Rihanna’s animal adventure
Pop star Rihanna has left behind a trail of racy tweets and an incriminating Instagram photograph from a Thailand trip that led police to arrest two men for peddling protected primates.
On a break from her Diamonds World Tour, she stopped in Thailand, where she cuddled local wildlife.
She posted a link on Twitter to an Instagram photo showing her snuggling up to a slow loris, and tweeted Friday: “Look who was talkin dirty to me!”
The slow loris, a primate native to Southeast Asia, is a protected species.
A Thai official said Sunday the picture led police to arrest two people Saturday. They could face four years in prison for possession of protected animals.
‘Prisoners’ captures box office
The more adult-oriented fall moviegoing season got off to a strong start over the weekend, as the Hugh Jackman kidnapping drama “Prisoners” opened with a box office-leading $21.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Following the robust business for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” (now up to $106.5 million in six weeks for the Weinstein Co.), the large audiences turning out for adult fare bodes well for Hollywood’s coming awards season.
In limited release, two other adult-oriented films opened well. Ron Howard’s Formula One tale “Rush” opened in five theaters with a $40,000 per-screen average. And the romantic comedy “Enough Said,” which co-stars James Gandolfini in one of his final performances, opened in four theaters with a per-screen average of $60,000. Both films expand next week.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com.
1. “Prisoners,” $21.4 million ($500,000 international).
2. “Insidious: Chapter 2,” $14.5 million ($3.5 million).
3. “The Family,” $7 million ($1.5 million).
4. “Instructions Not Included,” $5.7 million ($9.6 million).
5. “Battle of the Year,” $5 million.
6. “We’re the Millers,” $4.7 million ($9.6 million).
7. “Lee Daniels’ the Butler,” $4.3 million ($2.2 million).
8. “Riddick,” $3.7 million ($9.4 million).
9. “Wizard of Oz,” $3 million.
10. “Planes,” $2.9 million ($7 million).
Stars come out for music fest
There’s a reason why Bruno Mars is set to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show.
The pop crooner was in perfect form at the iHeartRadio music festival Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. He wowed the crowd with his slick moves and energetic vibe.
Justin Timberlake was also a fan favorite. The pop star closed the five-hour plus concert, singing hits like “Mirror” and “SexyBack.” Paul McCartney kicked off the show, playing a bunch of new songs from his upcoming album. Ke$ha gave an impressive performance of her hits, then brought out Joan Jett and the two sang “Bad Reputation.”
Miley Cyrus was another crowd favorite, appearing on stage in a fishnet dress. Before she hit the stage, the crowd of a few hundred chanted: “Miley! Miley! Miley!”