Monday, September 29, 2003

The Rock runs down competitors

Los Angeles -- The Rock smacked down the competition with his action comedy "The Rundown," which opened as the weekend's top movie by earning $18.5 million.

Diane Lane's romance "Under the Tuscan Sun" opened in second place with $9.41 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. It edged last weekend's No. 1 movie, "Underworld," which slipped to third with $9.4 million.
Rounding out the top 10:

4. "Secondhand Lions," $8.25 million.

5. "The Fighting Temptations," $6.5 million.

6. "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," $5.1 million.

7. "Duplex," $4.4 million.

8. "Cold Creek Manor," $4.3 million.

9. "Matchstick Men," $4.29 million.

10. "Lost in Translation," $3.5 million.

Rapper chooses boxer's digs

Farmington, Conn. -- Rapper 50 Cent has purchased a mansion that once belonged to former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

The rapper, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, bought the 48,000-square-foot mansion for $4.1 million, according to records on file with the town clerk.

The property, which includes a 52-room home, servants' quarters and a boathouse, was bought from Tyson's ex-wife, Monica Turner Tyson.

50 Cent's music draws on his dangerous past, when he hustled crack growing up in a gritty neighborhood in the Queens section of New York City.

Local police told The Herald of New Britain they have taken note of his history.

"He is a citizen and we are concerned for his safety as well as the safety of the public," said police Capt. James Rio.

Costner feels call of westerns

San Sebastian, Spain -- Actor Kevin Costner and his new western drama rode into town and rounded up the San Sebastian Film Festival.

"Open Range" was shown out of competition and closed out the festival.

Costner, 48, said he loved watching movies as well as being in them. He co-produced, directed and starred in 1990's "Dances with Wolves," which won seven Oscars including best picture and best director.

Costner, who also starred in "The Untouchables" and "JFK," said that regardless of whether the western had fallen out commercially, good actors and audiences would always be drawn to the genre.

"The western is about feelings of men, how people communicate with each other, about land," he said.

Hang with celebs -- for a price

New York -- Celebrity encounters and Hollywood memorabilia -- including golf with Michael Douglas -- will be auctioned today at Christie's. The People for the American Way Foundation is host.

Dozens of TV and movie items are included in the PFAWF Fantasy Auction, the liberal foundation said. Admission is $100.

The auction also will include walk-on spots on "Whoopi" and "Law & Order"; lunch with Richard Dreyfuss and Bob Balaban; signed scripts by Meryl Streep, the cast of "Frasier," and "All in the Family" creator Norman Lear, founder of People for the American Way; and signed posters by Billy Joel, Paul Newman and John Sayles.