Avoiding Gilligan’s Island
The Coast Guard says singer Kelly Rowland was among the passengers on a private boat escorted back to Cape Cod after the captain became disoriented.
Lt. Ruairi White tells the Cape Cod Times that the boat’s captain was following a commercial whale-watching vessel Friday, lost sight of the boat and became disoriented north of Provincetown, Mass.
The Coast Guard directed a commercial towboat operator to escort the private vessel back to Provincetown.
TowBoat U.S. Provincetown says on its Facebook page that the boat was 33 miles north of Provincetown. It says the passengers “were great. Just a little shook up.”
Police were investigating a scuffle Friday between rapper Kanye West and a cameraman at Los Angeles International Airport, where paparazzi have been known to spend time in hopes of snapping shots of celebrities.
Numerous witnesses were interviewed about the afternoon incident to compile a report for detectives to investigate, LAX Police Sgt. Steve Savala said.
TMZ posted a video of the tussle, showing West being thronged by cameras while trying to get into a white Mercedes Benz waiting curbside.
As flashbulbs illuminate his face, West accuses the paparazzi of trying to provoke him “so I have to pay you, like, $250,000.” He then lunges at a photographer’s camera and tries to wrestle it away.
‘Conjuring’ a hit
Moviegoers were ready for a fright this weekend, sending “The Conjuring” into first place at the box office.
The Warner Bros. haunted-house horror – based on a true story – debuted with $41.5 million in North American ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. “The Conjuring” unseated three-week box-office champ, “Despicable Me 2,” which dropped to second place with $25 million.
“The Conjuring” was among four new releases tempting moviegoers this weekend. The newest animated offering, Fox’s “Turbo,” opened with $21.5 million, good for third place. Fox’s head of domestic distribution, Chris Aronson, characterized the opening as “a very promising start,” noting that the film won’t open in Europe until the fall.
X-Men work the crowd
The entire cast of “X-Men” thrilled fans at Comic-Con by uniting on stage Saturday in the San Diego Convention Center’s largest hall.
Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McEvoy, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Hugh Jackman and others made for an impressive panel.
“I feel safe here now that you got rid of Prop. 8,” he said, referring to the recently abolished law that prohibited same-sex marriage.
“I’m looking for a husband,” he said. “It’s great to meet you, Michael.”
One fan was brought to tears by seeing the cast assembled on stage.
“This is like the best night of my life,” she said before asking the panel which “X-Men” character was their favorite.