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Quick Takes: U2 tour rolls past Stones

April 12, 2011

U2 isn't a band that does things on the cheap. When frontman Bono and guitarist the Edge went to Broadway, they did so via "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," which has earned itself the distinction of being the most expensive show in Broadway history. The band's 360 Tour has been no bargain either, with costs tallying at least $750,000 per day, according to Billboard, whether or not the band even has a gig that night.

So perhaps the announcement Monday from concert promoter Live Nation that trumpets the 360 Tour as the highest-grossing rock 'n' roll endeavor ever should come with an asterisk. After all, no doubt it's one of the most expensive traveling rock shows ever, if not the most.

Yet with 26 dates to go, including June 17 and 18 in Anaheim, the 360 Tour has grossed more than $554 million since it launched in 2009. That beats a previous record set by the Rolling Stones' Bigger Bang Tour.

—Todd Martens

'Hanna' outguns 'Arthur' remake

After a weak opening weekend at the box office, "Arthur" has been dealt another blow — by a teenage assassin.

When the final ticket sales had been counted Monday, it turned out that "Hanna," an action film starring Saoirse Ronan, actually beat out the remake of the 1981 comedy and was the weekend's top ticket seller among the new debuts. "Hanna" collected $12.4 million over the weekend, slightly edging out "Arthur's" tally of $12.2 million.

On Sunday, Warner Bros. projected that its comedy starring Russell Brand in the role made famous by the late Dudley Moore would end up with $12.6 million, while Focus Features estimated "Hanna's" gross as $12.3 million.

Of course, the overall winner for the second consecutive weekend was Universal Pictures' family comedy release "Hop," which ended up with $21.3 million.

—Amy Kaufman

Philippines show on forced hiatus

The Philippines' most popular TV game show was pulled off the air Monday amid a public uproar over the host letting a crying 6-year-old boy mimic a striptease dancer.

"Willing Willie" host Willie Revillame said he was taking two weeks of leave, after which he will announce if he'll return to television.

Angry viewers and commentators have launched a campaign on social-networking sites to remove Revillame from the show, which offers cash prizes for singing, dancing, storytelling and playing games. They say Revillame showed poor taste and mocked his mostly impoverished viewers by allowing the crying boy to gyrate as a striptease dancer.

The young contestant, accompanied on the March 12 show by an aunt, earned $230 for his dance.

—Associated Press

Carell's last day in 'The Office'

NBC is confirming April 28 as the date for Steve Carell's final appearance on "The Office." His farewell episode on the popular comedy will be supersized, the network said Monday.

That night's long goodbye will air from 9 to 9:50 p.m., followed by an extended version of "Parks and Recreation."

Carell, who plays inept branch manager Michael Scott, announced last year that this would be his last season on the series, which premiered in 2005. NBC has made no announcement about who might fill the gap in the cast.

—Associated Press

Crist settles with Byrne over song

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has settled a lawsuit filed by Talking Heads singer David Byrne after Crist used one of the group's songs without permission in a campaign ad last year, both parties confirmed Monday.

Terms of the settlement were not released, but it included a recorded apology by Crist that was posted on YouTube Monday afternoon.

Byrne had sued Crist for $1 million for using the song "Road to Nowhere" in a YouTube video attacking Marco Rubio, one of the governor's opponents in the U.S. Senate race.

"This settlement again confirms that the U.S. copyright and trademark laws apply to politicians and their advertising agencies, just like everyone else," said Lawrence Iser, Byrne's attorney.

—Associated Press

Finally

Sunny gig: Byron Miranda, the chief meteorologist for KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego, will join KNBC-TV Channel 4 News on May 2 as a weekend meteorologist, reporting for the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

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