'Scary Movie 3' still No. 1

Los Angeles -- Audiences were in a laughing mood for Halloween as the horror spoof "Scary Movie 3" took in $21.1 million to remain the top film for a second-straight weekend.

In its wide-release debut, Disney's animated tale "Brother Bear" opened in second place with $18.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The haul for "Brother Bear" was only for Saturday and Sunday.

Studios overall reported a big slump in ticket sales Friday because of Halloween, with only horror flicks such as "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," at $10.9 million, holding up well that night.

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

4. "Radio," $10.2 million.

5. "Runaway Jury," $6.9 million.

6. "Mystic River," $6.3 million.

7. "Kill Bill -- Vol. 1," $4.7 million.

8. "The School of Rock," $4.4 million.

9. "Intolerable Cruelty," $2.7 million.

10. "In the Cut," $2.3 million.

P. Diddy runs the city

New York City -- Running on a bum right knee and just two months of training, hip-hop entrepreneur Sean "P. Diddy" Combs finished the grueling New York City Marathon on Sunday in four hours, 14 minutes and 54 seconds.

The producer-rapper decided in September he would run his first marathon in a bid to raise $1 million for children. Dubbing the effort "Diddy Runs the City," he planned to divide the money raised among two children's advocate groups and the city public school system.

Combs reportedly kept a respectable pace in the 26.2-mile run.

Among his donors: Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who pitched in $10,000; rapper Jay-Z, who gave $25,000; and gossip-column regulars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, who gave a combined $78,000.

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That sense of humor

Coral Gables, Fla. -- Barbara Bush introduced her new book at a fund-raiser for the Florida Center for the Literary Arts.

Gov. Jeb Bush introduced his mother Saturday, joking about her outspoken nature.

"With every passing year, we have no clue what she's going to say in public," he told the crowd waiting to get copies of her best-selling book, "Reflections: Life After the White House."

Bush said she was able to remain grounded by never taking herself too seriously. She also wished she had kept all the photos of supposed Barbara Bush look-alikes over the years.

"You cannot survive without a sense of humor, especially in politics," she said.

Gay rights group awards Innes

Los Angeles -- Actress Laura Innes received this year's Artistry Award from the gay rights organization Power Up for her portrayal of a gay character on the hit medical drama "ER."

Innes plays Dr. Kerry Weaver on the NBC show.

"I hope her inclusion in prime time helps break down barriers of prejudice and injustice on-screen and off," Innes said.

The Power Up organization promotes the visibility of gay women in entertainment.


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