Charlie Sheen accused of weapons violation
ASPEN - Authorities say actor Charlie Sheen is accused of using a weapon in an alleged case of domestic violence in Aspen.
Sheen spent part of Christmas Day in jail after being arrested at a home in the Colorado ski resort town.
Stephanie Dasaro, a police spokeswoman, did not provide details on what kind of weapon Sheen is accused of using.
Sheen also was arrested on investigation of second-degree assault, a felony, and criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.
Sheen's lawyer didn't return a telephone call Sunday seeking comment.
Sheen hasn't been charged and was released Friday after posting an $8,500 bond. Prosecutors will determine whether to file charges.
Apartment ransacked as Gosselin visits kids
NEW YORK - Jon Gosselin's apartment was ransacked by someone who slashed furniture, stole his TV and left a note pinned to his dresser with a butcher knife while he visited his children for Christmas, his lawyer said Sunday.
The reality-show star was "devastated" by the destruction he found when he returned Saturday from Pennsylvania, attorney Mark Jay Heller said in a statement.
Gosselin's clothes, bed and other furniture were cut up, and a family-heirloom vase was shattered, Heller said. His TV, other electronics and his dishes were taken by a "very troubled and sick perpetrator," Heller said.
He wouldn't disclose who signed the note or what it said, adding that police were examining it. Police declined to comment.
Moviegoers spent $278M over weekend
NEW YORK - It was a memorable and merry Christmas in Hollywood as moviegoers shattered box-office records, responding in droves to a diverse array of high-profile releases over the holiday weekend.
The estimated $278 million in weekend box-office revenue broke the previous record of roughly $253 million set in July 2008, the weekend "The Dark Knight" was released.
A diverse group of films drew throngs to the multiplexes: James Cameron's "Avatar" pushed strongly into its second week, while "Sherlock Holmes," "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" and "It's Complicated" all opened.
"Avatar," a 3-D epic, topped them all, earning $75 million for 20th Century Fox, according to studio estimates Sunday. Remarkably, that was only a 3 percent drop from its opening weekend total of $77.4 million. In its 10 days of release, "Avatar" has made $212 million domestically - and could be on its way to a worldwide gross of more than $1 billion.
In second was "Sherlock Holmes," Guy Ritchie's reboot of the franchise with Robert Downey Jr. starring as Arthur Conan Doyle's detective. The Warner Bros. film opened with a weekend total of $65.4 million, including a record Christmas Day debut of $24.9 million.
"Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," which opened Wednesday, took in $50.2 million on the weekend and $77.1 million in its five days of release. The film, also from Fox, earned an impressive $18.8 million on Wednesday alone. The strong start suggested "Squeakquel" was likely to surpass its 2007 original, which made $217 million.
Also opening was Nancy Meyer's "It's Complicated," the romantic comedy starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. With an audience 72 percent female, the Universal film took in $22.1 million, a solid debut.
Tyler Perry taking 'Madea' back on tour
ATLANTA - Movie producer and actor Tyler Perry says he is taking his sharp-tongued character "Madea" back on tour.
Perry posted a message on his Web site Saturday that said he had taken some time off in the past few months "so I could spend my mother's final days at her side." His mother, Willie Maxine Perry, died on Dec. 8 at age 64.
Perry said he would begin touring with his new play, "Madea's Big Happy Family," the iron-willed Southern matriarch he portrays in a wig and padded suit. She is the central character of many of his films, including "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail."
The actor said he was eager to have Madea on stage for the first time in five years. The first leg of the tour begins next Monday in El Paso, then goes to Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle and Portland, Ore.