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FOX FILES: Quickies On Michael Jackson, BeBe Winans & Al Sharpton

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VIA EURWEB:

Despite the usual dip in box office numbers during a Halloween weekend, “Michael Jackson’s This Is It” managed to top the US box office with $21.3 million, and dominate worldwide with an estimated $101 million in its opening frame.

Sony announced it is extending the film’s domestic run through Thanksgiving weekend, or by three weeks – which means that the movie’s DVD release has also been pushed back by roughly the same amount of time.

The disc was originally set to be released prior to Christmas, but due to a regulation that usually forces studios to wait a minimum 90 days before releasing a new film to DVD, “This Is It” will now make its debut in late January or early February, 2010, according to the Los Angeles Times. Hollywood Reporter columnist Roger Friedman says the DVD release date will be Jan 20.

Overseas, the studio will decide whether to extend the film’s theatrical run on a territory by territory basis.

“This is It,” which opened Tuesday night, grossed an estimated $32.5 in its 5 ½ day domestic bow from 3,481 runs. It ran on 15,000 screens worldwide.

Meanwhile, the AP reports that Sony has decided to submit the documentary for Academy Award consideration in categories ranging from film editing and sound to best picture and best director. As previously reported, the deadline has already passed for films competing in best documentary, the category in which “This Is It” had the best chance of competing.

Friedman points out that “This is It” is on track to be the third-largest-grossing documentary in history, putting it right behind Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 911? and “Earth,” and ahead of Moore’s other films, as well as Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and Madonna’s “Truth or Dare.”

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VIA EURWEB:

TMZ.com has tracked down the ex-wife of gospel star BeBe Winans to get her reaction to his continued appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” despite his ongoing domestic violence case.

In February, Debra Winans made headlines after accusing her ex-husband of shoving her to the ground in front of their two kids, ages 10 and 13. According to the report, the two had a “verbal altercation” regarding “custody issues dealing with their children.”

In light of Winfrey’s stand against domestic violence, and particularly Chris Brown, who has pleaded guilty to assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna, Debra Winans tells TMZ she’s “hurt by Oprah’s decision to have BeBe on the show.”

Ironically, BeBe’s arrest in February came one day before Oprah aired her domestic violence special in response to the Chris Brown case.

With a domestic violence charge pending until another court hearing next year, BeBe was on “Oprah” Friday to promote “Still,” his new gospel album with sister CeCe. He is also the host of “Oprah’s Karaoke Challenge,” a nationwide competition to find the best karaoke singer.

Round 1 of the challenge will air on Thursday (Nov. 5).

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VIA NY DAILY NEWS:

The Rev. Al Sharpton lashed out Sunday at the “unfair” treatment of his daughter and ex-wife by cops who arrested the duo for arguing over a traffic ticket in Harlem.

“I cannot imagine how two unarmed women with no record, could be taken in cuffs from a traffic dispute with NO personal or property damage involved,” Sharpton wrote in a string of angry postings on Twitter. “Well this is what we deal with everyday. We will never accept unfairness.”

Sharpton’s oldest daughter, Dominique Sharpton, 23, and ex-wife, Kathy Jordan, 53, were arrested Friday when they got into a heated verbal tussle with cops during a traffic stop, police said.

Dominique Sharpton sped past a police car on Eighth Ave. at 110th St. and blasted through a red light before cops nabbed her, sources said.

She called her mom, who rushed to the scene to find Dominique in the back of a police car, Sharpton’s attorney said.

Cops charged both with disorderly conduct and obstruction of governmental administration, issued them desk appearance tickets and let them go.

“Kathy showed the concern any mother would show,” Sharpton wrote.

Sharpton wrote there were “no drugs or drinking at all” – making their treatment all the more worse. Sharpton lawyer Michael Hardy called the arrest “excessive” and said the police car Dominique drove around was unmarked.

“It seems they were arrested simply because they asked why the ticket was being given,” said Hardy.

Police declined comment yesterday.

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