“FAST & FURIOUS” SEQUEL TAKES BOX OFFICE RACE
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s a mixed bag of news for the latest movie in the “Fast & Furious” franchise. “Hobbs & Shaw” got off to a good enough start to win the box office race, taking in $60.8 million domestically over the weekend. That was strong enough to dethrone the reigning top movie, “The Lion King,” after two weeks at number one. On the flip side, “Hobbs & Shaw” didn’t bring in enough to match the haul captured by other recent “Fast & Furious” movies. The opening represents the smallest domestic debut for the series since “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” which came out in 2006.
“THE ROOKIE” STAR QUITTING SHOW OVER SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS
NEW YORK (AP) – One of the stars of the ABC TV series “The Rookie” says she’s done. Afton Williamson says she is quitting because she has experienced racial discrimination and sexual harassment while making the show’s first season. Williamson details the claims in an Instagram post yesterday. She says she was sexually assaulted by the head of the show’s hair department. She also says she was sexually harassed by a recurring guest star on the show – and was bullied by executive producers of the show. She also accuses show-runner Alexi Hawley of not taking her claims seriously – and failing to pass on her complaints to other show producers. No immediate response from ABC on the situation.
KEVIN SPACEY MAKES APPEARANCE IN ROME
MILAN (AP) – Kevin Spacey has made a public appearance in Rome, weeks after a groping case against him in Massachusetts fell apart at the seams. His appearance at the National Roman Museum was this past Friday night. During it, Spacey stood near an ancient Greek bronze statue of a battered fighter – while he recited “The Boxer” by Tinti. The poem’s about a fighter left bleeding at ringside, despite having achieved glory in the past. Spacey’s rendering of the poem reflected that the former “House of Cards” star felt it relates to his situation since 2017, when he was hit with a series of sexual misconduct allegations.
RUBY ROSE – “BATWOMAN”
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Ruby Rose says she hopes her rise to fame in the title role of “Batwoman” will be an inspiration to people who have trouble finding acceptance in society. Rose came out as a lesbian at age 12 in her native Australia – and considers herself gender-fluid these days. She says she hopes by starring in the first TV series featuring an out LGBTQ superhero, she can help viewers who feel marginalized to know that they are not alone. Rose made her comments at a gathering of TV critics yesterday in Beverly Hills, California.
LUKE PERRY TO BE REMEMBERED IN SEASON PREMIERE OF “RIVERDALE”
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – We’re learning more about what producers will do to honor the late Luke Perry during the season premiere of “Riverdale.” The head of the CW tells TV critics the show will mention the death of Perry’s character in the season-four premiere, set for Oct. 9. Perry died in March after a massive stroke but the fate of his character wasn’t addressed during the third season. Perry’s former “Beverly Hills, 90210” co-star Shannen Doherty will guest star on the tribute show, which CW president Mark Pedowitz says will be a “moving piece.”
MAN WHO MAILED BOMBS TO CNN, OTHERS, TO BE SENTENCED TODAY
NEW YORK (AP) – The Florida man who mailed pipe bombs to CNN, prominent Democrats and to actor Robert DeNiro learns his fate today. Cesar Sayoc is to be sentenced in New York. And lawyers for Sayoc, who’s 57, are asking for leniency, saying he felt enemies of President Trump were trying to hurt him and other Trump backers. For their part, prosecutors say a life sentence is “necessary and appropriate,” given that the mailing of the 16 pipe bombs triggered “widespread fear and panic” in the days before the 2018 midterm elections. None of the packages exploded.
SOCCER PLAYER CALLS FOR END TO GUN VIOLENCE
WASHINGTON (AP) – A pro soccer player playing in Washington D.C. last night used a goal celebration to call for an end to gun violence. After Alejandro Bedoya of the Philadelphia Union scored against D.C. United, he made a beeline for an on-field microphone and shouted about the need to curb shootings. He yelled, “Hey Congress, do something now! End gun violence! Let’s go!” Earlier, Bedoya earlier tweeted about the two weekend mass shootings in Texas and Ohio that killed a total of 29 people.
FAMED LIGHTING DIRECTOR DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – An Emmy-winning lighting director has died. NBC says Phil Hymes has died late last month of complications of cancer at a hospital in New York. He was 96. Hymes won an Emmy for his work on “Saturday Night Live” in 2018. During his career, he occasionally got to bask in some of the limelight he created, appearing in sketches in episodes hosted by Christopher Walken and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
RFK GRANDDAUGHTER TO BE BURIED TODAY
BOSTON (AP) – The Kennedy family gathers today to say farewell to another of their own. A rep for the family says the funeral service for Saoirse (SIR’-shuh) Kennedy Hill will be followed by a private burial. Hill was 22 – and was the granddaughter of assassinated U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Hill died Thursday at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. Police say they reported to the home after getting a call about a possible drug overdose.
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