Monday, May 12, 2003

Swimsuit model Jenna wins 'Survivor: The Amazon'

New York -- Jenna Morasca outlasted her rivals to become the newest "Survivor" millionaire.

Morasca, a 21-year-old swimsuit model from Pittsburgh, was declared winner over Matthew Von Ertfelda, a 33-year-old restaurant designer from Washington, D.C., when the ballots were tallied live at Sunday's conclusion of "Survivor: The Amazon." It was the sixth edition of CBS' hit adventure game show.

For beating 15 others in the 39-day competition, which was taped last fall in a remote rain forest on the Amazon River, Morasca takes home the $1 million prize as "sole survivor." Runner-up Von Ertfelda wins $100,000.

The evening began with four finalists, but middle school principal Butch Lockley and Rob Cesternino, a computer projects coordinator, were ousted before the final tribal jury.

'X2' retains top box-office spot

Los Angeles -- Mutants preserved their power at the box office as "X2: X-Men United," starring Hugh Jackman, remained the No. 1 movie, taking in $41.4 million in its second weekend.

Eddie Murphy's family comedy "Daddy Day Care" opened in second place with $27.6 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Other estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc.:

3. "The Lizzie McGuire Movie," $7.8 million.

4. "Identity," $6.3 million.

5. "Anger Management," $5.5 million.

6. "Holes," $4.6 million.

7. "A Mighty Wind," $2.9 million.

8. "Malibu's Most Wanted," $2.1 million.

9. "Bend It Like Beckham," $1.65 million.

10. "Confidence," $1.5 million.

Lewinsky offers opinion on parent-child privilege

Los Angeles -- The federal government should guarantee parents protection against testifying against their own children, former White House intern and reality TV host Monica Lewinsky says.

In an opinion piece published in Sunday's Los Angeles Times, Lewinsky said it seemed appropriate on Mother's Day to urge Congress to establish a parent-child privilege.

Lewinsky had a sexual relationship with President Clinton and discussed it in 1997 with her friend Linda Tripp, who secretly recorded the talks and handed the tapes over to investigators.

Lewinsky, who now hosts FOX's reality dating show "Mr. Personality," wrote about the devastation she felt when her own mother was subpoenaed to testify in the Kenneth Starr investigation.

McCartney offers golden oldies in historic setting

Rome -- They were old hits in an even older venue, attracting a modern audience willing to pay up to $1,490 for the privilege.

Ringed by the crumbled walls of the Colosseum, Paul McCartney strummed his acoustic guitar Saturday night and belted out Beatles tunes, including "Yesterday" and "Hey Jude," at a charity show that raised more than $287,000.

Profits from the show are going to Rome's archaeological offices and to Adopt-a-Minefield, the antilandmines charity backed by the singer and his wife, Heather Mills.