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'Titanic' sails past $2 billion

James Cameron has shored up his position as king of the worldwide box office.

Cameron's 1997 blockbuster "Titanic" sailed beyond the $2 billion mark in lifetime ticket sales, thanks to a 3-D re-release of the film that was timed to the centennial of the ship's sinking.

Only one other movie has topped $2 billion, and it's also one of Cameron's. His 2009 sci-fi smash "Avatar" earned $2.8 billion worldwide.

The "Titanic" reissue took in about $100 million this weekend -- $11.6 million domestically and a whopping $88.2 million in 69 overseas markets. That included a $58 million debut in China and put the re-release total worldwide at $190.8 million.

Added to the film's $1.84 billion haul in its original release, "Titanic" now stands at $2.03 billion worldwide.


Guns are real issue, Cosby says

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby says the debate over the killing of Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer should be focused on guns, not race.

In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" aired Sunday, Cosby said calling George Zimmerman a racist doesn't solve anything. Cosby says the bigger question is what Zimmerman was doing with a gun, and who taught him how to behave with it.

The shooting of the 17-year-old Martin on Feb. 26 has ignited a nationwide debate about race and self-defense.

Cosby said during the interview, which was taped Thursday, that he once owned a gun but no longer does. He says there is a need to get guns off the streets, and that people should be taught to use every possible alternative before shooting someone.


In celebration of Pollock

The 100th anniversary of the birth of American artist Jackson Pollock is being observed with exhibitions, fundraisers and other events throughout the year.

Actor and director Ed Harris will be one of those feted at a gala in New York City on April 25. Harris made his directing debut in the 2000 film in which he also starred. Harris tells the Associated Press that he got inspiration for the film by staying in the home Pollock shared with his wife, Lee Krasner, in the Springs neighborhood of East Hampton.

Besides the New York fundraiser, there also are exhibitions in Washington, D.C., and at the Pollock-Krasner home.

And Crocs is releasing a Pollock-inspired shoe this June, fashioned after the paint-splashed floor that visitors can still see in the barn the artist used as a studio.

-- From News and wire services