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In Brief

Romantic musical tops U.S. box office
In one of the more unusual duels at the North American box office, a perky Disney romantic musical trumped the fifth installment in the grisly "Saw" horror series, according to studio estimates issued on Sunday. "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," the first big-screen adaptation of Walt Disney Co's popular TV movie franchise, sold US$42 million worth of tickets during its first three days. The opening sets a new record for a musical, surpassing the US$27.8 million bow of the ABBA-themed romance "Mamma Mia!" in July. "Saw V" followed with US$30.5 million, in line with the previous three installments. Moviegoers can expect additional sequels of both films.
Girls Aloud triumph
Girls Aloud notched up their fourth number one hit with their latest single "The Promise" going straight into the charts in top spot, the Official U.K. Charts Company said on Sunday. It is the latest success for the group, which was formed on a TV talent show in 2002 and already boasts the most consecutive top 10 singles by a girl band. They knocked last week's number one "So What" by U.S. singer Pink down to second place. Dance act Guru Josh Project entered the charts in third place with "Infinity 2008" while U.S. cult rockers Kings of Leon stayed in fourth spot with "Sex On Fire." Razorlight's "Wire To Wire" was the biggest climber, moving up 25 places to fifth.
Senior's love
An 81-year-old Chinese man has proved age need not be a barrier to Internet love, marrying a 58-year-old bride he met online, a local newspaper reported. Wu Jieqin, a retired Beijing art professor who has spent time in an aged-care home, married Jiang Xiaohui, 23 years younger. To reach the altar, Wu had to overcome the opposition of Jiang's parents, aged 85 and 86, who feared he was too old.
Desperate groom
A Japanese man set fire to the hotel where he was due to get married at the weekend, rather than go through with the ceremony later the same day. Tatsuhiko Kawata, 39, had gone along with wedding plans despite already having a wife. Kawata and his fiancee had been set to get married before 80 guests. He was arrested after suddenly cancelling the event and behaving suspiciously, the Yomiuri said.


Updated : 2021-06-24 19:40 GMT+08:00