Entertainment News: Lewis, Box Office and More

It’s the start of a brand new month! Of course the start of this month, September, also marks the end of summer. While fall has not officially started yet, most people consider the Labor Day Weekend as the transition point from summer to fall. School is now back in session, summer clothing will soon be traded for warmer clothing, and, if you have a summer car, soon it will be tucked in for a long winters nap too.

With that in mind, lets take a look at some entertainment news for this Monday, September 2. In this post you will read about;

  • Jerry Lewis Record Telethon Numbers
  • Summer Movie Season Ends With Box Office Record
  • Movie Trailer Announcer Dies

Jerry Lewis Telethon Raises Record Total
The annual Labor Day telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association raised a record $65 million dollars this year. The 82 year old Jerry Lewis didn’t expect to break the 2007 total and was astounded by the response. The 2008 total was $1.2 million dollars more than the 2007 total. The 43rd annual telethon included an appeal for help for families registered with MDA who were forced to leave their homes in advance of Hurricane Gustav. Lewis also urged viewers to donate to the Salvation Army’s emergency disaster services. This year Jerry Lewis hosted the 22 hour event at the South Point Hotel and casino in Las Vegas. He was joined by longtime participants Ed McMahon and Tony Orlando as well.

Summer Movie Season Sets New Box Office Record
With the help of The Dark Knight, Hollywood ended up with a record breaking box office total for the summer of 2008. Early estimates for the summer season running from the first weekend in May through to Labor Day are looking very good. Right now it’s estimated that Hollywood earned approximately $4.2 billion dollars this summer. That represents a slight improvement over last year’s record total of $4.18 billion dollars. The big summer box office smash movies helping Hollywood make the big bucks include;

  • The Dark Knight – More than $500 million since opening in July
  • Iron Man and Indiana Jones also passed the $300 million dollar mark

Movie Trailer Announcer Dies
Don LaFontaine, who’s the signature deep voice heard in movie trailers and commercials, has died. An agent for LaFontaine said he died yesterday afternoon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at the age of 68. Coming out from behind the microphone, he was recently seen on-camera in a Geico commercial. According to his website, LaFontaine did voicer overs for several broadcasts and cable networks. During his career he voiced five thousand or so films and hundreds of thousands of TV and radio commercials.

Enjoy the show!
Dr. Rus

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Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.