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Iowa town celebrates John Wayne's birthday
WASHINGTON, D.C.
The people of Winterset, Iowa, held festivities Saturday for the U.S. town's most famous son, the "True Grit" cowboy actor John Wayne, who was born there 100 years ago, organizers and local media reported.
A Western movie-style parade was planned for Saturday, the second day of a long weekend involving showings of the Hollywood star's films on giant screens.
Organizers on the Web site johnwaynebirthplace.org promised an "old-fashioned hometown parade" and a "John Wayne birthday Wild West revue ... with a thrilling stagecoach robbery" and horseback stunt displays.
The town - population around 4,800 - will also hold a ceremony to lay the first stone of a John Wayne museum, near the house where he was born before he moved at age four with his parents to California.
Born Marion Robert Morrison on May 26, 1907, the ultra-manly star changed his name to John Wayne in 1930 at the suggestion of film maker Raoul Walsh. He also earned the nickname "the Duke" during a career marked by his portrayals of rugged heroes.
Fonda honored
Cannes, France
The Cannes Film Festival brought Jane Fonda to town for a gala dinner paying tribute to her late father, Henry Fonda, then gave the actress a surprise award of her own.
The Cannes Film Festival screened Henry Fonda's "Twelve Angry Men" on Saturday, then brought guests to dinner at a nearby luxury hotel, where Jane Fonda was honored with a career Palme d'Or, or Golden Palm.
Festival President Gilles Jacob recounted Jane Fonda's career highs and lows, and her controversial trip to North Vietnam in 1972, joking that he never thought the festival would honor someone who had been "spied on and hounded by the FBI."
'Pirates' strikes gold
LOS ANGELES, California
Johnny Depp and his pirate friends pulled in a lot of plunder, but fell far short of a record opening day.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" raked in US$43 million domestically Friday, well behind the US$59.3 million opening day for "Spider-Man 3" just three weeks earlier, according to studio estimates Saturday.
The numbers for "At World's End" were skewed somewhat because the Walt Disney Co. had preview screenings at about 3,000 theaters Thursday night in advance of the movie's official Friday release.
The movie pulled in US$14 million at those screenings, putting its domestic total at US$57 million in just over a day. Without the Thursday screenings, much of that business would have been done on Friday instead, putting "At World's End" in range of the top single-day grosses.
"Making US$57 million in a day and a half is not bad for a bunch of pirates," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers.
Mother moose dead
ANCHORAGE, Alaska
A female moose was shot and killed in an Anchorage neighborhood after it tried to trample an 8-year-old boy who got near the animal's newborn twins, according to a media report.
A police officer shot the moose, which authorities said was likely protecting its calves when it kicked the boy on Friday, causing minor injuries.
The child, the moose and the calves were cornered between homes in the South Anchorage neighborhood with no easy way out, state biologist Rick Sinnott told the Anchorage Daily News.
"It was a like a closet back there," Sinnott said. "There was no way the police officer could do anything but shoot the moose."
The boy and other children in the neighborhood apparently did nothing to provoke the moose, police said.
The moose likely gave birth to the calves within the past week, according to Sinnott.
The male and female calves will likely be sent to conservation or research facilities, Sinnott said.


Updated : 2021-10-26 15:33 GMT+08:00