LOS ANGELES (AP) – Turkeys weren’t the only things that ended up stuffed over the Thanksgiving weekend. So were box office cash registers – with money from the two movies making their debut over the long weekend. Finishing at the top of the list is “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” The sequel to “Wreck-It Ralph” earned an estimated $55.7 million over the three-day weekend and $84.5 million since the five-day holiday weekend began Wednesday. “Creed II” finished second. The Rocky spinoff starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, placed second with $35.3 million from the weekend. The take for the five-day period was $55.8 million. Third place went to “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch.”
“MORNING JOE” HOSTS WED
NEW YORK (AP) – The next time you see Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on “Morning Joe,” you won’t be looking at just co-hosts – but at a husband and wife. The MSNBC broadcasters got hitched over the weekend. The network, confirming a report by Vanity Fair, says they tied the knot Saturday in a small ceremony attended by family and friends in Washington. Officiating was Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland. It’s Scarborough’s third marriage and Brzezinski’s second.
BILL SHINE – FOX
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) – He currently works as White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications. But Bill Shine is still getting paid by Fox News Channel. A new financial disclosure report says he got $8.4 million in severance from 21st Century, Fox’s parent company. And the network owes him millions more. Shine joined the Trump administration earlier this year. He resigned as head of Fox News amid questions over his handling of sexual harassment and discrimination allegations that led to the departures of CEO Roger Ailes and Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly.
MOVIE PROP POLICE CAR SWIPED
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – It was a prop for a movie being shot in Philadelphia. But for a while on Thanksgiving Day, there was a real-life drama surrounding a bullet-ridden New York City police cruiser being used in the upcoming movie “17 Bridges.” Police say they spotted the cruiser, which had a broken windshield along with the bullet holes, being driven along a city expressway. When they tried to pull the vehicle over, the driver fled. The cruiser was later found abandoned – and determined to have been swiped from where the movie is being shot.
RICKY JAY – OBIT
NEW YORK (AP) – A magician who was both an actor and a historian of oddball entertainers has died. Ricky Jay was 72 when he died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles on Saturday. Jay appeared in several films and TV series. He played a cameraman in “Boogie Nights.” He was also in “Magnolia” and “Tomorrow Never Dies.” And he was as a consultant on “Ocean’s Thirteen” and “Forrest Gump.” Jay also collected books on unusual entertainers and performers dating back hundreds of years.
MEGHAN MARKLE, PRINCE HARRY MOVE
LONDON (AP) – It’s something many couples do after they get married and before their first child arrives: move to the ‘burbs. Meghan Markle and her hubby Prince Harry are leaving Kensington Palace in London to move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, about 20 miles west of London. Officials say the couple will move early next year. The couple is expecting their first child in the spring. Windsor Castle is one of Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite homes. It is surrounded by horse country where she used to ride often in her younger days, and she’s known to prefer the castle to Buckingham Palace, her official residence.
WOODS-MICKELSON MATCH – REFUNDS
UNDATED (AP) – They didn’t get what they paid for – so they are getting back what they paid. B/R Live is offering refunds to those who had technical difficulties during the head-to-head match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson on Friday. Charter Spectrum, Cox Communications, Dish/Sing and AT&T/DirecTV also say they will issue refunds. Technical difficulties marred the event, which was billed as golf’s first pay-per-view broadcast. Some viewers were unable to see the match on their TV’s after paying $19.95. Turner and Bleacher Report reps sent links out on social media to let people stream the match for free on their computers and mobile devices. Mickelson won the winner-takes-all match Woods to win $9 million.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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