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Published: Mon, January 7, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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‘Chainsaw 3-D’ carves No. 1 debut with $23M

LOS ANGELES

It took Leatherface and his chainsaw to chase tiny hobbit Bilbo Baggins out of the top spot at the box office.

Lionsgate’s horror sequel “Texas Chainsaw 3-D” debuted at No. 1 with $23 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The movie picks up where 1974’s “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” left off, with masked killer Leatherface on the loose again.

Quentin Tarantino’s revenge saga “Django Unchained” held on at No. 2 for a second- straight weekend with $20.1 million.

After three weekends at No. 1, part one of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy slipped to third with $17.5 million.

Also passing the $100 million mark over the weekend was Universal’s musical “Les Miserables,” which finished at No. 4 with $16.1 million.

In fifth place was “Parental Guidance” with $10.1 million.

Rare Beatles photos to go up for sale

LONDON

Unpublished early color photographs of The Beatles’ first U.S. tour will be sold at a U.K. auction.

The photos were taken during the rock band’s 1964 visit to the U.S., when color film was expensive and most images of the group were in black and white.

The collection of 65 slides contains many stage shots, including George Harrison with his legendary red Rickenbacker guitar and close-up portraits from a Las Vegas Sahara Hotel press conference and Las Vegas Convention Centre gig.

The images were taken by Dr. Robert Beck, who died in 2002 and left them in an archive of photographs and slides in his Hollywood home.

Omega Auctions said Sunday the images will be sold March 22 — exactly 50 years after The Beatles released their first album.

Depardieu gets Russian passport

MOSCOW

The day after receiving his new Russian passport from President Vladimir Putin, French actor Gerard Depardieu flew Sunday to the provincial town of Saransk, where he was greeted as a local hero and offered an apartment for free.

Depardieu had sought Russian citizenship as part of his battle against a proposed super tax on millionaires in France.

Putin granted his request last week and then welcomed the actor late Saturday to his residence in Sochi, the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Josh Brolin arrested on New Year’s Day

SANTA MONICA, CALIF.

Josh Brolin spent some of New Year’s Day and the following morning in a Southern California jail cell after getting arrested for misdemeanor public intoxication.

Santa Monica Police Lt. Darrell Lowe says the actor was not given a citation for the Tuesday arrest, which means he likely won’t have to appear in court.

Lowe says Brolin was arrested just before midnight Jan. 1, when officers found him heavily intoxicated on a Santa Monica sidewalk.

He was booked into jail and released about six hours later after he had sobered up.

A call to a publicist for Brolin was not immediately returned Sunday.

Associated Press


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