Tuesday, June 9, 2009
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Elton John's 'Billy Elliot' wins 10 Tony Awards
NEW YORK - There was an outpouring of generosity from winners to losers at Broadway's Tonys, dominated by 'Billy Elliot,' which won 10 awards.
'I'd like to congratulate the writers of 'Next to Normal,' said a gracious Elton John, standing in the middle of cast members and producers after his show, 'Billy Elliot,' won the best musical prize. 'Thank you for accepting us on Broadway. ... We came here at a hard time economically. You opened your hearts and you opened your wallets.'
FBI allowed to help investigate Carradine death
BANGKOK - Thai police said Monday that they would welcome the FBI's assistance in investigating the death of American actor David Carradine, but only as observers in the high-profile case.
Carradine's naked body was discovered last Thursday morning in his luxury suite at Bangkok's Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel. Police initially suspected his death was a suicide, but have since said it may have been accidental suffocation or heart failure after revealing he was found with a rope tied around his wrist, neck and genitals.
The circumstances suggested he might has died as a result of a dangerous sex game, Pornthip Rojanasunand, a prominent Thai forensic pathologist, said last week.
Late numbers give 'Hangover' box office win
LOS ANGELES - The Warner Bros. comedy 'The Hangover' drew larger audiences than earlier projected to raise its weekend ticket sales to $45 million, about $1.8 million more than the studio estimated Sunday.
That made it the No. 1 draw for the weekend instead of Disney and Pixar Animation's 'Up,' which came in second with $44.3 million. Sunday studio estimates had 'Up' edging 'The Hangover' by about $1 million.
It's rare that the first- and second-place movies on Sunday flip-flop when final numbers come out Monday. But strong attendance Sunday allowed 'The Hangover' to pull ahead.