LOS ANGELES (AP) – Th latest installment in the Harry Potter movie series has made its debut at the top of the box office list. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” captured the number one slot with a $62.2 million opening in North America. While that was plenty to win the weekend, the total is short of that of its predecessor, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” When it was released two years ago, it earned $74 million in its first weekend – and went on to earn $234 million in the U.S. and Canada. Falling from first place to second is “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch,” which took in $38.1 million. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was third.
STEPHEN BALDWIN’S DAUGHTER MARRIES JUSTIN BIEBER
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s been talked about for a while – and now Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are going public with their marriage. The Canadian singer and American model went on Instagram – separately – to break the news to their fans. Last week, Bieber posted a picture of him holding hands with Baldwin with the caption, “My wife is awesome.” And Baldwin changed her Instagram name to Hailey Bieber. Justin is 24; Hailey is 21. They were engaged this summer in the Bahamas, after about a month of dating.
JIM ACOSTA RETURNS TO WHITE HOUSE AFTER COURT REINSTATES HIS HARD PASS
WASHINGTON (AP) – Now that Jim Acosta is back at the White House, covering President Trump, administration officials are trying to crank out new rules for how reporters are to interact with the president and other officials during news conferences. Trump himself says his administration is “writing up rules and regulations” for those covering him. And Trump suggests if journalists won’t follow the rules, others could lose their credentials, even if it sparks another court battle. Trump said he wants “total freedom of the press,” but added “you have to act with respect.”
BARACK OBAMA POPS IN ON WIFE’S BOOK TOUR APPEARANCE
WASHINGTON (AP) – Michelle Obama’s book tour doesn’t need any more star power. But it sure got an extra dose when the former first lady stopped in Washington this past Saturday night. She was joined onstage by her hubby, former President Barack Obama. Introduced as a “special guest,” Obama came out from the wings carrying a bouquet of pink roses for his wife. The audience leapt to its feet, applauding. Former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett moderated the appearance and asked the former president what attracted him to his wife. Barack Obama said he saw Michelle as “one of a kind,” strong and honest and someone he knew he could always count on.
MAN WHO YELLED “HEIL HITLER!, HEIL TRUMP!” EXPLAINS SELF
BALTIMORE (AP) – The man who yelled out “Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!” during a production of “Fiddler on the Roof” at a Baltimore theater says he’s sorry. The Baltimore Sun quotes Anthony M. Derlunas II as saying his comments were “beyond a mistake” – and weren’t meant to be in support of President Trump. He says the play set in a Jewish village in czarist Russia reminded him of Trump’s immigration policies. The outburst caused panic in the theater, with dozens of people fleeing for the exits, fearing an attack was nigh. The scare came a few weeks after a gunman fatally shot 11 people inside a Pittsburgh synagogue.
WILDFIRES SMOTHER RED CARPET AT OSCARS EVENT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The entertainment industry appears to be mindful of the optics of throwing a splashy event while deadly and destructive wildfires sweep through the region. So last night’s Academy’s Governors Awards was understated – with no red-carpet arrivals as is usually the case. Among those presented with honorary Oscars was veteran actress Cicely Tyson. She was nominated once for her 1972 movie “Sounder,” but didn’t win. Tyson has created a solid body of work as an actress – as well as a reputation as a social activist.
ABC ENTERTAINMENT CHIEF LEAVING
LOS ANGELES (AP) – ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey is resigning. Her leave-taking, announced Friday, comes amid re-shuffling among the big players at ABC’s parent firm, Walt Disney. Disney is about to buy 21st Century Fox and with that will come a reorganization of Disney’s TV units, including ABC. Dungey became the first black programming chief for a major broadcast network when she landed the gig in February, 2016. She was the executive who fired Roseanne Barr in the wake of her racist tweet earlier this year.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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