LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Frozen 2” remains red hot at the box office. The Disney ice princess sequel set a Thanksgiving record over the weekend. It brought in $85.3 million in the U.S. and Canada – and when you count the Wednesday through Sunday totals, it plowed $132.7 million into Disney’s coffers. So far in its 10 days of domestic release, “Frozen 2” has earned $288 million. Number two on the weekend box office list is “Knives Out,” with $27 million. Third was “Ford v Ferrari” with $13.2 million.
VETERAN SHELLY MORRISON DIES
UNDATED (AP) – Longtime actress Shelly Morrison has died. Her publicist, Lori DeWaal, says Morrison died yesterday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from heart failure. She was 83. Morrison is best known for playing Rosario Salazar, a maid from El Salvador, in the original run of “Will and Grace.” She was part of a cast that won a Screen Actors Guild award for best comedy ensemble. Before that, she played Sister Sixto on “The Flying Nun,” a TV series from 1967 to 1970 that starred Sally Field.
LORI LOUGHLIN’S DAUGHTER POSTS AFTER COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCANDAL
LOS ANGELES (AP) – For the first time in nearly nine months, Lori Loughlin’s daughter has waded back into the social media waters. Olivia Jade Giannulli has posted a new YouTube video under her online name, Olivia Jade. She says while it’s time that she moves on with her life and starts posting again, she won’t talk about the scandal that landed her, her mom and fashion designer dad Mossimo Giannulli in the news. Her parents are accused of paying a half million dollars to get her and her sister recruited for the University of Southern California crew team, though neither of them had ever rowed. It was part of a vast scam in which wealthy parents threw money at schools to get their kids special treatment. The scandal cost Olivia Jade ad deals with cosmetics seller Sephora and the hair products company TRESemme.
GABRIELLE UNION THANKS SUPPORTERS IN WAKE OF REPORTS OF “AGT” FIRING
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Gabrielle Union still hasn’t confirmed reports that she’s been fired from the NBC show “America’s Got Talent.” But she has gone on Twitter to thank those who’ve supported her after hearing the reports. Union says her backers got her “up off the ground” and for that, she says she’s “humbled and thankful, forever.” Union and co-star Julianne Hough were reportedly cut after just one season on “AGT.” Union has complained that the workplace allowed racist jokes and comments – and that judge-producer Simon Cowell would smoke indoors, in violation of California state law.
LEONARDO DiCAPRIO – AMAZON
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio is drawing fire from Brazil’s president – over fires in the Amazon. Jair Bolsonaro says DiCaprio funded nonprofit groups that are partly to blame for the Amazon fires. Bolsonaro’s comments are part of a widespread government campaign against environmental nonprofits operating in Brazil. In a statement to The Associated Press on Friday, DiCaprio says his group Earth Alliance didn’t fund either of the two nonprofits blamed for the fires. It isn’t the first time Brazil’s president has suggested, without evidence, that nonprofits are setting fires in the Amazon to boost donations – or that he has questioned warnings about climate change.
LOUIS C.K. PERFORMS IN ISRAEL
HOLON, Israel (AP) – Louis C.K. says the two years since he was accused in the (hash)MeToo movement were like sitting in a restaurant, eating alone, while someone at another table gives him the finger through the entire meal. The comedian made an appearance in Israel this past Thursday – during which he cracked jokes about the near-destruction of his career. He has acknowledged he engaged in sexual misconduct with a series of women. And when those complaints became public in 2017, his career tanked. He lost TV contracts – and his feature-length film was scuttled. He returned to the stage less than a year later – and is currently on an international tour, which includes several sold-out shows. Some of those shows have attracted protesters.
IMMIGRATION VISA DELAYS – DANCE
ORANGE, Conn. (AP) – While it doesn’t explain the awful performance of former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on “Dancing With the Stars,” some say rules implemented by the Trump administration have hurt the ballroom dancing industry. Connecticut studio owner Chris Sabourin says it’s harder than ever to hire qualified dance instructions from overseas – because their visa applications are stalled or rejected by the feds. Sabourin says while interest in learning dances like the foxtrot and tango has spiked because of shows like Dancing With the Stars, studio owners are hurting because they’re short of professional overseas help. Immigration attorneys say the executive order Trump signed in April, 2017 is one reason for the delays. They say the order has created what they call an “invisible wall” of hurdles that makes it harder for U.S. firms to hire foreigners for jobs they’ve had trouble filling with qualified American applicants.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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