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In October, the pop diva's concerts there were postponed amid nationwide strikes over a government plan to raise the retirement age.
Then on Sunday, the first of two rescheduled shows was snowed out when the 28 vehicles carrying Gaga's sets and equipment were barred from the roads because of hazardous conditions.
"I am furious and devastated," Gaga tweeted, adding that it was "unfair to my fans and to me."
Paris promised to be nice for shows Monday and (twice rescheduled) Tuesday.
Mixed results for Philly pride on the weekend film front. Natalie Portman's Oscar-buzzy Black Swan, which features more than a dozen dancers from our own Pennsylvania Ballet, opened nationally after weeks of festival and select-city rollouts with $8.3 million in only 959 theaters, finishing a respectable No. 7 while going head-to-head with new releases.
But Reese Witherspoon's $120 million love-triangulating How Do You Know - which distracted Philadelphians for months when the then-nameless James Brooks effort was filming here last year - was a dismal dud with just $7.6 million, opening at No. 8. Witherspoon's luckless costars: Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson.
Meanwhile, back at the top, Jeff Bridges' sci-fi sequel Tron: Legacy leaped to the top of the box-office grid with a $43.6 million opening weekend. The movie costars Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde.
Other newcomers continued a sluggish end to Hollywood's year. Dan Aykroyd's family flick Yogi Bear fell flat at a weak No. 2 with $16.7 million. The previous weekend's top movie, 20th Century Fox's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, fell to No. 3 with $12.4 million. Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale's acclaimed boxing drama The Fighter had a so-so rollout nationwide after a stellar debut in limited release the previous weekend, coming in at No. 4 with $12.2 million.
Fresh off an Australian tour, Oprah Winfrey is taking a respite in the South Pacific island nation of Fiji, where the military regime wished her "a great time."
Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fiji's tourism minister, said that Winfrey was spending the Christmas holiday there and that officials wanted to respect her privacy. Local media reported that she arrived Thursday and that she and longtime beau Stedman Graham were to stay until Sunday - despite Fiji's strained relations with other countries since a 2006 military coup. Australia and New Zealand imposed travel bans on Fiji leaders, and international trade sanctions have been imposed, but elections have only been pushed back. The U.S. State Department warns Americans to consider the risks and be vigilant while there.
Fiji has long been a celebrity destination (Rolling Stone Keith Richards famously fell from a tree at the exclusive Wakaya Club in 2006 and was rushed to New Zealand for brain surgery), and the country is serious about maintaining its image as a place to get away from it all. Said Sayed-Khaiyum, "We don't want Fiji to become a playground for the paparazzi."