'Machines' rises to top box office

Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" annihilated the competition, grossing $44 million in its first weekend and $72.5 million since opening Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.

Reese Witherspoon's "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde" debuted in second place with a $22.9 million weekend and $39.2 million since its Wednesday premiere.

The weekend's other new wide release, the animated "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas," bombed in sixth place, taking in only $6.8 million, despite a voice cast that includes Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Other estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters.:

3. Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, $14.2 million.

4. Finding Nemo, $11 million.

5. The Hulk, $8.2 million.

7. 28 Days Later, $6.1 million.

8. The Italian Job, $4.3 million.

9. Bruce Almighty, $4 million.

10. 2 Fast 2 Furious, $2.4 million.

Singers give royal performance

London -- Beyonce Knowles, Shania Twain, Craig David and David Gray were among a host of singers who took to the stage in London's Hyde Park for an open-air concert to raise money for disadvantaged children.

More than 100,000 tickets were sold for Sunday's "Party in the Park," which is expected to raise more than 1 million pounds (US$1.6 million) for the Prince's Trust, the charity headed by Prince Charles.

Charles was guest of honor at the concert attended largely by teenagers.

Reality show moves filming to different Chicago neighborhood

Chicago -- The producers of the reality television show "Starting Over" are doing just that.

They've moved the show's production to a different neighborhood in Chicago, after angry residents of the original upscale neighborhood sued to keep the show from filming there.

"There's more than one great house in Chicago," said Jim Johnston, one of the show's producers.

The show that features six women looking to "reinvent their lives" moved to a mansion on the city's North Side.

The program is scheduled to debut this fall on NBC.

Movie plot hits close to home

Santa Barbara, Calif. -- Screenwriter and director Nick Cassavetes is writing a movie about a fugitive drug dealer, saying details of the case hit close to home.

Jesse James Hollywood, 23, is wanted for allegedly ordering the 2000 execution of 15-year-old Nicholas Markowitz in the San Fernando Valley in retaliation for an unpaid drug debt.

Cassavetes said his teenage daughter briefly went to the high school that Hollywood and Markowitz attended.

"I guess this story just hits close to home because it could have been my own daughter," he said. "It was in my back yard."

He sees the story as depicting the intersection of the drug underworld and middle-class suburbia.

"I think it bears true to how things can go wrong so fast and then there's no turning back, only the wreckage of people's lives," Cassavetes said.


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