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Posted on: Monday, March 8, 2010

'Alice' a wonder in box-office land

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NEW YORK Tim Burton's and Johnny Depp's trip down the rabbit hole drew huge crowds, as "Alice in Wonderland" earned a whopping $116.3 million in its opening weekend a record for a 3-D film.

The surprisingly huge total easily surpassed all other films in release and gave Walt Disney Studios an even bigger opening than that of the hugely popular 3-D film "Avatar." It also marked the biggest opening weekend for a nonsequel.

It was a record release for the first quarter of the year, typically a time of lower box-office expectations and critically acclaimed Oscar contenders.

The weekend's second-best box office performer was "Brooklyn's Finest," Antoine Fuqua's gritty police thriller, which earned $13.5 million in its first weekend.


JERUSALEM The Israeli Arab co-director of the Oscar-nominated film "Ajami" set off a last-minute uproar yesterday, saying he wouldn't be representing Israel while at the Academy Awards ceremony.

"Ajami" depicts the brutal life of drugs, violence and poverty in a mixed Jewish-Arab neighborhood in the Mediterranean city of Jaffa. It was nominated for best foreign-language film, but lost to Argentinian crime drama "The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)."

Scandar Copti directed the film along with a Jewish Israeli partner, Yaron Shani. Copti has been critical of Israel's policies toward its Arab minority.


CHARLESTON, S.C. Brad Paisley is recovering after he tripped on stage and took a tumble during a South Carolina concert.

A news release from his spokeswoman said the country star was singing his encore finale "Alcohol" when he fell Saturday night, but got back up and finished his show. He was checked out at a hospital and released early yesterday.

Paisley suffered only some bad bruises, but wrote on his Twitter page that he "hit hard. And I mean freaking hard." The 37-year-old quipped that doctors told him he "was a very brave boy."


KINGSTON, Jamaica Jamaica plans to open a music museum next year featuring rare pieces from the island's music history, including an album late reggae star Bob Marley produced before he gained global fame.

There's also a cassette tape in which another reggae great, Peter Tosh, jams a blues song with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, the museum curator said yesterday.

Preservation of Jamaica's vibrant music history took a major hit two years ago when a massive collection of 1970s music, including original recordings by Marley and Tosh, was found to have disappeared from the archives of the former Jamaica Broadcasting Corp.