NEW YORK (AP) – Moviegoers were ready for Freddie – and then some. The Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the box office champ. The movie starring Rami Malek as the late Queen lead singer took in $50 million over the weekend in North America – with another $72.5 million in overseas ticket sales. That’s well beyond the expectations for the movie, which overcame both production problems and lukewarm reviews. What the movie may have lacked in polish it made up with music, giving newer Queen fans an opportunity to see Queen perform without relying on old music videos and YouTube clips. The movie has a concert-like feel to it – and features a lengthy re-creation of the band’s 1985 Live Aid performance.
PETE DAVIDSON, ARIANA GRANDE GO PUBLIC WITH BREAKUP TALK
NEW YORK (AP) – And you thought the pairing of comedian Pete Davidson and pop star Ariana Grande was kind of awkward – the breakup is proving to be just as cringeworthy. Both addressed their decoupling over the weekend – in vastly different ways. Davidson talked about the split on his show, “Saturday Night Live.” He spoke highly of Grande, calling her a “wonderful, strong person.” Meanwhile Grande seemed to downplay her relationship with Davidson, lumping him together with some of her other exes in a song she released over the weekend. The title of the song: “Thank U, Next.”
LATINA CELEBRITIES – VOTING
MIAMI (AP) – A group of Latina celebrities hit the streets of Miami over the weekend, urging people to flock to the polls when they open tomorrow. Among those heading up the get-out-the-vote drive were Eva Longoria, Rosario Dawson, Zoe Saldana, America Ferrera and Gina Rodriguez. They marched through the streets of Little Havana, leading hundreds in the rally. Longoria says as a celebrity the most important thing she could do – is to urge other citizens to get out and vote. Ferrera says the more Americans who vote on Election Day, the better democracy will work.
ALEC BALDWIN DENIES PUNCHING CLAIM
NEW YORK (AP) – Alec Baldwin is denying a claim that he punched a guy over a New York City parking spot. The actor and game show host was arrested Friday and charged with assault and harassment over the incident. Police say a man who tried to park his vehicle in front of the Baldwin family home in Manhattan said Baldwin socked him after claiming the spot was being held by a family member. In a tweet through his foundation, Baldwin says the claim he punched anyone over a parking spot “is false.” He said the charges against him are part of an effort to drag him into what he calls “clickbait entertainment.”
BOYFRIEND OF REALITY TV STAR KILLED IN ATLANTA
ATLANTA (AP) – Authorities in Atlanta say the ex-boyfriend of one of the stars of the reality TV show “Growing Up Hip Hop” has been killed. A police statement says a man was shot several times Saturday after an argument at a house. The victim is identified as 37-year-old Sutton Tennyson. He was the ex of Angela Simmons – daughter of Joseph Simmons of Run DMC. He was also the father of Angela Simmons’ son. In an Instagram post, Simmons posted a photo of Tennyson holding their son – and thanked him for their greatest gift. Police say no arrests have been made in the case.
REALITY TV STAR PLEADS OUT CASE STEMMING FROM HOTEL SCUFFLE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – One of the stars of MTV reality TV shows “16 & Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” has pleaded out a case that stems from a dustup with security at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. Farrah Abraham has pleaded guilty to a charge of resisting police. The plea, entered Friday, means Abraham will be sentenced to two years’ probation and five days of community labor. Abraham was arrested in June after a security guard complained she hit him when he asked her to leave the hotel’s lounge. The request was made because other guests complained. Under terms of the plea deal, a misdemeanor charge of battery was dropped.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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