Monday, April 28, 2003

'Identity' leads box office

Los Angeles -- The murder-mystery "Identity" made a killing at the box office, taking in $17 million in its first weekend and displacing "Anger Management," which fell to No. 2 with $16 million.

"Identity," with John Cusack, Ray Liotta and Amanda Peet, is a thriller about travelers stranded in a rainstorm at a motel where guests are bumped off one by one.

The weekend's other new releases debuted weakly. The con-men romp "Confidence," with Edward Burns and Dustin Hoffman, came in at No. 5 with $4.75 million.

Other weekend ticket sales:

3. "Holes," $13 million.
4. "Malibu's Most Wanted," $7.7 million.
5. "Confidence," $4.75 million.
6. "Bulletproof Monk," "$4.65 million.
7. "What a Girl Wants," $3.35 million.
8. "Phone Booth," $3.1 million.
9. "It Runs in the Family," $3 million.
10. "The Real Cancun," $2.3 million.

Jackie Robinson up to receive posthumous Congressional honor

Washington -- Four U.S. senators want to posthumously honor Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier in 1947, with Congress' highest honor, a Congressional Gold Medal.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., grew up six blocks from Ebbets Field, where Robinson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

She and Senators John Kerry, D-Mass., John McCain, R-Ariz., and Tom Daschle, D-S.D., are co-sponsoring the bill that would result in the honor being bestowed on Robinson.

The senators will have a press conference Wednesday in Washington to gain support for the bill.

Princess Di correspondence among fashion editor's estate

Gray, Maine -- Eight letters and a Christmas card from Princess Diana will go on the auction block this week along with 300 other items from the estate of fashion editor Liz Tilberis.

Tilberis, who died of ovarian cancer in 1999 at age 51, often hobnobbed with celebrities like Diana through her work as editor of British Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.

The letters were expected to fetch about $32,000 altogether at the auction Wednesday at the Cyr Auction Gallery in this southern Maine town.

Other auction items include four Versace tops made for Tilberis with personalized labels, a sketch of Tilberis by designer Karl Lagerfeld, and a full set of Versace china. Some proceeds are for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Oscar winner Peter Stone dies

New York -- Peter Stone, who won an Oscar, an Emmy and three Tony awards during a career in which he wrote the musicals "1776" and "Titanic" and the film classic "Charade," died Saturday of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 73.

Stone was an acclaimed writer for both the stage and screen. He won Tonys for writing the books to the musicals "1776" (1969), "Woman of the Year" (1981) and "Titanic" (1997).

With co-writers S.H. Barnett and Frank Tarloff, Stone won an Oscar in 1964 for "Father Goose," the World War II comedy starring Cary Grant.