Universal (NEW YORK) — Identity Thief stole a victory at the box office over the weekend. The Jason Bateman-Melissa McCarthy comedy opened in first place with an estimated $36.6 million. The previous box office champ, Warm Bodies , slipped to the second spot, with $11.5 million.
Warner Bros. Pictures (LONDON) — Ben Affleck’s Argo received the top award Sunday in London at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards, or the BAFTAs. The thriller earned the prize for best film, plus best director for Affleck.
Facebook.com/TheGrammys Here are the winners of the 55th Grammy Awards, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night: Album of the Year Mumford & Sons, Babel Record of the Year Gotye featuring Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used to Know” Song Of The Year [awarded to songwriter] “We Are Young,” Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (fun. featuring Janelle Monae) Best New Artist fun. Best Pop Vocal Album Kelly Clarkson, Stronger Best Pop Solo Performance “Set Fire To The Rain (Live),” Adele Best Pop Duo/Group Performance “Somebody That I Used To Know,” Gotye featuring Kimbra Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Kisses On The Bottom , Paul McCartney Best Rock Performance “Lonely Boy,” The Black Keys Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance “Love Bites (So Do I),” Halestorm Best Rock Song “Lonely Boy,” The Black Keys Best Rock Album El Camino , The Black Keys Best Alternative Music Album Making Mirrors , Gotye Best R&B Performance “Climax,” Usher Best Traditional R&B Performance “Love On Top,” Beyonc
Chris Polk/FilmMagic (BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) – Chris Brown crashed his Porsche into a wall while evading paparazzi on the eve of the Grammy awards, police in Beverly Hills said. A representative for Brown, who is nominated at tonight’s awards show for best urban contemporary album, said the R&B singer was on his way to a charity event when he was cut off by two vehicles.“The occupants then jumped out with cameras and aggressively approached his vehicle,” the singer’s representative told ABC News. Brown reportedly turned down an alley to evade the photographers, but was trapped by two other vehicles and ended up slamming into a wall.
(NEW YORK) — Another day, another crazy UFO sighting posted to YouTube. Only this time, the poster admits that it’s a fake. Visual effects specialist Aristomenis Tsirbas shared what the magic of CGI can do with the 39-second clip “UFO Over Santa Clarita,” which he posted to YouTube last year. In the video, a driver who appears to be cruising along a California desert road suddenly spots a bizarre object soaring across the sky, and is heard muttering, “Whoa.” The driver then pulls the car over, and gets out to get a better shot of the object
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Police Department announced Saturday it will reopen the case of the firing of Christopher Dorner, but said the decision was not made to “appease” the fugitive former cop suspected of killing three people. Dorner, a fired and disgruntled former Los Angeles police officer, said in the so-called “manifesto” he released that he was targeting LAPD officials and their families and will keep killing until the truth is known about his case. “I have no doubt that the law enforcement community will bring to an end the reign of terror perpetrated on our region by Christopher Jordan Dorner and he will be held accountable for his evil actions,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said in a statement released Saturday night. He spoke of the “tremendous strides” the LAPD has made in regaining public trust after numerous scandals, but added: “I am aware of the ghosts of the LAPD’s past and one of my biggest concerns is that they will be resurrected by Dorner’s allegations of racism within the Department.” To do that, he said, a full re-investigation of the case that led to Dorner’s firing is necessary. “I feel we need to also publicly address Dorner’s allegations regarding his termination of employment, and to do so I have directed our Professionals Standards Bureau and my Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing to completely review the Dorner complaint of 2007, to include a re-examination of all evidence and a re-interview of witnesses,” he said.
Tony Barson/FilmMagic (NEW YORK) — Model Kate Upton is back on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue for the second year in a row. Upton goes “polar bare” — wearing only a hooded white parka and bikini bottom. Last year, she was featured on the cover wearing a red bikini. The last model to grace the cover of the swimsuit issue two consecutive years was Tyra Banks in 1996 and 1997, according to Sports Illustrated .
Matthew Simmons/WireImage (PHOENIX) — Sheriff Joe Arpaio is teaming up with an action star to tackle school violence. Steven Seagal, 60, star of Above the Law and Under Siege , plans to lead members of the Arizona sheriff’s volunteer posse through a simulated school shooting on Saturday. The volunteer posse, which is nearly 3,500-strong, has been used to patrol shopping malls during the holiday season and scope out undocumented immigrants, and now Arpaio plans to have them patrol areas surrounding schools in Arizona’s most populous county, Maricopa, which includes Phoenix.
Clarkson Potter (NEW YORK) — Nigella Lawson broke outside the conventional life plan very early. At age 14, the daughter of Nigel Lawson, England’s former chancellor of the exchequer, which is equivalent of America’s treasury secretary, decided to earn her own living. She worked a variety of jobs – at department stores, as a waitress, as a chambermaid, as a filing clerk, and in a shoe store. As a student at Oxford University, she stretched her money to feed everyone else. “I’ve always felt you have had to play to your strengths, even if your strengths are, in themselves, weaknesses,” said Lawson, who is about to release her ninth cookbook, Nigellissima , and appears on the ABC show The Taste
Michael Kovac/WireImage (LOS ANGELES) — With best-selling books, a reality show and four kids, it seems that Tori Spelling can perhaps do it all. But sometimes she can get into trouble. The 39-year-old mom posted a photo to Instagram Wednesday of herself stranded on the side of the road with her four kids. “4 kids