‘Capt. America’ tops box office for 3rd week
Captain America continues to vanquish box office foes, triumphing in ticket sales for the third-consecutive week and dominating over megastar Johnny Depp’s new movie.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” added another $26 million to its coffers, according to studio estimates Sunday, while Depp’s sci-fi thriller, “Transcendence,” opened in fourth place with $11.2 million.
Another new movie, the religious-themed “Heaven Is for Real,” debuted in third place over Easter weekend with $21.5 million, while another sequel, “Rio 2,” held on to the second spot with $22.5 million.
In fifth place at the box office was “A Haunted House 2” with $9.1 million.
New portrait unveiled for queen’s birthday
A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by renowned British photographer David Bailey has been unveiled to mark the monarch’s 88th birthday.
The black-and-white photograph, taken at Buckingham Palace in March, shows the queen smiling broadly. Bailey described his subject as a “very strong woman” with “very kind eyes with a mischievous glint.”
The portrait, unveiled Sunday for the queen’s birthday today, was commissioned for a government campaign to promote Britain’s heritage and tourism to potential visitors abroad.
Britain’s monarchy and royal history is one of the biggest drivers of its strong tourism industry.
The queen celebrates two birthdays each year: Her actual one April 21 is celebrated privately, while a public ceremony in June marks the occasion with a Trooping the Color parade in London.
Bid, Dick, bid: ‘Dick and Jane’ art for sale
In the portrait, the little boy’s blue eyes twinkle as he looks straight ahead. His apple cheeks shine. There’s a gap in his teeth, and his reddish-brown hair is just slightly tousled. He’s an All-American boy.
He’s Dick, of the illustrated “Dick and Jane” series that helped teach generations to read from the 1930s to the 1970s.
He’s also Nancy Childress’ childhood neighbor and the model for the drawing by her father, Robert Childress, that along with Jane, Sally, Spot and others brought the pages of the reader to life.
Nancy Childress is selling her father’s artwork at auction in New Hampshire at the end of April. Along with Dick, there are other portraits, black-and-white drawings of John F. and Jackie Kennedy and offerings from his collection of pastel paintings of college buildings around the country.
Auctioneer Ronald Pelletier of Brookline Auction Gallery said estimates for the roughly 50 lots of Childress art run from $100 to $2,000 and because it is an “absolute auction” there is no reserve bid, meaning the lowest bid wins.
The live online auction will take place April 30.