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Closing act: Tough times forcing iconic stages to close
(With Dan Rivoli)
27K expected to participate in this year's NYC Veterans Day Parade
When: Parade kicks off Monday around 11:25 a.m. and goes until around 3:30 p.m., rain or shine; opening ceremony begins at around 10 a.m.
Where: Route runs north along Fifth Avenue from 26th Street to 56th Street; opening ceremony is at the Eternal Light Monument at Fifth Avenue and 24th Street.
Cheap$kate -- Free events in NYC this week
BY ROZANNE GELBINOVICH
BY HAL BIENSTOCK
Dylan Fest request: “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine”
If you go: Dylan Fest NYC is Monday and Tuesday at 9 p.m at Bowery Ballroom,
6 Delancey St., 212-533-2111, $25.
Schumer: USDA taking steps to let China export chickens for sale in the U.S.
USDA spokesman Aaron Lavallee denied that the USDA found China’s poultry slaughter system equivalent to the U.S.’s. He added that the audit on China’s food-safety system is part of the department’s obligation to review requests from foreign countries to export products to the U.S.
Neil Patrick Harris out and about with pal in NYC
BY JULIE GORDON
Friends’ night out!
Neil Patrick Harris took in opening night of “La Soirée” at the Union Square Theater on Thursday night followed by dinner with a gal pal at Manon in the Meatpacking District.
According to our spy, the pair enjoyed a variety of appetizers as well as carrot cake and glasses of Sancerre Chavignol.
Richie Incognito opens up about alleged hazing on Fox
BY IVAN PEREIRA
Expectant mom Drew Barrymore honored at Baby 2 Baby Gala
A bevy of haute mamas gathered to help families in need at this weekend’s Baby 2 Baby Gala.
Drew Barrymore, who is expecting her second child with hubby Will Kopelman, was honored with an award for her dedication to the nonprofit, which supplies families with essential baby and kids’ clothing and gear. Looking radiant in a short-sleeved floral-print Tory Burch gown, Barrymore attended the swanky event with Kopelman.
Jessica Alba, Rachel Zoe, Julie Bowen, Nicole Richie and Busy Phillips — who are moms, too �� were also at the gala, held at the Book Bindery in Los Angeles. The guest list also included Rebecca Romijn and hubby Jerry O’Connell, Rosie Huntington-Whitley and Molly Sims.
Samantha Ronson DJ’d.
A driver was killed early Sunday morning when his car crashed and went up in flames in the Bronx.
Cops said the sole occupant of a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo drove southbound on Broadway at West 240 Street around 12:15 a.m., where he slammed into an elevated train pillar and caught fire.
The unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene with burns throughout his body.
How you can help victims of the Philippine typhoon
BY IVAN PEREIRA
Marvel's 'Thor' soars to top of box office
Marvel superhero Thor pounded his box office competitors over the weekend, muscling movie sequel "Thor: The Dark World" to the top of U.S. and Canadian charts with a hefty $86.1 million in debut ticket sales.
The 3D film starring Chris Hemsworth trounced last week's top movies. Raunchy comedy "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" finished in second place with $11.3 million from Friday through Sunday, according to Hollywood.com.
"Free Birds," the 3D movie featuring the voices of Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson as turkeys who team up and travel back in time to get turkey off Thanksgiving dinner plates, earned the No. 3 slot with $11.2 million, just ahead of senior citizen buddy comedy "Last Vegas" which took in $11.1 million.
"Thor: The Dark World" also hauled in $94 million from international markets, where the movie began playing on October 30, distributor Walt Disney Co said. IMAX showings added another $11 million globally, and its combined global sales through Sunday reached $327 million.
The new "Thor" installment co-stars Natalie Portman as the love interest for Thor, the mighty god of thunder who battles to save his homeland of Asgard from evil forces. Tom Hiddleston plays Thor's villainous brother Loki.
"Thor 2" fell a bit short of industry forecasts that it would kick off with up to $92 million at North American (U.S. and Canadian) theaters. But the sequel opened stronger than the original movie, which debuted with $65.7 million in May 2011.
16-year-old boy in police custody after Bryant Park shooting: NYPD
BY DAN RIVOLI
“We are cooperating fully with authorities, who agree that it is safe to reopen,” the Facebook message said.
At press time, no charges had been filed.