Deen gets standing ovation
Celebrity cook Paula Deen fought back tears as she was greeted by a supportive crowd during an appearance at a Houston cooking show.
Saturday’s event was Deen’s first public appearance since June when it was revealed that in an earlier legal deposition she acknowledged using racial slurs in the past. Within a few days the Food Network yanked her show off the air, Smithfield Foods dropped her as a celebrity endorser, and retailers such as Walmart removed her products from shelves.
The Houston Chronicle reports about 1,500 people gave Deen a standing ovation Saturday.
Rashad marks ’63 bombing
Phylicia Rashad is best known for starring roles on stage and television, but as a director she commemorated a historic moment that helped spur the civil rights movement.
The Tony Award-winning actress directed a reading of the play “Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963” at the Kennedy Center Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of the bombing at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.
Rashad, known as the matriarch on “The Cosby Show,” said she wants the reading to emphasize the “sanctity of joy, human existence and the value of all life.”
Legend marries model
John Legend is officially off the market.
The R&B crooner’s representative says Legend married model Chrissy Teigen on Saturday in Italy. Legend, 34, and Teigen, 27, were engaged in 2011.
Legend has won nine Grammy Awards. He released his fourth solo album, “Love In the Future,” last week.
Teigen has modeled for Sports Illustrated and is the host of the Vh1 reality competition show, “Model Employee.”
‘Insidious’ is tops at box office
Moviegoers had an appetite for fright this weekend, sending “Insidious: Chapter 2” to the top of the box office.
The haunted-house horror sequel debuted in first place with $41 million, more than tripling the opening take of the 2010 original.
Another newcomer, Relativity Media’s Robert De Niro-Michelle Pfeiffer crime caper “The Family,” opened in second place with $14.5 million. That bumped last week’s champ, “Riddick,” to third.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com.
1. “Insidious: Chapter 2,” $41 million ($5 million international).
2. “The Family,” $14.5 million.
3. “Riddick,” $7 million ($9.6 million).
4. “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” $5.58 million ($2.5 million).
5. “We’re the Millers,” $5.4 million ($9 million).
6. “Instructions Not Included,” $4.25 million.
7. “Planes,” $3.06 million ($10.7 million).
8. “One Direction: This Is Us,” $2.4 million.
9. “Elysium,” $2.05 million ($8.5 million).
10. “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” $1.82 million ($7.8 million).