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Published: Mon, April 8, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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‘Evil Dead’ rises again with $26M at box office

LOS ANGELES

Resurrected demons and resurrected dinosaurs are helping to put some life back into the weekend box office.

The demonic horror remake “Evil Dead” debuted at No. 1 with $26 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

In a tight fight for second place were the animated comedy “The Croods” and the action flick “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” both with an estimated $21.1 million. Final numbers today will sort out which movie comes out ahead.

Steven Spielberg’s 3-D debut of his dinosaur block- buster “Jurassic Park” was fourth with $18.2 million. That’s on top of the $357.1 million domestic haul for “Jurassic Park” in its initial run in 1993.

In fifth place was “Olympus Has Fallen,” with $10.04 million.

Mom: ‘BUCKWILD’ star is in heaven

CHARLESTON, W.VA.

For all his on-camera carousing and cussing, “BUCKWILD” reality TV star Shain Gandee was a publicly proclaimed and baptized Christian, and his mother told hundreds of mourners Sunday that she will see him again.

“I know where Shain is,” Loretta Gandee told the crowd crammed into the Charleston Municipal Auditorium. “He said about a month ago, ‘I know when I die, I’m going to heaven.’”

Gandee, his 48-year-old uncle, David Gandee, and 27-year-old friend Donald Robert Myers were found dead last Monday in a sport utility vehicle that was partially submerged in a mud pit near Sissonville, W.Va. They had last been seen leaving a bar at 3 a.m.

Autopsies determined all three died of carbon monoxide poisoning, possibly caused by the tailpipe being submerged in mud.

Shain Gandee, called “Gandee Candy” by fans, was a breakout star of the show that followed the antics of young friends enjoying their wild country lifestyle.

Fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer dies at 81

MIAMI

Fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer, known in part for starting her own line of tropical-print dresses by accident, has died. She was 81.

Gale Schiffman of Quattlebaum Funeral and Cremation Services in West Palm Beach said Pulitzer died Sunday. She did not know the cause of death.

Pulitzer got her start in fashion by spilling orange juice on her clothes. The Palm Beach socialite had a husband who owned orange groves, and after she opened a juice stand in 1959, she asked her seamstress to make dresses in colorful prints that would camouflage juice stains.

Pulitzer’s tropical-print dresses became a sensation in the 1960s when then-first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who attended boarding school with Pulitzer, wore one of the sleeveless shifts in a Life magazine photo spread.

Madonna leaves Malawi after visits

BLANTYRE, Malawi

Madonna has left Malawi after visiting the projects she has helped support through her Raising Malawi charity.

The pop diva and her four children arrived in the southern African country last Monday and left Saturday. Madonna visited the 10 school blocks that her charity has helped build or renovate in collaboration with BuildOn.

The singer also visited a hospital’s pediatric ward and several orphanages, including the Home of Hope, where she adopted David Banda in 2006. She also adopted Mercy James from Malawi in 2009.

Madonna had planned to build a $15 million 500-bed Raising Malawi Academy for girls, before changing plans to help fund community schools.

Associated Press


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