It was a wild weekend in the entertainment world. Although much of the weekend’s news centered around the death of beloved 60 Minutes interrogator, Mike Wallace, The Hunger Games held strong at the box office while Vanessa Williams opened up about her past, Amanda Bynes dealt with her second arrest, and director Gary Ross was in and out of The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire.
Although the news world said goodbye to a legend, The Hunger Games continued to take the box office by storm and life rolled on in unexpected ways for some celebrities.
Here are the Top 5 stories of the weekend below:
Mike Wallace Dies at 93
Legendary 60 Minutes journalist Mike Wallace died over the weekend at the age of 93. Wallace, one of the most respected, hard-hitting interviewers of his time, passed away in Connecticut with his family and friends by his side.
After a news career that spanned seven decades, Mike Wallace leaves behind an impressive legacy, including 60 Minutes on CBS, which is still going strong today. In 1968, Mike Wallace debuted 60 Minutes with fellow news correspondent Harry Reasoner and remained with the show for 36 years as a regular before retiring in 2006.
The Hunger Games Wins Big … Again
The Hunger Games topped the box office for a third straight weekend. Like The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games has become a license to print money. The current young adult franchise took in $33.5 million this weekend to beat American Reunion and Titanic 3D.
To date The Hunger Games has earned a domestic total of $302 million to become the big franchise of the year. Will the Suzanne Collins adaptation win a fourth straight weekend at the box office next week. Don’t be surprised.
Vanessa Williams Reveals Sexual Abuse in New Memoir
It was another heartbreaking revelation from a well-known celebrity. Vanessa Williams revealed that she was sexually abused by a family friend at the age of 10. In the memoir called “You Don’t Know,” Williams explained how the incident affected her teens but ultimately made her stronger and she pledged to be honest with her four children about everything in her career. It’s proof that whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.
Amanda Bynes Charged With DUI
Forget the PG rating commonly associated with former Nickelodeon teen queen, Amanda Bynes. On Friday, Amanda Bynes was booked by Los Angeles County Police on suspicion of DUI. The arrest came after Bynes tried to swerve around a cop cruiser but ended up side swiping the vehicle. After spending several hours in jail, Bynes was released on $5,000 bail before taking the walk of shame to the impound lot in the same outfit she was arrested in, Chanel bag and all. It was the second time Amanda Bynes (who retired and then un-retired from acting in 2010) has been arrested in as many months.
Will Gary Ross Direct Catching Fire?
Late last week it was reported that Hunger Games director Gary Ross dropped out of the running to helm the upcoming sequel, Catching Fire. On Saturday, however, a report out of Deadline indicated that Ross was on vacation this week but was still very much still in the running. The report also indicated that the many online rumors surrounding the story were inaccurate and that Gary Ross has not dropped out of the directing race for Catching Fire.
Will Gary Ross direct the second film in The Hunger Games franchise? At this point, it’s anyone’s guess.
So, those were the weekend’s biggest stories in entertainment. How was your weekend?