the concert department at ICM, which counts Rock among its star clients. “The old saw was ‘comedy doesn’t translate,’ but that’s definitely not the case with Chris Rock. They loved him.”

Rounding out the top three is ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, who banked an estimated $30 million over the course of the year. His placement on this list is hardly a shock when you consider the red-hot year the YouTube sensation and relentless touring act has had — he performed some 145 shows during the 12-month time period. Among his resume highlights: the most-watched Comedy Central special in the Viacom-owned cable network’s history and the best-rated Amazon DVD of all time. Still more impressive, Dunham was crowned North America’s top-grossing touring comedy act of 2008 and has a Comedy Central sitcom slated to debut later this year.

“The one thing I’m proud of most is that my show has no social redeeming value whatsoever,” jokes Dunham. “I’m not here to teach anybody anything. You come and leave your brain at the door.” And that’s just what today’s audience is after.

VIA: OMG.com



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adam-brodyADAM BRODY (THE O.C., THANK YOU FOR SMOKING)  is about to wrap shooting on the KEVIN SMITH comedy, A COUPLE OF DICKS. We caught up with BRODY a few days ago and he talked about his part in the film. Listen in below:

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ADAM BRODY will next be seen in DEATH IN LOVE opening in theaters 7/17

 

CAUTION: TRAILER POSSIBLY NSFW


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Famed impressionist, Fred Travalena, who died June 28 after battling cancer, will be getting a proper sendoff Saturday, July 18. His public memorial will have plenty of celebs on hand to say goodbye to the comedian.

Confirmed to attend and pay tribute: Oscar winners Shirley MacLaine and Shirley Jones as well as Jones’ husband, comedian Marty Ingalls. Comic Tom Dressen, will M.C. the memorial. Others expected, legendary game show host, Wink Martindale along with singers Frank Sinatra Jr., Jack Jones, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.

 In addition, remembrances from President George H.W. Bush (Bush #41) will be read as part of the memorial.

 Fans are invited to the Travalena memorial, which begins at 1:00 p.m. PDT in the Living Room Theater at the Church on the Way

, 14300 Sherman Way in Van Nuys CA.

RIP - October 6, 1942 - June 28, 2009

RIP - October 6, 1942 - June 28, 2009

 

 


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vanessa-hudgensIn New York City to promote her upcoming musical comedy, BANDSLAM, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL sweetheart VANESSA HUDGENS talked about shooting in Austin, Texas and how this gig gave her a chance to break out on her own. Listen in below:

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BANDSLAM opens in theaters in August


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blair-pettySELMA BLAIR is in town to promote her new movie, THE POKER HOUSE. It’s a nicely put together drama both written and directed by LORI PETTY , an actress who’s been m.i.a. for a while now. We spoke with BLAIR and she talked about working with the first time director. Listen in below:

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