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Quick Takes: Amy Winehouse estate worth $4.6 million

March 29, 2012

Records show that Amy Winehouse left an estate worth $4.66 million after her death last year.

The 27-year-old soul diva was found dead in bed on July 23 at her London home.

Probate documents showed Wednesday that she left behind assets totaling more than $6.7 million, with $4.66 million remaining after debts and taxes.

Since Winehouse did not leave a will, the money will go to her parents. Nothing goes to her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, whom she divorced in 2009.

—Associated Press

Robin Gibb has further surgery

Bee Gees star Robin Gibb has undergone further surgery following a sustained illness, a publicist said Wednesday.

Gibb is recovering in the hospital after intestinal surgery over the weekend and has been forced to cancel a number of commitments, publicist Doug Wright said.

Gibb, 62, was hospitalized late last year for stomach and colon problems but told the BBC last month he was making a good recovery. He did not disclose the nature of his illness but said a growth on his colon had been removed.

—Associated Press

Greek police recover statue

Greek police recovered an ancient statue that was illegally excavated and hidden in a goat pen near Athens, and arrested the goatherd and another man who were allegedly trying to sell the work for $667,000.

The marble statue of a young woman dates to about 520 BC and belongs to the kore type, a police statement said Wednesday. Police photos showed the 4-foot work to be largely intact, lacking the left forearm and plinth.

Archaeologists who inspected the find estimated its market value at $16 million, a police official said.

Detectives are seeking to determine where the statue was excavated.

—Associated Press

'Hunger' gobbles the pop chart

The musical companion to "The Hunger Games" emerged Wednesday as the clear leader on this week's pop chart, bolstered by contributions from the likes of Taylor Swift, Arcade Fire, the Decemberists and Maroon 5, among many others.

The disc, "The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond," sold 175,000 copies in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan, easily placing it ahead of longtime chart ruler Adele.

"The Hunger Games" didn't quite dominate the music industry the way it did the film business this last week, as the instant blockbuster debuted with a staggering $155 million take at the box office, but it is the first soundtrack to top the Billboard charts since "Michael Jackson's This Is It" did so in late 2009. The soundtrack, released by Universal Republic, is something of a stand-alone set piece, as only three of its 16 tracks are actually in the film.

Adele's Grammy-winning "21" placed No. 2 this week, adding an additional 130,000 sales to its tally of more than 8.3 million.

Last week's top finisher, "Up All Night" from One Direction, dipped to No. 4 with sales of 55,000, a 69% drop.

—Todd Martens

'Avengers' will launch Tribeca

The Tribeca Film Festival is assembling a band of superheroes, announcing Wednesday that it will close its festival April 28 with Joss Whedon's "The Avengers."

The move marks a return to superhero territory for the New York film confab, which in past years has showcased studio tent poles such as "Spider-Man 3" in addition to its lineup of independent films.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Samuel Jackson, "Avengers" will open to the public May 4. The Tribeca event will serve as its New York premiere; it is scheduled to premiere in Los Angeles on April 11.

—Steven Zeitchik

'Mad Men' guy's big-screen gig

Matthew Weiner, creator of the Emmy-winning series "Mad Men" on AMC, is turning his attention to the big screen.

Gilbert Films said Wednesday that Weiner will make his feature directing debut on "You Are There," starring Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis as friends whose relationship is put to the test when one of them receives an inheritance.

Weiner also wrote the script.

Production begins in May in North Carolina.

—Lee Margulies

Chat, stand-up from TV Guide

More original cable TV programming is on its way courtesy of the TV Guide Network, which plans to introduce a stand-up comedy series and a popular Australian talk show this summer.

"StandUp in Stilettos," hosted by Kate Flannery, is described as stand-up comedy by, for and about women. It begins June 16.

Arriving July 21 is a celebrity-themed chat show, "Rove LA," hosted by Rove McManus.

—Patrick Kevin Day

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