LOS ANGELES (AP) – “The Predator” has gotten the better of its rivals at the box office. It’s the nation’s top movie after its first weekend in theaters, taking in $24 million. That’s the good news. The not-so-encouraging news is that the $24 million box office take barely makes a dent in the movie’s $88 million production budget. That means foreign ticket sales will have to help make up the difference. So far, that has happened. During its first weekend, Predator earned $30.7 million from 72 foreign lands, bringing its global one-week total to $54.7 million.
Dropping to second is last week’s top movie, “The Nun,” followed by “A Simple Favor,” “White Boy Rick” and “Crazy Rich Asians.”
“GREEN BOOK” WINS TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL AWARD
NEW YORK (AP) – “Green Book” may not be on your movie-watching radar just yet. But it probably will be. It has won the Toronto International Film Festival’s audience award. And because that’s one of the most closely watched awards, it’s likely to get serious of Oscar buzz once it’s released. In the past decade, every Toronto People’s Choice winner has scored a Oscars best-picture nod. The Peter Farrelly movie stars Mahershala Ali as a classical pianist on a concert tour of the Deep South in the 1960s. His driver gets him through the region with the help of “The Green Book” – a guide to African-American-friendly hotels and restaurants at a time such public accommodations were sorely lacking due to racial discrimination.
EMMYS ARE TONIGHT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Waking up wondering who won the Emmys last night? Don’t worry – you didn’t miss anything. The 70th annual awards weren’t on. NBC pushed the show back so it could air Sunday Night Football instead. As for potential winners, expect “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Game of Thrones” to dominate among dramas. “GOT” wasn’t eligible for the Emmys last year – but is back now. For comedy series, “Atlanta” and “Insecure” are expected to take advantage of the absence of “Veep,” which ended last year. It won five Emmys for best series.
JULIE CHEN RETURNS TO TV
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Julie Chen hasn’t publicly said what she thinks about her husband, Les Moonves, who left as CEO of CBS after sexual misconduct allegations. But she seems to be tipping her hand with a subtle change in the way she ended last week’s episode of “Big Brother.” As she signed off Thursday, she said, “From outside the ‘Big Brother’ house, I’m Julie Chen Moonves. Good night.” Usually, she just says Julie Chen. She didn’t address the Moonves issue otherwise. And a message seeking comment from her manager wasn’t immediately returned.
SOON-YI PREVIN WRITES IN SUPPORT OF HUSBAND WOODY ALLEN
NEW YORK (AP) – Soon-Yi Previn – the wife of Woody Allen – is speaking publicly about her life for the first time in a bit. And she is defending her husband from what she says is unfair treatment in the (hash)MeToo era. Previn tells her story in New York magazine. She says she had a troubled relationship with her adoptive mom, Mia Farrow, who was dating Allen at the time. Previn says Farrow treated her like a maid – and she ended up in a relationship with Allen in 1992. She denies Allen manipulated her into that relationship. Previn says she’s speaking out now because Dylan Farrow, Allen’s adopted daughter, accuses Allen of sexually abusing her as a child. Previn calls the allegations “upsetting” and “unjust.”
NEW YORK CITY BALLET FIRES TWO DANCERS IN NUDE PIX SCANDAL
NEW YORK (AP) – Two dancers have been fired from the New York City Ballet. The organization says principal dancers Amar Ramasar and Zachary Catarazo took part in “inappropriate communications.” They and a third dancer, Chase Finlay, are accused of being part of a ring of male dancers who took and shared explicit videos and photos of women. The firings come after a woman who dated Finlay sued the ballet. In her suit, she claimed the City Ballet tolerated a “fraternity-like atmosphere” where male dancers felt they could “degrade, demean, mistreat and abuse” women without consequence.
PETER DONAT – OBIT
NEW YORK (AP) – Actor Peter Donat has died. His son tells The Associated Press his dad died a week ago from complications from diabetes at his home in California. The Canadian-born performer is best known for playing Agent Fox Mulder’s dad in “The X-Files.” He also had guest roles on “Murder, She Wrote,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Hill Street Blues” and “The F.B.I.” Donat was also in the movies “The Godfather Part II” and “Tucker: The Man and His Dream.” Peter Donat was 90.
PUSSY RIOT MEMBER BEING TREATED IN GERMANY
BERLIN (AP) – A member of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot is now being treated in Berlin. Pyotr Verziloz, was flown to the German capital over the weekend. Members of the group say their fellow activist was poisoned in Russia. Four members of the group served 15-day jail sentences for running onto the field during the World Cup in Moscow back in July. The protest briefly disrupted the match.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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