Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" crossed the finish line first at the weekend box office in North America, setting a new record for the busy 78-year-old actor and director.
The suburban drama, in which Eastwood plays a grumpy old man who takes on gang members "Dirty Harry"-style, earned an estimated 29 million dollars (USD) over the weekend. So far, "Gran Torino" has grossed 40 million since opening in limited release last month.
Speaking of Eastwood, the star and his film were among those recognized by the American Film Institute awards. Other artist being honoured included Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei from the "The Wrestler."
Checking back in at the box office, it was "Bride Wars," starring Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson at the No. 2 spot. The comedy, about duelling brides, opened with returns of more 21 million. After two weekends at No. 1, "Marley & Me" fell to No. 4. The canine saga stars Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson.
The online celebrity website TMZ.com says singer Amy Winehouse's husband, Blake Fielder-Civil wants a divorce. TMZ reports that Blake believes that Winehouse has forgotten that she's married and has accused the singer of cheating.
Patrick Swayze, the "Dirty Dancing" star who is battling pancreatic cancer, has been hospitalized with pneumonia. A spokeswoman for Swayze confirmed that the actor had been hospitalized in Los Angeles, but declined to provide further details on his condition.
In Los Angeles, I'm John Russell for Reuters.