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Entertainment Express: Monsters University, James Gandolfini, Jim Carrey, Under the Dome, Nik Wallenda

Monster-University

* Monsters University was the top student at this weekend’s US box office, opening at number 1 and bringing in $82 million, while World War Z earned Brad Pitt his biggest opening record with $66 million. Happy class all around.

* A funeral will be held for James Gandolfini on Thursday in NYC, while today flags will be flown at half mast in the iconic Soprano’s actor’s hometown state of New Jersey, as his body is returned to his family.

* Jim Carrey has had a change of heart about the violence in his latest film Kick Ass 2, telling his 10.8 million Twitter followers on Sunday that he cannot support the upcoming film. It has sparked further discussion on the influence of violence in movies, with Kick Ass creator Mark Millar saying he doesn’t believe violence in fiction leads to violence in real life “any more than Harry Potter casting a spell creates more Boy Wizards in real life. ”

* As one show – Mad Men – ends, another kicks off. The latest adaptation of a Stephen King work seems to be one worth watching. Under the Dome, based on the 2009 novel of the same name, counts Steven Spielberg as one of its executive producers. 

* It was can’t-keep-looking-but-can’t-turn-away watching, as the daredevil Nik Wallenda attempted his most terrifying feat to date: walking across the Grand Canyon on a thin wire without a harness or safety net of any kind. Thanking Jesus and God for most of the way, Nik, made history and his dream come true.

[Pic: Pixar]

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