Weekend News Roundup! Bieber’s Monkey Business


Happy Monday! Here’s our compendium of pop-culture news you may have missed while you were doing more important things over the weekend.

• It was a good weekend for Angelina Jolie: a federal judge ruled that Jolie’s directorial debut, In The Land of Blood and Honey, was not plagiarized from a novel by James Braddock. [WT]

• A bad weekend for Justin Bieber, whose pet capuchin monkey, Mally, did not make it past German customs. [Radar]

• And a fair weekend for Chris Brown, who was booed by basketball fans when he sat front row at the Knicks game last night with Spike Lee. [NYDN]

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (finally) opened this weekend and won the box office $41.2M; The Croods made $26.5M in its second week; Tyler Perry’s Temptation opened at number three with $22.3M; and Olympus Has Fallen and Oz the Great and Powerful rounded out the top five, with $14M and $11M respectively. [BOM]

• British actor Richard Griffiths, whose recent roles include played Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter films, Monsieur Frick in Hugo, and Hector in Alan Bennett’s play The History Boys, died on Friday. His History Boys costar, James Corden, remembers meeting him for the first time here. [Guardian]

• Playwright Tom Stoppard (Rock ‘n’ Roll, The Real Inspector Hound) has written a radio drama about Pink Floyd. [CBS News]

• Fans of Boardwalk Empire, rejoice! Martin Scorsese is turning his 2002 film Gangs of New York into a television series with Miramax. [Deadline]