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May 10, 2009


Fallon a college grad after 15 years

Albany, N.Y. — He’s a comic, actor, “Saturday Night Live” veteran and “Late Night” talk show host.

Add one more thing to Jimmy Fallon’s resume: College graduate.

The 34-year-old Fallon has finally gotten his bachelor’s degree, 14 years after he left an upstate New York college to pursue his comedy career.

The television and film star picked up his degree in communications and spoke to graduates at Saturday’s College of Saint Rose commencement.

Fallon was a Saint Rose student from 1992 through 1995, when he left the Albany college to pursue a show business career. He was just one semester short of graduating.

Winehouse cuts short comeback gig

London — Amy Winehouse was forced to cut short a comeback gig in St. Lucia because of heavy rain.

Winehouse spokesman Chris Goodman said in a statement Saturday that the singer abandoned her performance Friday at the St. Lucia Jazz Festival.

He says heavy rain pounded the stage on the Caribbean island, causing a lighting rig to fail and disrupting sound equipment.

The gig was the troubled British singer’s first performance of 2009.

Goodman says that Winehouse attempted to continue her performance despite the storm, but was forced to stop.

He says the singer was disappointed, as she’d hoped to repay people in St. Lucia for their hospitality. Winehouse has been staying on the island for several months.

‘Star Trek’ selling tickets at warp speed

Los Angeles — “Star Trek” has gone to warp speed at the box office with $31 million in domestic ticket sales after just over a day in theaters.

Distributor Paramount said “Star Trek” took in $24 million Friday, plus $7 million during preview screenings Thursday night.

Paramount estimates that by the end of the weekend the movie will be near or over $70 million in ticket sales.

That puts the movie light years ahead of the previous 10 “Trek” movies.

The best opening weekend ever for the franchise was $30.7 million for 1996’s “Star Trek: First Contact.”


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