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Depp, Lohan lead movie Web site's 2004 popularity list

Johnny Depp topped IMDB.com's 2004 STARmeter while Lindsay Lohan placed a strong second in the rankings, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The movie resource and database Web site also had Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley and Angelina Jolie rounding out the Top 5 as it unveiled its top 25 movie stars.

The rankings are determined by the site's STARmeter, available since 2001 through its subscription service, which ranks celebrities' popularity among IMDB.com's more than 22-million monthly visitors.

The listings are an aggregate of search and page-view patterns of the site, reflected in weekly rankings. The list is the compilation of the year's data.

Ex-mall owner sues Reynolds, son for breach of contract

The latest docket report has actor Debbie Reynolds and her son, Todd Fisher, being sued in Los Angeles Superior Court by the former owner of a shopping and entertainment complex for allegedly breaching their contract to display Hollywood memorabilia.

Attorneys for TrizecHahn Hollywood say Reynolds promised in June 2001 to house her tchotchkes at the Tinseltown mall. But last March, Reynolds announced plans to move her 3,500 costumes, props, movie posters and photos, worth an estimated $30-million to $50-million, to the Belle Island Village Resort in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

TrizecHahn Hollywood, who want $2-million, also say Reynolds and Fisher never even paid their rent.

Reynolds and company reps could not be reached for comment.

"Open Water' filmmakers survived deadly tsunami

LOS ANGELES _ Married filmmakers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau escaped being pulled into a real-life version of their thriller Open Water when the resort island of Phuket in Thailand was struck by last weekend's tsunami.

"I heard people yelling, "Run, run!' " said Kentis, who wrote and directed the 2003 sleeper hit about two scuba divers stranded in shark-infested waters. "I looked behind me and I thought, "This is what happens in a movie when there's a tidal wave.' You could hear the rumbling and this wave was coming right at us."

Kentis, 41, told the Associated Press by phone Thursday from Singapore that he fled to his upper-story hotel room, where he found his sister-in-law and other relatives.

But at that moment, his wife and 7-year-old daughter, Sabrina, were in a second-floor Internet cafe, trapped by a phone booth lodged in the stairwell.

"I saw the wave come over the street. It just washed away absolutely everything in its path. I just couldn't believe my eyes," said Lau.

Lau, 41, said she pulled about a half-dozen Swedish tourists to safety using a bamboo ladder before using it herself to escape from the cafe's balcony with Sabrina on her back. They reached Kentis by hiking in waist-deep water back to the hotel.

The couple then hiked several miles into the mountains and took minicabs to Phuket's east coast, which Kentis said seemed almost unaffected by the tsunami.

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