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Winchester Star (Newspaper) - April 21, 2014, Winchester, Virginia THE WINCHESTER STAR S P E C TATO R M O N DAY, APRIL 21, 2014 A7 ‘ Capt. America ’ top film for third week By SANDY COHEN AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES — Captain America continues to vanquish box office foes, triumphing in ticket sales for the third consecutive week and dominating over megastar Johnny Depp ’ s new movie. “ Captain America: The Winter Soldier ” added another $ 26 million to its coffers, according to studio estimates Sunday, while Depp ’ s scifi thriller, “ T ranscendence, ” opened in fourth place with $ 11 million. Directed by longtime Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister, the Warner Bros. film is Depp ’ s third consecutive box office disappointment. He played Tonto in last summer ’ s “ The Lone Ranger ”— one of the biggest flops of 2013 — and starred in 2012 ’ s comedy- horror dud, “ Dark Shadows. ” “ As we approach the summer movie season, box- office drawing power becomes more about the concept of the movie rather than its star, ” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box- office tracker Rentrak. “ It may not have been so much ( about) Johnny Depp, but audiences right now like brands that they know. ” That doesn ’ t bode well for original ideas, such as “ T ranscend e n c e, ” penned by first- time screenwriter Jack Paglen. Dergarabedian notes that 12 sequels are expected this summer alone. Another new movie, the religious- themed “ Heaven Is for Real, ” debuted in third place over Easter weekend, while another sequel, “ Rio 2, ” held on to the second spot. Faith- based films are performing well, Dergarabedian said, with four releases in the domestic top 20. “ The Winter Soldier ” set a boxoffice record as the biggest April release ever when it opened with more than $ 96 million domestically. Starring Chris Evans as comic book hero Capt. America and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, the Disney release has earned more than $ 200 million to date in North America — the 12th Marvel film to do so. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U. S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak, are below. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released today. l 1. “ Captain America: The Winter Soldier, ” $ 26.6 million ($ 35.3 million international). l 2. “ Rio 2, ” $ 22.5 million ($ 48 million international). l 3. “ Heaven is for Real, ” $ 21.5 million. l 4. “ Transcendence, ” $ 11.2 million ($ 17.4 million international). l 5. “ A Haunted House 2, ” $ 9.1 million. l 6. “ Draft Day, ” $ 5.9 million. l 7. “ Divergent, ” $ 5.75 million ($ 18.1 million international). l 8. “ Oculus, ” $ 5.2 million. l 9. “ Noah, ” $ 5 million ($ 21.6 million international). l 10. “ God ’ s Not Dead, ” $ 4.8 million. ZADE ROSENTHAL / The Associated Press Scarlett Johansson is shown in the film “ Captain America: The Winter Soldier, ” which topped box office sales for the third week. RICH PEDRONCELLI / The Associated Press Former boxer Rubin “ Hur ricane ” Carter holds up the writ of habeas corpus that freed him from prison during a news conference Jan. 29, 2004, in Sacramento, Calif. Carter, who spent almost 20 years in jail after twice being convicted of a triple murder he denied committing, died at his home in Toronto on Sunday. Boxer ‘ Hurricane ’ Carter dies at 76 By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Rubi n “ Hur r i c ane ” Car ter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76. He had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey nat iv e ’ s adopted home. John Artis, a longtime friend and caregiver, told The Canadian Press that Carter died in his sleep. Carter spent 19 years in prison for three murders at a tavern in Paterson, N. J., in 1966. He was convicted alongside Artis in 1967 and again in a new trial in 1976. Car ter was freed in November 1985 when his convictions were set aside after years of appeals and public advocacy. His ordeal and the alleged racial motivations behind it were publicized in Bob Dylan ’ s 1975 song “ Hur ricane, ” s everal books and a 1999 film starring Denzel Washington, who received an Academy Award nomination for playing the boxer turned prisoner. Car ter ’ s murder convictions abruptly ended the boxing career of a former petty criminal who became a n u n d e r s i z e d mi ddleweight contender largely on ferocity and punching power. Although never a world champion, Carter went 27- 12- 1 with 19 knockouts, memorably stopping two- division champ Emile Griffith in the first round in 1963. He a l so foug h t for a mi ddleweight title in 1964, losing a unanimous decision to Joey Giardello. In June 1966, three white people were shot by two black men at the Lafayette Bar and Grill in Paterson. Carter and Artis were convicted by an all- white jury largely on the testimony of two thieves who later recanted their stories. Car ter was granted a new trial and briefly freed in 1976, but sent back for nine more years after being convicted in a second trial. Thom Kidrin, who became friends with Carter after visiting him several times in prison, told The Associated Press the boxer “ didn ’ t have any bitterness or anger — he kind of got above it all. That was his great strength. ” “ I wouldn ’ t give up, ” Carter said in an interview on PBS in 2011. “ No matter that they sentenced me to three life terms in prison. I woul dn ’ t give up. Just because a jur y of 12 misinformed people . . . found me guilty did not make me guilty. And because I was not guilty, I refused to act like a guilty person. ” Dylan became aware of Car ter ’ s plight after reading the boxer ’ s autobiography. He met Carter and co- wrote “ Hur ricane, ” which he performed on his Rolling Thunder Revue tour in 1975. The song concludes: “ That ’ s the story of the Hurricane/ But it won ’ t be over till they clear his name/ And give him back the time he ’ s done/ Put him in a prison cell but one time he could- a been/ The champion of the world. ” Muhammad Ali spoke out on Carter ’ s behalf. Adver t i sing ar t d i r ector George Lois and other celebrities also worked toward Carter ’ s release. With a network of friends and volunteers also advocating for him, Carter eventually won his release from U. S. Dis t r i c t Judge H. Lee Sarokin, who wrote that Car ter ’ s prosecution had been “ predicated upon an appeal to racism rather than reason, and concealment rather than disclosure. ” Born on May 6, 1937, into a family of seven children, Carter struggled with a hereditary speech impediment and was sent to a juvenile reform center at 12 after an assault. He escaped and joined the Army in 1954, experiencing racial segregation and learning to box while in West Germany. Carter then committed a series of muggings after returning home, spending four years in various state prisons. He began his pro boxing career in 1961 after his release, winning 20 of his first 24 fights mostly by stoppage. Carter was fairly short for a middleweight at 5- foot- 8, but he was aggressive and threw a lot of punches. His shaved head and menacing glower gave him an imposing ring presence, but also contributed to a menacing aura outside the ring. He was quoted as joking about killing police officers in a 1964 story in the Saturday Evening Post, which was later cited by Carter as a cause of his troubles with police. Carter boxed regularly on television at Madison Square Garden and overseas in London, Paris and Johannesburg. Although his career appeared to be on a downswing before he was implicated in the murders, Carter was hoping for a second middleweight title shot. Carter and Artis were questioned after being spotted in the area of the murders in Carter ’ s white car, which vaguely matched witnesses ’ descriptions. Both cited alibis and were released, but were arrested months later. A case relying largely on the testimony of thieves Alfred Bello and Arthur Bradley resulted in a conviction in June 1967. Carter defied his prison guards from the first day of his incarceration, spending time in solitary confinement because of it. “ When I walked into prison, I refused to wear their stripes, ” Carter said. “ I refused to eat their food. I refused to work their jobs, and I would have refused to breathe the prison ’ s air if I could have done so. ” Carter eventually wrote and spoke eloquently about his plight, publishing his autobiography, “ The Sixteenth Ro und , ” in 1974. Benefit concerts were held for his legal defense. After his release, Carter moved to Toronto, where he served as the executive director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted from 1993 to 2005. He received two honorar y doctorates for his work. Car ter ’ s papers will be s e n t t o t h e R u b i n Carter/ John Artiz Innocence International Project at Tufts University outside Boston, Kidrin said. Director Norman Jewison made Carter ’ s story into a well- reviewed biographical film, with Washington working closely alongside Carter to capture the boxer ’ s transformation and redemption. Washington won a Golden Globe for the role. The Associated Press Rubin “ Hur ricane ” Carter ( right) and Italian boxer Fabio Bettini pose after a fight in Paris on Feb. 23, 1965. ~ Just because a jury of 12 misinfor med people ... found me guilty did not make me guilty. And because I was not guilty, I refused to act like a guilty person. — Rubin Carter Wrongly convicted former boxer ‘ Dick and Jane ’ artwork for sale BROOKLINE AUCTION GALLERY / The Associated Press This photo shows a watercolor by Robert Childress and photos of the model used to paint it. The portrait is of Dick of the Dick and Jane series of books. By The Associated Press BROOKLINE, N. H. — In the portrait, the little boy ’ s blue eyes twinkle as he looks straight ahead. His apple cheeks shine. There ’ s a gap in his teeth, and his reddish- brown hair is just slightly tousled. He ’ s an All- American boy. He ’ s Dick, of the illustrated “ Dick and Jane ” se - ries that helped teach generations to read from the 1930s to the 1970s. He ’ s also Nancy Childress ’ childhood neighbor and the model for the drawing by her father, Robert Childress, that along with Jane, Sally, Spot and others brought the pages of the reader to life. Nancy Childress is selling her father ’ s artwork at auction in New Hampshire at the end of April. Along with Dick, there are other portraits, black- and- white drawings of John F. and Jackie Kennedy and offerings from his collection of pastel paintings. “ As an artist, there were many illustrators during the time my father was working, ” said Nancy Childress, who lives in Gilmanton. “ This was the day of the illustrator. What ’ s different about my father ’ s illustrations is that most could either do landscape or people, and he had the uncanny ability to do both equally well. ” Childr ess ’ realism will remind the viewer immediately of Norman Rockwell ’ s illustrations and that ’ s not a complete coincidence: The two were friends. Nancy Childress said her father, who retired to Warner and died in 1983, never took an art class, learning to paint with a set given to him as a gift from an aunt and uncle before he was 10. And he didn ’ t just use the neighbor boy as a model for the series that he illustrated during the 1950s and ’ 60s: Nancy was Sally, her sister Susan became Jane and their mother was also one of Robert Childress ’ inspirations. “ We loved it, ” she said. “ My sister and I loved getting into costumes. And he would always include us. He would ask us, ‘ What do you think of this? ’ ” Auctioneer Ronald Pelletier of Brookline Auction Galler y said he is most struck by how multidisciplined Childress was. “ I mean, the man could work in any medium, ” he said. The live online auction will be held April 30. For Showtime info call 540.313.4060 or visit drafthouse. com/ winchester Located on Rt 11 near I- 81 , Exit 310 Brand Ne • w Movies Matinees • Every Day Stadium• Seating Food & Drinks Available ;