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Hefner to wed

Hugh Hefner and Playmate Crystal Harris. Hugh Hefner and Playmate Crystal Harris. (Matt Sayles/AP/File)
December 27, 2010

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At 84, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner is getting married again. No kidding. The twice-married Hef announced his engagement to 24-year-old Crystal Harris on Saturday, posting the news on Twitter. “When I gave Crystal the ring, she burst into tears. This is the happiest Christmas weekend in memory,’’ he tweeted. Hefner, whose magazine was founded in 1953, was divorced from his second wife, Kimberley Conrad, earlier this year. His first marriage to Mildred Williams ended in divorce in 1959. Harris was the Playboy Playmate of the Month for December 2009.

‘Little Fockers’ big at box office

Despite the holidays and a fierce snowstorm, “Little Fockers’’ did decent business at the weekend box office, finishing No. 1. The third installment of the Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro series of in-law comedy earned $34 million over the three-day weekend, and $48.3 million since opening on Wednesday, according to studio estimates yesterday. That was less than the debut of the 2004 sequel, “Meet the Fockers,’’ which opened to $46.1 million, but more than the original, “Meet the Parents,’’ which made $28.6 million in its opening weekend. Overall, it was a down weekend for Hollywood, which saw “Gulliver’s Travels’’ open with a weak two-day gross of $7.2 million, and last week’s top film, the 3-D sci-fi sequel “Tron: Legacy,’’ fall more than 54 percent to $20.1 million on the weekend, and a total of $88.3 million. The big success was the Coen Brothers’ “True Grit,’’ which was the No. 2 film of the weekend with a better-than-expected $25.6 million, and a five-day gross of $36.8 million. The movie gave Joel and Ethan Coen their best opening weekend ever. Mark Wahlberg’s biopic of “Irish’’ Micky Ward, “The Fighter,’’ added $8.8 million to its three-week total of $27.6 million.