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PEOPLE AND ENTERTAINMENT

April 13, 2009|By From Sun news services

'Hannah Montana' scores at the box office

Miley Cyrus and alter ego Hannah Montana have double-teamed their way to another No. 1 box-office debut.

Walt Disney's Hannah Montana: The Movie opened with $34 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. That followed Cyrus' first-place premiere last year with her 3-D concert film.

The movie is a big-screen installment of the Disney Channel series about an ordinary teen living a double life as a pop star.

Hannah Montana drew $17.3 million on Friday for the biggest opening day ever for a G-rated live-action movie.

The previous weekend's box office champ, Fast & Furious, fell to second place with $28.8 million. The street-racing thriller raised its domestic take to $118 million, and distributor Universal said its worldwide total has topped $200 million.

R&B pioneer Cain dies

Randy Cain, a founding member of the soul group the Delfonics, which had such hits as "La La Means I Love You," has died. He was 63.

His death Thursday at his home in Maple Shade, N.J., was confirmed by investigator Rob O'Neal of the Burlington County medical examiner's office, who declined to release further details.

Brothers William and Wilbert Hart and Cain formed the group while attending Philadelphia's Overbrook High in the 1960s. The group, one of the earliest to define the smooth, soulful "Philadelphia sound," won an R&B Grammy in 1970 for their song "Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time."

Cain left the Delfonics in 1971 but returned for a later version of the group.

BIRTHDAYS

Musician Herbie Hancock, 69

Talk show host David Letterman, 62

Country singer Vince Gill, 52

Indigo Girls singer Amy Ray, 45

Actress Shannen Doherty, 38

Actress Claire Danes, 30

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