Daughtry show unites Super Bowl fans
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — They are on opposing sides, but Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints fans found something to bond over at the Super Bowl yesterday — a Daughtry concert.
Black and gold mixed with Colts blue as the rockers performed before the game. Lead singer Chris Daughtry joked that he was able to bring together a rowdy group.
He said: "There was a lot of segregation ... a lot of fights getting ready to break out."
Guitarist Josh Steely interjected: "He eased that crowd though."
The Super Bowl's main entertainment was The Who, which performed at halftime. Carrie Underwood and Queen Latifah also made appearances, singing the national anthem and "America the Beautiful," before kickoff, respectively.
WILLIAMS RULES THE RATINGS ROOST
NEW YORK — Forget Jay Leno. Maybe NBC should have considered Brian Williams for a prime-time job.
The week before last, Williams' "Nightly News" was seen by an average of 10.1 million viewers each evening. Not only was that more than Leno, it beat every other program NBC showed in prime time all week, with "The Biggest Loser" closest at 9.7 million, the Nielsen Co. said.
Both the "Today" show and Williams' newscast have increased already substantial leads in the ratings over second-place broadcasts on ABC News since each of those competitors switched anchors in December.
Five years into his job, competing with ABC's Diane Sawyer and CBS' Katie Couric, Williams is now the dean of evening news anchors.
'DEAR JOHN' DEFEATS 'AVATAR' AT BOX OFFICE
LOS ANGELES — A sci-fi love story has given way to an earth-bound romance at the box office, livening up typically slow times at theaters over Super Bowl weekend.
Released by Sony's Screen Gems banner, "Dear John" debuted as the No. 1 movie with $32.4 million, knocking off "Avatar" after seven weekends in first place, according to studio estimates yesterday.
20th Century Fox's "Avatar" slipped to No. 2 with $23.6 million, raising its domestic total to $630.1 million. It had been No. 1 domestically longer than any movie since 1997's "Titanic," which held on at first place for 15 weekends.
ACTOR IN OSCAR-NOMINATED FILM ARRESTED
JERUSALEM — Police say an actor in "Ajami," the Israeli movie just nominated for an Oscar, was jailed briefly for attacking police in the neighborhood where the story was filmed.
A spokesman said yesterday that police arrested Tony Copti, whose brother co-produced the movie. He said the actor was involved in a brawl with police and was released after questioning, but had no further details.
"Ajami" depicts the brutal life of drugs, violence and poverty in Jaffa, a mixed Jewish-Arab neighborhood near Tel Aviv. It was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign film last week.
— Advertiser News Services