NEW YORK (AP) – It didn’t do as well as expected. But the latest M. Night Shyamalan movie did do what it was expected to do: win the box office race in its debut weekend. “Glass” took in an estimated $40.6 million in ticket sales to capture the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Its studio, Universal, expected Glass to make about $47 million over the four-day weekend. But with poor reviews from critics, it will be hard-pressed to meet its expected numbers. Even so, the four-day total will rank “Glass” as the third best King holiday weekend openings ever, behind only “American Sniper” and “Ride Along.”
BOX OFFICE – “UPSIDE” “DRAGON BALL SUPER: BROLY”
NEW YORK (AP) – There was some box office news that didn’t involve the top movie – and it was made by one movie that produced no surprise and one that was a big surprise. The non-surprise was the continued success of Kevin Hart’s “The Upside.” Though it dropped to number two in its second weekend in theaters, it did take in another $15.7 million, a bleed-off of only 23 percent of its first-week total. The weekend’s biggest surprise was Japanese anime film “Dragon Ball Super: Broly.” It earned an estimated $8.7 million over the weekend from just 1,250 North American theaters – and $19.5 million since opening Wednesday. The result caught Hollywood off guard.
“GREEN BOOK” WINS ANOTHER PRE-OSCAR AWARD
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – The road-trip movie “Green Book” is picking up more momentum as the Academy Awards nominations draw ever closer. The movie took the top honor at the Producers Guild Awards. In doing so, it sped past other presumed Oscar front-runners like “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther” and “Roma.” Accepting the award, director Peter Farrelly mentioned one of his less-serious films, telling the audience, “When you make ‘Dumb and Dumber’ you never expect to get an award.” He said not only was it his first Producers Guild Awards, it was the first time he had ever heard of them.
WENDY WILLIAMS TAKING LEAVE FROM SHOW FOR HEALTH REASONS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Wendy Williams’ family says the talk show host really wants to go back to work. But for now, she needs to focus on her “personal and physical well-being.” The family says Williams must spend “significant time” in the hospital being treated for complications from Graves’ disease. She was to return to her show last week, after healing from a December shoulder fracture. This week, the show will air reruns – and after that will feature guest hosts.
KEVIN SPACEY ACCUSER SPEAKS OUT
NEW YORK (AP) – Actor Anthony Rapp said he decided to come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey because he feared the assaults could “keep happening” if he said nothing. The actor spoke about his situation last week as he took to the red carpet for the start of the second season of his streaming series, “Star Trek Discovery.” Rapp says he hopes by going public with the allegations against Spacey, he hope he had done his part to “change the culture” on sexual misconduct. In 2018, Rapp claimed Spacey made an unwanted sexual advance on him during a house party in 1986. At the time Rapp was 14 and Spacey, 26. Rapp sought legal counsel at the time, but no charges were filed.
R. KELLY SAID TO HAVE BEEN DROPPED BY RECORD LABEL
NEW YORK (AP) – Has R. Kelly been dropped by his record label? Nothing has been made official. But multiple news outlets report Sony Music has dropped the singer from its roster. Reps for Sony and RCA Records haven’t responded to emails seeking comment on the situation. If the ouster from his recording deal turns out to be true, it would be the latest blow to the singer’s career since Lifetime aired “Surviving R. Kelly” a documentary series that raised longstanding allegations about his sexual dealings with young women and girls. Since the series aired, Lady Gaga and Celine Dion removed their duets with R. Kelly from streaming services. R. Kelly has denied all the allegations against him.
R. KELLY – MAN ACCUSED OF ISSUING THREAT TURNS SELF IN
MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) – Authorities in Georgia say a man who threatened a father who accuses R. Kelly of misconduct has turned himself in. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office says Henry James Mason turned himself in Friday morning – after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest on charges of terroristic threats and acts. Mason is now free on bond. A police report from May says Timothy Savage told police Mason had called and threatened to kill him. Savage said he has been trying to reach his daughter – and told police R. Kelly was holding her.
METROPOLITAN OPERA PITCHES IN TO HELP FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WORKERS
NEW YORK (AP) – The Metropolitan Opera says it’s looking to help federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown. It is offering free tickets to people with government IDs – through the end of the month. The arrangement for tickets began on Saturday. Tickets can be reserved in advance by phone or in person at the Met box office.
PRINCE PHILIP – ACCIDENT
LONDON (AP) – British police have spoken with Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II – this after he was spotted apparently driving without a seatbelt. Photos of Philip, who is 97, appearing not to have been buckled up – appeared just two days after he was involved in a serious car crash. Police in Norfolk say “suitable words of advice” were given to Prince Philip. Buckingham Palace didn’t comment. Philip passed a vision test Saturday as part of the investigation into the accident.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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