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Weekend moviegoers flock to "Meet the Fockers'

The horror of meeting the in-laws beat out the fright flick at theaters this weekend, reports the Associated Press.

Meet the Fockers remained the top movie for the third straight weekend, holding off the horror newcomer White Noise, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The comedy sequel to Meet the Parents reunites Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro as prospective in-laws with a shaky relationship, adding Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand to the cast as Stiller's zany parents.

Critics hated White Noise, which stars Michael Keaton as a man convinced his dead wife is trying to communicate with him through his television.

Critics embraced Clint Eastwood'sMillion Dollar Baby and Terry George'sHotel Rwanda. Million Dollar Baby, scheduled to open in Tampa Bay area theaters late this month, stars Eastwood as mentor to a strong-willed boxer (Hilary Swank). Hotel Rwanda features Don Cheadle as a real-life hotel manager who sheltered refugees during the 1990s Rwandan genocide.

Julia Roberts acquires a little New Mexico elbow room

With newly born twins, it looks like Julia Roberts needs some extra space.

The actor has bought 32 acres of Taos, N.M., real estate from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, People magazine reports.

According to the magazine, since taking up part-time residence in New Mexico in 1995, Roberts has bought other pieces of property adjacent to hers. The plot purchased from Rumsfeld in an area of Taos known as Des Montes neighbors the 80 acres Roberts already owns.

Rumsfeld, though, still owns other real estate holdings in Taos, including several houses.

Roberts, 37, and her husband Danny Moder, 35, gave birth to twins Hazel Patricia and Phinnaeus Walter Moder on Nov. 28. The couple were married at her Taos home in 2002.

_ From Times wires

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