LOS ANGELES (AP) – There’s a new movie at the top of the box office chart. “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” is number one with $44.1 million in its first weekend in theaters. Even better are its international numbers. The movie has already earned more than $100 million worldwide. Number two is last week’s list-topper, “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” It took in $28.8 million in its second weekend. But it also posted one of the steeper second-week drops among Marvel-themed movies. Number three over the weekend is Dwayne Johnson’s “Skyscraper,” which earned $25.5 million over the weekend.
SCARLETT JOHANSSON PULLS OUT OF “RUB & TUG”
NEW YORK (AP) – The backlash over Scarlett Johansson playing a transgender man in a movie has led to her decision to back out of the project. She is ditching plans for a key role in “Rub & Tug” – because of continued complaints about the casting decision. Johansson released a statement to Out.com saying she is quitting the role “in light of recent ethical questions” about casting herself as Dante “Tex” Gill, born a woman but who identified as a man. Johansson did herself no favors with her initial response to the criticism. In her original statement, she said the criticism aimed at her should rightfully to go other cisgender actors who have played trans characters.
DOWNTON ABBEY – MOVIE
NEW YORK (AP) – A popular import TV show is about to make the leap from the flat-screen to the big screen. There’s confirmation that “Downton Abbey” will be released as a movie. Focus Features says work on the movie will begin this summer. The man who created the series wrote the screenplay – and will help produce the movie. It’s been three years since “Downton Abbey” went off the air after becoming a global hit. It aired in at least 150 countries and set a record for non-U.S. TV shows with 69 Emmy nods.
CHRIS HARDWICK TO BE REPLACED DURING MISCONDUCT CLAIMS
NEW YORK (AP) – Yvette Nicole Brown will be filling as guest host for “The Walking Dead” and “Talking Dead” – as AMC continues to look into claims against her predecessor. The network says Brown will serve as “interim guest host” of the two shows. She’s been in the NBC comedy “Community.” Previous host Chris Hardwick acknowledged an online post from an ex-girlfriend accuses him of sexual assault and emotional abuse. He denies the allegations, though he notes their relationship was imperfect and included arguments.
NANCY SINATRA SR. – OBIT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – She was the childhood sweetheart of Frank Sinatra – and the first of his four wives. Nancy Sinatra Sr. has died. Her daughter, Nancy Jr., tweeted that her mom died Friday – but didn’t say when or where. The elder Sinatra was the mother of Frank Sinatra’s three children, including their daughter, who followed her dad into show business. Nancy Sinatra Sr. was 101.
GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY EVACUATED
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It’s kind of been a rough week for one of most popular attractions in Los Angeles. Authorities say the landmark Griffith Observatory was evacuated Saturday because of a suspicious package. It was the second time in a week the Observatory had to be evacuated. Earlier, the park and the surrounding area were shut down because of a wildfire.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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