Boy named Knox,
Sunday, July 13th, 2008
Early reports of two girls not right, but birthing of world’s most famous twins confirmed —
NICE, France (Hollywood Today)
He used French newspaper Nice-Matin and French news service AFP to report that Jolie had delivered a boy named Knox Leon and a girl named Vivienne Marcheline.
The babies we due in August, but twins are often born early and Jolie had a cesarean this time and on her last and only natural birth, to Shiloh.
That means half the six-kid Jolie-Pitt brood will always want to leave a room by a window, though that may change.
Reports said each twin weighed about 5 pounds, not out of line for twins.
That news came after a wild day in the media.
The doctor, who delivered the twins at Lenval Hospital in Nice, France, said the parents and new infants “are doing marvelously well.”
Jolie and Pitt’s growing brood now stands at six.
Sunday, July 13th, 2008
It’s ‘Hellboy 2’ with $36 million edges out week two ‘Hancock’ at $33 millionBy Robin Rowe
If the premise of ‘Hellboy 2’ sounds a little familiar, consider last weekend’s top bow, ‘Hancock’.
‘Hancock’ was panned by most critics.
Weekend Theater Counts (>1,000)
‘Hancock’ (Sony) 3,965 (0)
‘Wall-E’ (Buena Vista) 3,849 (-143)
‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army’ (Universal) 3,204 (new)
‘Meet Dave’ (Fox) 3,011 (new)
‘Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D’ (New Line) 2,811 (new)
‘Kit Kittredge’ (Picturehouse) 1,849 (+6)
‘Wanted’ (Universal) 3,159 (-26)
‘Get Smart’ (Warner Bros.) 3,086 (-488)
‘Kung Fu Panda’ (DreamWorks Animation) 2,704 (-643)
‘The Incredible Hulk’ (Universal) 1,949 (-1094)
‘Indiana Jones’(Paramount) 1,664 (-528)
‘Sex and the City’ (New Line) 1,025 (-250)
Does America have the appetite for two loser superheroes?
Weekend Box Office Studio Estimates
‘Hellboy II’ (Universal) $35,885,000
‘Hancock’ (Sony) $33,000,000
‘Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D’ (New Line) $20,580,000
‘Wall-E’ (Buena Vista) $18,509,000
‘Wanted’ (Universal) $11,586,000
‘Get Smart’ (Warner Bros.) $7,105,000
‘Meet Dave’ (Fox) $5,300,000
‘Kung Fu Panda’ (DreamWorks Animation) $4,300,000
‘Kit Kittredge’ (Picturehouse) $2,357,000
‘Indiana Jones’ (Paramount) $2,250,000
Family fun ‘Journey 3D’ did a respectable $21 million.
Next weekend’s big openers are ‘The Dark Knight’ (Warner Bros.), ‘Mamma Mia!’ (Universal) and Space Chimps (Fox).
Who knows if they'll get this in Dubuque, but they sure aren't going to like it in Chicago:
The illustration, by Barry Blitt,is called "The Politics of Fear" and, according to the NYer press release, "satirizes the use of scare tactics and misinformation in the Presidential election to derail Barack Obama's campaign."
Presumably the New Yorker readership is sophisticated enough to get the joke, but still:
Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton called it "tasteless and offensive" and, according to Jake Tapper at ABC, another high-profile Obama supporter called it "as offensive a caricature as any magazine could publish."
The companion article by Ryan Lizza, who has written extensively about the campaign, traces Obama's early career and rise through Chicago politics.
"[P]erhaps the greatest misconception about Barack Obama is that he is some sort of anti-establishment revolutionary.
Is it the New Yorker's job to write uniformly flattering profiles of Obama?