Jonathan Lee’s Entertainment Recap: July 13-17

The greatly anticipated movie, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” opened in theatres this past week. One company that is taking advantage of this box office hit is I MAX corp. They are hoping to expand to greater markets outside North America, mainly targeting Asia. China is already set to open 32 more I MAX theatres by the end of 2012.

The “Harry Potter” series has gone through four different directors, each adding their own vision for the way the film should look. David Yates has taken the stand as head director after directing the last Harry Potter film along with the current one, which opened this Wednesday. He is also set to direct the final installment of the book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”

Sascha Baron Cohen’s movie “Bruno” topped the box office this past weekend, grossing $30.4 million.  “Bruno” opened up in theatres Friday, with much controversy around the world. It has already been banned in the Ukraine for its explicit material.

The popular show on Fox “American Idol,” will continue with host Ryan Seacrest. Seacrest signed a new three-year deal with Simon Fuller’s 19 Entertainment. Along with his continued hosting of the hit show, Seacrest will also be involved in radio-talk shows and E! Entertainment News.

After a dispute over who will help pay the $14 million dollar tab for Michael Jackson’s memorial at the Staples Center Monday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ended all dispute, stating he will not ask for any money from the Jackson family or AEG Live.

After spending $16 million dollars to renovating a Tennessee Golf Course, Justin Timberlake’s course is set to open July 25th.

Illustration art had merely gone unseen in the 1950’s, but for one art collector, he will have netted over $20 million with the paintings he has tucked away in storage. Charles Martignette’s, who died last year at 57, left behind valuable artwork that is set to be auctioned away at thousands. Biddings were held this week at Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas.

MTV is set to team up with the European Union to raise awareness on the dangers of climate change. The website for this campaign can be found at

Last year’s winner at the Emmy for best comedy “30 Rock” looks to repeat as it is leading the way with 22 Emmy nominations. “Mad Men,” which won best drama last year, is also a frontrunner to win this upcoming year. That’s all the entertainment news for this week.

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