Monday Morning Entertainment Headlines


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Wreck-it Ralph" is doing some solid building at the nation's theaters. The Disney production opens at number-one this weekend. The animated family film takes in more than 49 million dollars -- helped by parents looking for something for their kids to do while schools were closed due to Superstorm Sandy. Denzel Washington's "Flight" opens in a solid second this weekend, with 25 mil. "Argo" is third, followed by the debut of the kung fu flick "The Man With the Iron Fists."


BEVERLY HILLS (AP) -- Sarah Silverman says Vanellope's voice came to her after she read the script for "Wreck-It Ralph" and looked at drawings of what she'd look like. Silverman decided she'd have a high, scratchy voice. She says she sounds like she has a "permanent cold." Silverman hears her voice in a talking Vanellope doll. She says the weird thing, though, is that the button you push to make her talk is in her throat.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Denzel Washington is flying high with his latest movie "Flight." But the actor says his skills in the cockpit are limited to the big screen. He says "I cannot fly a plane" -- despite spending a lot of time in a flight simulator while making the film. He says he did like messing around in the simulator -- and wouldn't mind having one at home. He says he wrecked a few planes while in the simulator -- unlike his character in the movie who brings down a crippled jetliner safely.


BEVERLY HILLS (AP) -- Kelly Riley hung out with a drug addict to find out how to play one in "Flight." She says he helped her understand "the inner life of a heroin addict." She says he was very open about his experiences.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Some of the dancers on "Dancing With the Stars: All Stars" will talk about how superstorm Sandy affected them and their families. The Chmerkovskiy brothers and some relatives live on the East Coast. Tony Dovolani's family lives in Connecticut. Viewers will be asked to donate money to help victims of the superstorm. Dancing With the Stars is one of several shows taking part in ABC's "Day of Giving." As for the dancing, the couples will have to perform a fusion dance that combines two different styles. Derek Hough will sit this one out because of a neck injury. Mark Ballas will dance with Shawn Johnson instead. Then, the couples will perform together in a swing dance marathon. No one gets sent home this week because the results show is being pre-empted by the election.


NEW YORK (AP) -- "Live With Kelly and Michael" will put on their Halloween show today, five days after it was postponed because of superstorm Sandy. Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan will dress up as 40 different celebrities, from Honey Boo Boo and the tanning mom to Snooki and Oprah. They'll also ask viewers to donate money for victims of the superstorm. Its part of ABC's "Day of Giving." "Dancing with the Stars," "Good Morning America," "The View," "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and other shows will ask viewers for donations. ABC is owned by Disney, which is donating $2 million to the Red Cross and other rebuilding funds.


NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC says the Superstorm Sandy telethon has raised nearly $23 million for the American Red Cross. Tina Fey and Jon Stewart took part, with music from area natives like Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Joel. The hour-long show Friday night had Jimmy Fallon leading an all-star singalong of "Under the Boardwalk."


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ten tonight, ten tomorrow night. Half of the singers who've made it this far on "The Voice" will compete against each other in part one of the playoffs. The other half will duke it out tomorrow. Viewers can vote for their favorites. We'll find out the results on Thursday. The two singers with the most votes on each team will get to stay. Each coach can then save one more for a total of 12. They get to move on to the next round.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jurors say they weren't impressed with Sam Lutfi's testimony and they agree that his lawsuit against Britney Spears should be thrown out. One juror says "it was a very weak case." Lutfi claimed to be Spears' manager. He accused her mother of libeling him in her book. With the trial over, Spears has one less thing to worry about as she judges "The X Factor."


NEW YORK (AP) -- "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" made nice for one day anyway when they posed as the Beverly Hillbillies for In Touch magazine. Tonight, they get back to being nasty to each other in the season three premiere of their reality show. Bravo is promising "wild outbursts" and that friendships will be tested.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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