‘‘Zero Dark Thirty,’’ Sony Pictures’ Osama bin Laden raid drama, nabbed first place with $24 million in its first weekend in wide release, according to studio estimates Sunday. The film, which opened in a limited run last month, earned five Oscar nominations last week, including best picture, original screenplay, and actress for Jessica Chastain as a dogged CIA operative. Open Road Films’ horror parody ‘‘A Haunted House’’ starring Marlon Wayans debuted in second place with a solid $18.8 million. The Warner Bros. mobster drama ‘‘Gangster Squad,’’ starring Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling as off-the-books police officers battling a mob boss played by Sean Penn, opened below expectations in third place with $16.7 million. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences moved up the unveiling of the Oscar nominations to Thursday, ahead of Sunday’s Golden Globes, Hollywood’s second-biggest awards ceremony organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. (AP)
Missoni show on
The mood was solemn and the music mournful at the Missoni fashion show, which went on despite the uncertain fate of the family-run fashion house’s CEO. Vittorio Missoni, along with his companion, two other friends, and a crew of two, have been missing since their plane disappeared off Venezuela over a week ago. His sister Angela, the brand’s designer, and the rest of the family decided to go ahead with the show even as crews continued to search for the plane. Italian Fashion Chamber President Mario Boselli led the crowd in a standing ovation at the end of the preview for the winter 2014 menswear collection on Sunday. Boselli and Vittorio Missoni worked closely promoting Italian design. (AP)
Miss New York wins
A woman who grew up in Alabama and moved to New York is the new Miss America, winning the title after tap dancing to a James Brown tune, deftly dealing with a question about guns, and raising the issue of child sexual abuse in her contestant platform. Mallory Hagan, 23, strutted down the runway during the Las Vegas pageant Saturday night in an asymmetrical white gown and donned a revealing black string bikini. She won a $50,000 college scholarship as she defeated Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers, who took second, and Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, who finished third. Hagan told The Associated Press in an interview after her win that it was her mother who encouraged her to tackle the issue of child sex abuse in her platform. (AP)
“I’ll always adore him and we will remain great friends.” - Britney Spears, the pop singer, in a statement, about ending her engagement to Jason Trawick.