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Entertainment Express: Despicable Me 2, The Lone Ranger, Jay-Z, Rolling Stones, Doctor Who

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* It was a good 4th of July holiday weekend for Despicable Me 2, which made almost $300 million in total, from box office takings here in the US and abroad. The sequel follows on from the film’s success in 2010, when it became the second biggest animated release that year – after the Oscar-winning Toy Story 3. (PS Have you seen me talking to the cast about accents and happiness?)

* By the same stroke, it was a bad weekend for The Lone Ranger. The movie, which reportedly cost an estimated $225 million to make, has hovered around the $73 million mark, from takings in the US and the territories where it’s been released. Here’s the Hollywood Reporter’s theory why.

* Jay-Z‘s rule-breaking Magna Carta Holy Grail continues to stay in the headlines, since releasing last week. The album – what with its re-writing of the rules for platinum status – has so far received mixed reviews. The Android version of the app was cloned by hackers who inserted messages criticizing the US government. Meanwhile, Jay-Z now knows where you live.

* The Rolling Stones are making sure they too stay in the headlines. Following their history-making- Glastonbury-headlining show, the group played London’s Hyde Park this past Saturday, in another historic performance. ‘Twas the first time in 44 years – and this time, they charged people. But what is money, after all? Last week an anonymous buyer snapped up a lock of Mick Jagger’s hair for $6 000 last week.

* The Rolling Stones, too, are making sure they remain in the headlines. Following their history-making- Glastonbury-headlining show, the group played London’s Hyde Park this past Saturday, in another historic performance. ‘Twas the first time in 44 years – and this time, they charged people. This comes after n anonymous buyer snapped up a lock of Mick Jagger’s hair for $6 000 last week. What is money, really?

* If you’re a big Doctor Who fan, Britain’s National Media Museum wants you – yes, you – to contribute to an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the program this year. Finally, a place to showcase those special edition school lunch-boxes.

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