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Magic for 'Harry'

July 18, 2011

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The boy wizard has vanquished the dark knight and a band of pirates at the box office. Warner Bros. estimates that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’’ took in $168 million domestically from Friday to yesterday. That beats the previous best opening weekend of $158 million for 2008’s Batman blockbuster “The Dark Knight.’’ Overseas, the film added $307 million in 59 countries since it began rolling out Wednesday, topping the international debut of $260 million set in May by Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.’’ (AP)

Not fond of Fonda

Jane Fonda says she’s been banished from QVC amid concerns about her political past. Fonda was set to appear on the home-shopping channel on Saturday to promote her new book on aging, “Prime Time,’’ but the segment was canceled a day before. In a statement on her website, Fonda says QVC told her it received “a lot of calls’’ from viewers criticizing her opposition to the Vietnam War and threatening to boycott the show. Fonda says she is “deeply disappointed that QVC caved to this kind of insane pressure.’’ Paul Capelli, a spokesman for West Chester, Pa.-based QVC, confirmed Fonda’s canceled appearance, but specified no reason. (AP)

Songwriter sues

A longtime songwriting partner of Aretha Franklin has sued her publishing company, claiming it did not sign a royalty agreement for a song on her recently released album. The suit filed in US District Court in Detroit by Norman D. West also accuses Springtime Publishing Inc., of copyright infringement over an earlier song and seeks unspecified damages to ensure future royalties. West said no royalty agreement was signed for “Put It Back Together Again.’’ That song and “New Day,’’ which West said he co-wrote, appear on “Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love.’’ West, 45, and Franklin have worked together for more than 20 years. (AP)

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