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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
September 30

Entertainment News September 30 - TOP 3 Stories for Sunday

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OPRAH TOPS FORBES LIST RICHEST CELEBS

Oprah Winfrey keeps topping Forbes' rankings of the rich and famous.

This is Forbes' third go-round this year at putting Winfrey at the top of some list or other. The talk-show titan took the top spot on Forbes.com's list of "The 20 Richest Women in Entertainment" in January; six months later, she topped the magazine's annual "Celebrity 100 Power List" for the second time.

Winfrey, 53, now leads Forbes.com's list of the 20 richest celebs on television. It's one of many new celebrity lists being issued by the Web site, which appears to have figured out that ranking boldfaced names is a good way to get some attention.

Winfrey, whose media empire includes a magazine and stakes in syndicated daytime talk shows by Dr. Phil McGraw and Rachael Ray, earned an estimated $260 million between June 2006 and June 2007.

Jerry Seinfeld is No. 2 with $60 million. The comedian, who has a vast Porsche collection, continues to get rich from reruns of his sitcom "Seinfeld," which he partly owns.

Simon Cowell of Fox's "American Idol" places third with $45 million. David Letterman, ranks fourth with $40 million, followed by Donald Trump and Jay Leno (both $32 million), McGraw and Judy "Judge Judy" Sheindlin (both $30 million) and George Lopez ($26 million).

Kiefer Sutherland, who portrays agent Jack Bauer on "24," landed at No. 10 by collecting $22 million from the popular Fox drama.

He's followed by Regis Philbin ($21 million); Tyra Banks ($18 million); celebrity chef Ray ($16 million); Katie Couric and Ellen DeGeneres ($15 million); Ryan Seacrest ($14 million); Matt Lauer ($13 million); Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer (both $12 million); and Meredith Vieira ($10 million).

'GAME PLAN' SHOCKS ALL - WINS BOX OFFICE

Disney’s football-family comedy “The Game Plan” squeezed past U’s FBI-Middle Eastern actioner “The Kingdom” for the top spot at the Friday box office.

The Dwayne Johnson laffer scored $6.2 million at 3,103 theaters versus “The Kingdom’s” $6 million on 2,792, making it a tight race for this weekend’s B.O. crown.

Sony-Screen Gems’ zombie vidgame adaptation “Resident Evil: Extinction” held the third spot yesterday with $2.4 million at 2,828 theaters; a 75% drop from its opening Friday. Through its first eight days, the sequel’s current cume stands at $31.2 million.

In fourth place, Lionsgate’s Dane Cook-Jessica Alba romantic comedy “Good Luck Chuck” swooned $2 million at 2,612 engagements, down 60% on its second Friday, for a domestic cume of $19.3 million.

The Russell Crowe-Christian Bale western remake “3:10 to Yuma” continued to rope in moviegoers during its fourth Friday, collecting $1.2 million from 3,006 locales, off 32% from a week ago. To date, Lionsgate has generated $40.9 million in domestic coin from “Yuma.”

This Friday’s other new wide entry, MGM-Lakeshore’s “Feast of Love,” wooed few with $558,000 at 1,200 locations.

Arthouse auds continued to hike to Sean Penn’s teen bio “Into the Wild” in its second frame, grossing $185,000 at 33 locations, an uptick of 214% from last Friday.

Roadside Attractions’ new thriller “Trade” about the international sex slave network grossed $34,000 off 90 runs, while the Focus Features Ang Lee Chinese drama "Lust, Caution" bowed at one theater in New York to $19,000.

Holding at five hardtops, Warner Bros. Brad Pitt-Casey Affleck oater “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” dropped 37% from its opening Friday to $28,000 yesterday.

According to Rentrak, the last Friday of September 2006 had a slightly wider spread between its weekend’s top two entries with Sony’s animated pic “Open Season” grabbing $6.2 million and Disney’s action pic “The Guardian” grossing $5.8 million. Both “Season” and “Guardian” went on to respectively open at $23.6 million and $18 million.

COPPOLA LOSES 15 YEARS OF WORK TO THEFT

Francis Ford Coppola said in an interview broadcast Friday that he lost 15 years of computer data, including writings and family photographs, when robbers raided his Argentine studio.

Speaking with Argentine broadcaster Todo Noticias, Coppola appealed to the bandits to return the small computer backup device, which was taken along with computers in the raid Wednesday night.

"They stole our computers; they got all our data, many years of work," said Coppola, who apparently was not in the studio at the time of the robbery.

The director of "The Godfather" said the backup that rested on the floor in his offices at the Zoetrope Argentina studio was just "a little thing ... but the information is (worth) much time."

"If I could get the backup back, it would save me years -- all the photographs of my family, all my writing."

Coppola said the robbery would not prompt him to leave Argentina, where he plans to shoot a feature film: "Argentine people are very nice."

Nonetheless, he said he was thinking of relocating his studio from the chic Palermo neighborhood to a Buenos Aires district where he felt safer.

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