Morning Buzz: ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop’ #1
Kevin James’ first starring role in Paul Blart: Mall Cop has resulted in a #1 film. Box Office Mojo reports that the comedy, in which James plays an overweight and diabetic mall security guard, earned $33.8 million at the box office over the weekend. Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino took the #2 spot, and has grossed over $73 million since its release on Jan 9.
80s icon Boy George is already having a tough time in prison, according to The Sun. The singer, serving a 15 month sentence for imprisoning and beating a male prostitute, is reportedly “terrified” that he will be attacked. George was given a job as a server in the canteen, and sources say that the reportedly easy job he was given won’t be viewed well by other inmates. “He kept sobbing, ‘I can’t go to jail, I’ll be killed’,” while in a courtroom holding cell prior to his transfer, according to a source.
Dollhouse actress Eliza Dushku revealed at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend that her production company has secured the rights to controversial photographer Robert Mappelthorpe’s life story for a biopic. “Literally this week after quite some time, we finalized the deal with the Mapplethorpe estate,” Dushku told E! in Park City, Utah. Dushku’s brother Nate, who is said to bear a strong resemblance to the artist, will portray Mappelthorpe.
There was a reported battle over Keyshia Cole singing a Mary J. Blige song during a segment honoring her at the BET Awards on Saturday night, according to the New York Daily News. Mary J.’s manager and husband Kendu Isaac allegedly strongly objected to the choice of Cole. He thought there was already too much comparison between Keyshia and Mary,” a source said. “They were going back and forth on it all week. It got ugly.” Cole ultimately did not sing a Blige song.
The Inauguration parties were on this weekend, according to TMZ. Not only was the huge We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial held this weekend but other smaller parties were as well. TMZ reports that D.C.’s L2 Lounge cleared their club of regular patrons at 3 AM to allow Will.I.Am of the Black-Eyed Peas to party undisturbed with entourage and friends