FLEXED: Fueled, no doubt, by public interest in their relationship, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie showed off their star muscle this weekend: their new romantic action flick, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, made a robust $51 million at the box office, according to industry estimates. It trounced such tepid new rivals as The Honeymooners, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D and High Tension. In second, third and fourth place, respectively: Madagascar ($17.1 million), Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith ($14.9 million) and The Longest Yard ($13.5 million). And taking a major dip, to sixth place in only its second week: Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger in Cinderella Man ($9.5 million).
ASSIGNED: Sean Penn, 44, on assignment as a reporter in Tehran for the San Francisco Chronicle to cover the June 17 Iran presidential elections, went unrecognized by a crowd of 6,000 anti-American prayer worshipers Friday at Tehran University, reports Reuters. Working with a translator, Penn took copious notes as hard-line cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati urged the congregation to vote en masse “to make America angry.” The actor, who visited Iraq before and after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 and wrote an account of his second trip for the Chronicle, told Reuters he had decided to come to Iran because of growing tensions between Washington and Tehran.
REUNITED: David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright – or, as they are better known, Pink Floyd – have decided to put aside past differences (and legal battles) and play together at next month’s Live 8 concert in London’s Hyde Park. The reunion will mark the first time the group has assembled since they performed The Wall at Earls Court 24 years ago. On Sunday, Gilmour said: “I want to do everything I can to persuade the G8 leaders to make huge commitments to the relief of poverty and increase aid to the Third World. Any squabbles Roger and the band have had in the past are so petty in this context it’s got to be worthwhile.”
DIED: Actor Dana Elcar, 77, a familiar face on dozens of TV shows but best known as costar of the action series MacGyver, a role he kept even after going blind, died last Monday of complications from pneumonia at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, Calif., says his agent. In addition to frequent guest appearances, he was also a regular on such series as Baretta opposite Robert Blake and Baa Baa, Black Sheep with Robert Conrad. The mid-’80s series MacGyver starred Richard Dean Anderson as a rugged, clever crime fighter.
HOSPITALIZED: Four Weddings and a Funeral actor Corin Redgrave, 65, the brother of actresses Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave, is in critical condition after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday, according to Basildon Hospital in Essex, outside London. Redgrave reportedly improved slightly from Thursday night to Friday morning but remains in intensive care.