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‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ wins box office race

It wasn’t exactly a mighty victory, but ‘‘Jack the Giant Slayer’’ won the weekend at the box office. The 3-D action extravaganza, based on the Jack and the Beanstalk legend, made just $28 million to debut at No. 1, according to Sunday studio estimates. Among other new releases, the college romp ‘‘21 & Over’’ made only $9 million this weekend to open in third place.The horror sequel ‘‘The Last Exorcism Part II’’ debuted in fourth place with just over $8 million.

GLAAD to honor Cooper

Gay advocacy group GLAAD says Madonna will present CNN’s Anderson Cooper with an award for openly gay media professionals. GLAAD told The Associated Press that the singer has been chosen to give Cooper the Vito Russo Award at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York on March 16. GLAAD President Herndon Graddick says Madonna and Cooper are friends who have both used their careers to support lesbian, gay, and transgender people. Cooper declined to speak publicly about his sexuality for years. But last July he gave a blogger permission to publish an e-mail in which Cooper said he was gay and ‘‘couldn’t be more happy.’’

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“Worst birthday.” - A Saturday Tweet from 19-year-old millionaire pop star Justin Bieber.

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