Monday, September 22, 2003
'Underworld' leads pack
Los Angeles -- The vampires-vs.-werewolves blood feud "Underworld" put the bite on movie-goers, debuting as the top weekend movie with $22 million.
"Underworld," starring Kate Beckinsale as a vampire warrior, buried other new movies, with the Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonce Knowles gospel romance "The Fighting Temptations" opening in second place with $13.2 million.
Other estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc.:
3. "Secondhand Lions," $12.9 million.
4. "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," $11.5 million.
5. "Cold Creek Manor," $8.3 million.
6. "Matchstick Men," $7.8 million.
7. "Cabin Fever," $3.9 million.
8. "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star," $3.8 million.
9. "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," $3.5 million.
10. "Lost in Translation," $2.8 million.
Cosby throws support behind Philadelphia mayor
Philadelphia -- A new television campaign ad for Mayor John F. Street features actor Bill Cosby touting the mayor's accomplishments.
"Some politicians, they hug people and kiss babies," Cosby says in the 30-second spot. "Mayor Street -- his way of kissing and hugging is to put more policemen on the streets."
Street campaign spokesman Dan Fee said he was unaware of Cosby ever being involved in a campaign before and said Cosby just wanted to help the incumbent Democrat.
Street is campaigning against Republican Sam Katz in rematch of their 1999 campaign, which ended with Street beating Katz by less than 2 percent of the vote.
Lifestyles of the rich and famous
London -- Two of Europe's wealthiest families were joined in a wedding billed by the society pages as the event of the decade.
Around 600 guests gathered Saturday at St. Mary's Church in Bury St. Edmunds, southeast England, to see Ben Goldsmith, 23, son of the late billionaire Sir James Goldsmith, marry Kate Rothschild, 21, heir to one of Europe's most famous banking families.
The bride is expecting the couple's first child in February.
Invited guests included former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman and television host David Frost.
Hillary Clinton to speak at public leadership conference
New York Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will speak next month at the Riley Institute's "Women & Politics: Transforming Public Leadership" conference at Furman University in Greenville, S.C.
Clinton and CBS News correspondent Lesley Stahl will kick off the two-day conference Oct. 6.
The event is sponsored by the Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics and Public Leadership. Riley served as South Carolina governor and U.S. Secretary of Education.