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Entertainment News Bits: Lakers parade, “Twilight” fan frenzy, and “Toy Story 3” rules the Box Office

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Fans whoop it up for the World Champion Lakers

Photo: Don Barletti/Los Angeles Times — Thousands of jubliant fans cheer for Kobe and company as the Lakers joy bus rolls along Figueroa Street during the big parade in Los Angeles, June 21, 2010

A parade of purple and gold in Downtown Los Angeles today to celebrate the 2010 NBA World Champion Lakers. Thousands of cheering fans lined the route to give props to the players. Story and more photos on the Los Angeles Times website.

Also, a report on the Times site about the prosecution of some of those unruly folks arrested after the Lakers clenched the championship with a snail-bitting win in the finals game 7 at Staples Center.

Fans camp out for premiere of new “Twilight” movie

Hundreds of devoted fans of that the “Twilight” saga began camping out in L.A. Live Plaza near Staples Center in Downtown L.A. Today.  The fans are waiting for Thursday’s premiere of the third movie in the series, “Eclipse.” They’re not hoping for tickets — just a glimpse of the film’s stars. Nikki Finke’s Deadline.com/Hollywood has photos and more here.

“Toy Story 3” a monster at the Box Office

As expected, “Toy Story 3” dominated the Box Office over the weekend. The third installment of the animated film series debuted with a mighty $110 million to easily become the number one movie in the country. This family-friendly sequel gave the Box Office a huge boost — theater business was up 32 percent over the same weekend last year, according to Box Office Mojo.

In this third “Toy Story” movie Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the toy-box gang end up in a day-care center  after their owner, Andy, heads off to college. Celebrity voices include Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen Buzz, Joan Cusack Jessie, and Don Rickles Mr. Potato Head.

The high-kicking money-making “Karate Kid” remake is still packing theaters as well. “The Karate Kid” dropped from the top spot to second place, earning $29.8  — bring its two week total to $107 million. “The A-team” battled its way to third with $14.4 million.

The comedy “Get Him to the Greek” landed in fourth with $6 million, and rounding out the top five, the 3D animation “Shrek Forever After” with $5.6 million.

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