NEW YORK (AP) – “Night School” has made the grade. For the first time in more than two years, a full-blown comedy movie has made it to the top of the box office list. The movie starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish took in $28 million in ticket sales. Not since “The Boss” topped the box office in April of 2016, has a straight-on comedy ruled the box office. Meanwhile, the animated movie “Smallfoot” came in second with $23 million. That’s bad news for Warner Bros. since the movie cost about $80 million to make. Finishing third over the weekend is last weekend’s top film, “The House With a Clock in Its Walls.”
KAVANAUGH HEARING – RATINGS
NEW YORK (AP) – Last week’s riveting and explosive hearing during which Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who claims he sexually assaulted her when they were in high school was a ratings winner. More than 20 million people tuned in to hear testimony before the Senate Judiciary Hearing, with the audience spread among six TV networks. Christine Blasey (BLAH’-zee) Ford told the panel she is 100 percent certain Kavanaugh groped her and tried to remove her clothes at a high school party. Kavanaugh said he is equally certain it didn’t happen.
OLD VIC TAKES STEPS TO ERADICATE HARASSMENT, BULLYING
LONDON (AP) – Just about a year ago, Britain’s Old Vic Theater became a focal point for the (hash)MeToo movement. And now the London theater company is trying taking steps to be a leader in wiping out sexual harassment and other workplace abuses. It says it has joined forces with 20 cultural organizations to appoint workplace “guardians.” Those specially trained staffers would be a first line of defense against workplace issues. The theater company was once led by actor Kevin Spacey, who served as its artistic director. He is accused of sexual misconduct by several men in the United States. Police in the U.S. and the U.K. are investigating.
PRESIDENT TRUMP – SNL
NEW YORK (AP) – He says he didn’t watch it. But that didn’t keep President Donald Trump from giving a bad review to the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live.” The president tweeted yesterday that he skipped the show because it’s “no longer funny” and declared that the Emmy-winning NBC broadcast serves as “a political ad for the Dems.” But Trump also embraced someone on the show who supports him: musical guest Kanye West. The rapper wore a “Make America Great Again” cap – and gave an impromptu pro-Trump speech after the credits rolled. Trump says he heard West “was great” and declared that the rapper “is leading the charge” for him.
FALLEN POLICE BARRIER SCARES AUDIENCE AT NYC EVENT
NEW YORK (AP) – Imagine being in a large crowd and hearing what you thought were gunshots. That’s what happened to some of the people attending a celebrity music show in Central Park this past Saturday. About 60,000 people were on hand at the park’s Great Lawn for the Global Citizen Festival – where musicians like John Legend and Janet Jackson joined lawmakers and other activists to urge people to get involved in politics. Just before 8 p.m., a police barrier topped over, causing a sound that spooked many spectators. Authorities quickly assured the crowd that no shots had been fired – and that no one was in danger.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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