'Matrix' sequel breaks record

Hordes of fans took another trip down the rabbit hole with Neo, Trinity and the other characters of "The Matrix Reloaded," starring Keanu Reeves, giving the sequel the highest opening weekend gross of any R-rated film on record.

The Warner Bros. sequel to 1999's "The Matrix" took in an estimated $93.3 million from Friday through Sunday, capturing 59.8 percent of the total gross of the weekend's top 12 films, according to studio estimates.

Other estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday:

2. "Daddy Day Care," $19.2 million.

3. "X2: X-Men United," $17.1 million.

4. "Down With Love," $7.6 million.

5. "The Lizzie McGuire Movie," $4.5 million.

6. "Anger Management," $3.6 million.

7. "Identity," $3.4 million.

8. "Holes," $3 million.

9. "A Mighty Wind," $1.7 million.

10. "Bend It Like Beckham," $1.5 million.

'Eight Is Enough' star pleads no contest to DUI charges

Pomona, Calif. -- Adam Rich, who played the youngest son on the former television series "Eight Is Enough," was placed on three years probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

A Superior Court judge on Friday also ordered Rich to take part in a 60-day treatment program and pay about $1,200 in fines, said his lawyer, Stephen Sitkoff.

Rich, 34, who has been in rehabilitation programs in the past, allegedly had cocaine and drugs in his system when he was arrested Dec. 18.

Former first lady awarded

Los Angeles -- Former first lady Nancy Reagan received the Navy's highest civilian honor during an Armed Forces Day ceremony attended by sailors who will crew a new aircraft carrier named for her husband.

Acting Navy Secretary Hansford Johnson presented Reagan with the Distinguished Public Service Award. A citation recognized her "poise and bearing" in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The 1,092-foot USS Ronald Reagan will be commissioned July 12 in Norfolk, Va.

Donahue raises controversy with commencement speech

Raleigh, N.C. -- Liberal talk show pioneer Phil Donahue drew both catcalls and cheers with a politically tinged commencement address at North Carolina State University.

A handful of the nearly 4,000 new N.C. State graduates walked out of the ceremony Saturday at the RBC Center when Donahue began listing "what liberals believe."

Donahue, 67, whose most recent talk show on MSNBC was canceled in February after six months, said constitutional rights and privileges had been eroded.

"Only Congress can declare war," he said to some cheers and boos, "and not just one man, the president."

What liberals believe, he said, "is that no one in authority should tell you to 'shush;' that executing retarded teenagers is wrong and that unions give workers a deserved place at the bargaining table."


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