Emmy-nominated TV and music producer Ken Greengrass has died at the age of 87. Greengrass passed away on 10 April (14) in New York after a brief illness, according to Variety.com.
He began his career as a trumpet player before moving into TV, producing several specials including A Piece of Cake, C'mon Saturday and How the Beatles Changed the World.
Greengrass was also a longtime member of the New York Friars Club, a celebrity comedy organisation, and was responsible for bringing the group's annual celebrity roasts to TV in 1998. He also served as the executive producer of the Easter Seals and Cerebral Palsy Foundation telethons.
In addition to his TV career, Greengrass served as a manger to many celebrities, including Diahann Carroll, Florence Henderson country music supergroup The Highwaymen and Art Garfunkel.
Country music legend Kris Kristofferson is refusing to let his deteriorating memory loss wreck his plans to reunite with Willie Nelson in the studio, insisting his woes aren't as bad as they may seem. The 77 year old recently revealed he is struggling to remember things and at a recent show in Long Beach, California, the Sunday Morning Coming Down singer reportedly had to use a teleprompter to recall some lyrics.
He called on his wife Lisa to help him with the opening line to a song, but Kristofferson tells Closer magazine, "It's not as unpleasant as it sounds. I am doing great."
However, his wife tells Closer the star's forgetfulness is "worsening a lot now".
That said, he's still planning a studio get together with his Highwaymen partner Nelson after teaming up with him for a performance at the Grammy Awards last month (Jan14).
And he's still in great spirits, telling the magazine, "The great thing about losing your memory is that I can go all the way back to the beginning (of movies I've seen) and I'm never bored!"
50 First Dates was the heart and soul of this Valentine's/President's Day weekend at the box office.
As the only film opening wide this weekend, the romantic comedy, reuniting The Wedding Singer lovebirds Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, debuted at No. 1 with a whopping $41 million, knocking last week's champ Barbershop 2: Back in Business down to second place with $15.6 million.
"This release date for this movie, it was a sweetheart move, no pun intended," Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations, told The Associated Press. "Talk about great timing. For a lot of couples, this was their Valentine entertainment."
50 First Dates hefty take-in ranks it as the best President's Day weekend opener ever, beating record-holder Daredevil, which opened this weekend last year with $40.3 million. Dates is also the second best February opening behind Hannibal, which opened in 2001 with $58 million.
This week, the Top 12 films grossed an estimated $107.8 million, up 18.44 percent from last week's $91 million, but down 12.91 percent from last year's $123.7 million.
Last year, 20th Century Fox's PG-13 rated comic book actioner Daredevil opened at No.1 with $40.3 million in 3,471 theaters with a $11,613 per theater average; Paramount Pictures' PG-13 rated comedy How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days slipped to the second spot in its second week with $20.7 million in 2,923 theaters with a $6,402 per theater average; and Miramax's PG-13 rated musical Chicago stayed at third in its eighth week of release with $14.5 million in 2,268 theaters (+427 theaters) with a $5,604 per theater average.
BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES (Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)
No. 1: 50 First Dates (20th Century Fox, PG-13)
Gross: $41 million
Weeks opened: NEW!
Per-theater average: $11,417
No. 2: Barbershop 2: Back in Business (MGM, PG-13)
Gross: $15.6 million (-36%)
Weeks opened: 2
Theaters: 2,711 (unchanged)
Per-theater average: $5,754
Cume to date: $44 million
No. 3: Miracle (Buena Vista, PG)
Gross: $14 million (-28%)
Weeks opened: 2
Per-theater average: $5,089
Cume to date: $37 million
No. 4: The Butterfly Effect (New Line, R)
Gross: $5.7 million (-12%)
Weeks opened: 4
Theaters: 2,288 (-231 theaters)
Per-theater average: $2,491
Cume to date: $50 million
No. 5: You Got Served (Screen Gems, PG-13)
Gross: $5.1 million (-32%)
Weeks opened: 3
Theaters: 1,832 (-111 theaters)
Per-theater average: $2,784
Cume to date: $32 million
No. 6: Along Came Polly (Universal Pictures, PG-13)
Gross: $5 million (-26%)
Weeks opened: 5
Theaters: 2,545 (-413 theaters)
Per-theater average: $1,995
Cume to date: $81.6 million
No. 7: Catch That Kid (20th Century Fox, PG)
Gross: $4.3 million (-25%)
Weeks opened: 2
Theaters: 2,848 (+1 theater)
Per-theater average: $1,527
Cume to date: $10.8 million
No. 8: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (New Line, PG-13)
Gross: $4.1 million (-3%)
Weeks opened: 9
Theaters: 1,663 (-215 theaters)
Per-theater average: $2,495
Cume to date: $357.2 million
No. 9: Cold Mountain (Miramax, R)
Gross: $3.7 million (+15%)
Weeks opened: 8
Theaters: 1,740 (-177 theaters)
Per-theater average: $2,141
Cume to date: $87.5 million
No. 10: Mystic River (Warner Bros., R)
Gross: $3.5 million (-3%)
Weeks opened: 19
Theaters: 1,370 (unchanged)
Per-theater average: $2,588
Cume to date: $74.5 million
Highwaymen (New Line, R)
Gross: $203,000 million
Weeks opened: NEW!
Per-theater average: $1,829