The movies went to the dogs on Christmas Day, with a record-breaking box-office turn by
Marley & Me
, an adaptation of former Inquirer columnist
's heartwarming tale.
The dog-sploitation flick, which stars
, grossed $14.8 mil, the highest one-day total ever for a film opening on Christmas.
, wasn't far behind with his new picture,
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
, which had the second-highest Christmas opening ever with $11.8 mil, reports Variety.
made $10.5 mil, while
's World War II epic
, which has been savaged by some critics, grossed $8.5 mil.
Stars continue to pay tribute to playwright and activist
, who died Wednesday of cancer at 78.
the actress-turned-politician, told the BBC that the Nobel winner's death was "a great loss not only to the theater but . . . also a great loss to people who fight for human rights."
Brit thesp Sir
told London's the Guardian: "He was our God, Harold Pinter, for actors." And Pinter's widow, Lady
, told the BBC: "He was a great and it was a privilege to live with him for over 33 years."
tells Entertainment Weekly he is eager to get on board a big-screen adaptation of his acclaimed show, which was canceled in '06.
"It's been so long now, we almost have to do it. It's like we have to finish the joke," he says. The film has yet to get a firm green light, but that doesn't stop Arnett from making a quip about its release date: "I'm sure I'm not speaking out of turn when I say Christmas Day '09."
Hillary Rodham Clinton
are this year's most admired man and woman. The USA Today/Gallup Poll of 1,008 adults found that 32 percent of Americans admire the president-elect, who was the only man to rack up double digits.
is at No. 2 with 5 percent, while defeated GOP presidential candidate
is third with 3 percent.
Pope Benedict XVI
, and former President
got 2 percent each. (Not much of a distinction; the poll has an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points.)
Hillary leads the women with 20 percent, followed by
(7 percent) and
, who says he wants to apply his supernatural talents to fashion design, says he has the acumen to design an outfit for
. London's inimitable source of truth, the Sun, quotes Kanye as saying: "I could design something for Obama to go to the club in. But I don't know if I'm ready for suits and stuff." No word on whether Obama has OKd an "In Da Club" suit.
Sunday Rose Kidman Urban
, the 5-month-old daughter of actress
and country crooner
, who all spent a low-key Christmas at home - their first Christmas in Nashville.
Kidman recently told People she planned to give Sunday Rose "a lot of hugs and kisses and Christmas carols" - plus a turtle puppet.
In probably his
interview this month about the merits of his and
's Grand Amour,
shares with the L.A. Times a Zen koan worthy of the greatest sages in history. Brad says there's no love without loss, no triumph without tragedy, no day without night. Brad says love
is a tragedy "in the sense that any love involves loss, and that's the risk you take. And the greater the love, the greater the loss. I certainly feel that now with the woman I'm with, and the children that I have. But whatever the course may be, this time together is extraordinary."