A new Page
Ellen Page, who won the hearts of moviegoers as the pregnant teenager in the 2007 film “Juno,” has come out as gay.
The 26-year-old told a Las Vegas audience Friday, “I’m here today because I am gay.” She was speaking to a conference of counselors who work with teenagers who identify as lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual or queer.
A video of her speech was posted on the Los Angeles Times website.
Page says she suffered for years because she was afraid to come out. She told the audience, “I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain.”
Page received an Oscar nomination for her performance in “Juno.”
Cowell is father
Simon Cowell is a proud new father.
A spokeswoman for Cowell says he and socialite Lauren Silverman welcomed their baby son early Friday evening, Valentine’s Day, in New York.
The spokeswoman, AnnMarie Thomson, says the infant weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and is named Eric, after Cowell’s father.
Last year, Cowell dodged questions about his relationship with the married Silverman. But he later called her “special.”
People magazine reported that Silverman’s divorce from Andrew Silverman became final in New York in December.
Off to a fast start
Daytona has called on Captain America to kick off “The Great American Race.”
Actor Chris Evans will serve as grand marshal and tell drivers to “start your engines” for Sunday’s Daytona 500.
Evans stars in “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” scheduled for release on April 4.
He joins a list of previous Daytona 500 grand marshals that includes Ben Affleck, Kate Upton, Matthew McConaughey and James Franco.
Building a lead
“The Lego Movie” built a huge lead on top of the weekend’s new releases at the box office, industry figures show.
In its second week, the animated film featuring the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett earned $48.8 million to take first place, according to studio estimates Sunday.
That brings the film’s domestic box office total to $129.1 million, cementing its place as one of the biggest blockbusters of the year.
Sony’s romantic comedy “About Last Night” starring Kevin Hart and Michael Ealy came in second place with $27 million.
The action-packed “RoboCop” reboot featuring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton captured third place with $21.5 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak:
1. “The Lego Movie,” $48.8 million.
2. “About Last Night,” $27 million.
3. “RoboCop,” $21.5 million.
4. “The Monuments Men,” $15 million.
5. “Endless Love,” $13.4 million.
6. “Ride Along,” $8.8 million.
7. “Winter’s Tale,” $7.8 million.
8. “Frozen,” $5.9 million.
9. “Lone Survivor,” $4 million.
10. “That Awkward Moment,” $3.3 million.