'HOBBIT' TOPS WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies topped the weekend box office with $56.2 million. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie rounded out the Top Three with $17.3 million and $16.3 million respectively. Exodus: Gods and Kings came in at Number 4 with $8.1 million and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay landed at Number Five with $7.8 million.
MUHAMMAD ALI HOSPITALIZED WITH PNEUMONIA: Muhammad Ali, 72, was hospitalized on Saturday, December 20th, with a mild case of pneumonia. A rep released a statement that said, "Muhammad Ali, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition . . . He was admitted earlier this morning and because the pneumonia was caught early, his prognosis is good with a short hospital stay expected . . . At this time, the Muhammad Ali family respectfully requests privacy . . . No further details are being released at this time."
SONY HIRES REAL LIFE OLIVIA POPE: Sony has hired Judy Smith, the crisis expert who Olivia Pope's character is modeled after, to handle their hacking crisis.
LARRY HAGMAN'S ESTATE HIT WITH A LAWSUIT: John Castonia was hired to manage Larry Hagman's career when he returned to television to appear in TNT's Dallas. According to Castonia, he signed a guaranteed contract for $2500 a week for seven months. Unfortunately Hagman died after the first three months, so Castonia is suing his estate for the remaining $42,500.
MOVIE ABOUT FORMER ATLANTIC PRES IN WORKS: A movie about Jerry Greenberg, who at 32 years-old, became the youngest president of Atlantic Records, is being shopped to cable and TV outlets. He worked with AC/DC, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Aretha Franklin.