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Entertainment Bits: “Fast & Furious 6,” Rick Springfield sells a novel, and NBC’s relief concert for tornado victims

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Box office bonanza

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“Fast & Furious 6 ” burned rubber all over the competition Memorial Day weekend. Not a whole lot of new moves in this sequel, but moviegoers did not care. They love this franchise.

“Fast &  Furious 6”  took in $120 million for its debut in the U.S. The top six films helped generate more than $300 million at the domestic box office, beating the previous record for a Memorial Day weekend.

No surprise, “Fast & Furious 7” is in the works. More here on the weekend’s big films and major box office haul.

Singer Rick Springfield gets book deal

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Rick Springfield is now a singer/author. Springfield has been kicking around for a while, but is best known for his 1980’s pop hit, “Jessie’s Girl.” Now comes word he has sold his first novel, “Magnificent Vibration,” to Simon & Schuster and it’s due out next May. More details on Galleycat.

NBC’s tornado victims relief concert

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NBC is set to air “Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert” tomorrow night. The event is organized by country star/”The Voice” judge, Blake Shelton. Now another judge from that TV show has joined the line-up, Usher.

The concert will be broadcast live from Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. Tickets “… went on sale Saturday morning and sold out in under five minutes,” according to a news release from NBC. More details on Deadline.

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