Monday, March 8, 2004
Tribeca film fest growing
New York City -- The third Tribeca Film Festival will screen 150 works on topics ranging from South African democracy to misery in a Brazilian prison, while celebrating lower Manhattan's rebirth after the terror attacks, actor Robert De Niro said.
"We felt we needed something to heal our neighborhood and our city," said De Niro, who co-founded the annual event in his lower Manhattan neighborhood.
This year's festival offers features, documentaries, shorts and major studio premieres that last year drew 350,000 spectators who spent $47 million in the city. The festival will take place the first two weekends in May.
'The Passion' soars beyond $200 million
Los Angeles -- Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" took in $51.4 million in its second weekend to remain the top movie, racing past the $200 million mark in just 12 days.
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson's action comedy "Starsky & Hutch" debuted in second place with $29.05 million, while Viggo Mortensen's horse-racing adventure "Hidalgo" opened at No. 3 with $19.6 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Here are other estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc.:
4. "50 First Dates," $7.7 million.
5. "Twisted," $5 million.
6. "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen," $4 million.
7. "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," $3.2 million.
8. "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights," $2.85 million.
9. "Miracle," $2.6 million.
10. "Monster," $2.25 million.
Bush's brother remarries
Houston -- Presidential brother Neil Bush, who divorced his wife of 23 years in a messy split last year, has married a woman who once volunteered for former first lady Barbara Bush.
Neil Bush, 48, married Maria Andrews on Saturday in Houston in the mansion of longtime Bush family friends Rania and Jamal Daniel, the Houston Chronicle reported Sunday. The couple became engaged in December after Bush proposed in a French chateau.
About 150 guests joined the newlyweds after a small family ceremony that included former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush. President Bush and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush did not attend.