triviot: ('tri-vE-&t) [from Latin trivia] n. An enthusiastic devotee and collector of obscure facts and nostalgic moments.

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Top Ten: Opening Weekend Box Office


Unless you've been in a cave, you already know that last week The Dark Knight became the motion picture with the highest gross on it's opening weekend, and the film continues to break records. In fact, this latest adventure for the Caped Crusader made more in it's opening weekend than the previous top three (Batman Forever, Batman Begins, Batman Returns) made in their opening weekends combined!

We were trying to recall the other nine movies (without cheating). Now that we've verified the information (and gotten the details), we figured we'd share them with you.

Jazz Legend Johnny Griffin Dies in France


PARIS -- US jazz tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, who played alongside such luminaries as Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey and Thelonius Monk, died Friday in France, his agent Helene Manfredi said. He was 80.

Nicknamed the Little Giant, Griffin was due to perform Friday evening alongside US organist Rhoda Scott, French saxophonist Olivier Temime and drummer Julie Saury.

Griffin died at home in Mauprevoir, a village in the west-central La Vienne district, where he had spent the last 18 years of his life. The cause of death was not disclosed.

After studying music at the DuSable High School in his native Chicago, Griffin joined vibes star Hampton's orchestra in 1945 before leaving with trumpeter Joe Morris to join the latter's own band.

Throughout the 1950s, he played with a variety of combos, including Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.

Be Seeing You!

Prisoner.jpgIn 1967, a British secret agent resigned from his job. Shortly thereafter, he woke to find himself in an idyllic village on an island guarded by, well, giant white balloons affectionately called Rover.

So starts the saga of Number Six, played by Patrick McGoohan in the 1960's series and, presumably, that's how it will start for Jim Caviezel in AMC's upcoming reinterpretation of The Prisoner. As in the original, Number Six will have a Number Two to contend with, Caviezel's in the form of Sir Ian McKellan, as he tries to discover the secrets behind the Village, why he's there, and who is Number One.

(On the series, McGoohan actually found himself facing off against many different Number Twos, both male and female, as each was presumably replaced after his or her failure to get information from Six.)

The Prisoner, a six-part miniseries, will be seen on AMC in 2009. You can follow the production and test your knowledge of the iconic show at their The Prisoner Blog.

Movie News from Comic-Con

The web is abuzz with news coming out of Comic-Con 2008 in San Diego, some of which we're betting will also pique the curiosity of triviots. A few quick items:

The big surprise came from Disney. The entertainment giant had gathered attendees to show a clip from Race to Witch Mountain--more on that in a moment--and then, at the end of the presentation, something unexpected. According to Adam Quigley of /Film, "The teaser starts off with the camera panning through a strange stylized landscape. At this point, nobody knew what we were watching, so only silence filled the hall. And then, two blue/yellow suit-wearing motorcyclists burst into frame, engaged in a frenzy of a race. Audiences erupted in applause."

Screech the Snitch

screech.jpgIn his latest bid to remain on our pop culture radar, Dustin Diamond, Screech from Saved by the Bell (as well as its prequel, Good Morning, Miss Bliss, and too many Bell spin-offs and made-for-TV movies to list) is reportedly writing a tell-all book about his days in the spotlight. Apparently his appearances on Celebrity Fit Club, Celebrity Boxing, and the infamous sex tape just weren't enough to make the Screecher happy.

The book, titled Behind the Bell, will be ghost written by Alan Goldsher, who, according to his website, has worked on projects with comedians Fred Willard and Bernie Mac, and actor Michael Madsen. According to New York magazine, the book will reveal the, "sexual escapades among cast members, drug use, and hardcore partying," that took place on the set of the show.

Gee, I wonder why none of his co-stars will speak to him.

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Connie Francis Hospitalized


GARDEN CITY, N.Y. --  Singer Connie Francis is being treated at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York where she was hospitalized after falling ill earlier this week.

Her agent, Mike Church, says the 69-year-old singer had been scheduled to perform Wednesday night with Neil Sedaka at The Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury. Instead, she was taken to the hospital with dangerously high blood pressure.

Francis, who recorded '50s and '60s pop hits including "Who's Sorry Now?" and "Lipstick on Your Collar," had been expected to leave the coronary care unit Friday.

Church says that although she is "doing well," doctors decided she should remain in the hospital for observation for at least another day.

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Well, He Warned Her!

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Let's Do The Time Warp Again (Again)

Grab your toilet paper and squirt guns! MTV is planning a remake of the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Read more in the Variety story.

Oh, Lord!

Hawaii Five-0's Jack Lord had his share of fans. We're not sure we'd count the author of this letter among them.

You Really Can't Stop The Beat is reporting that New Line Cinema is working on a sequel to the movie-turned-musical-turned-movie-musical Hairspray. Many from the creative team behind the movie musical, including creator John Waters and director Adam Shankman, are on board for Hairspray 2, and they hope to reunite the original cast.