LION KING TOPS BOX OFFICE LIST AGAIN
LOS ANGELES (AP) – “The Lion King” continues its reign as box office champ. The Disney live-action re-do of the animated classic took in another $75 million in North America over the weekend – to repeat number-one finish on the top money-earners list. So far Lion King has taken in $350 million. And that makes it the year’s fourth highest-grossing film – after just 10 days of release. Finishing second over the weekend is “Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood.” It took in just $40 million – far shy of the Lion King’s total. But the numbers are good for director Quentin Tarantino; it represents his biggest debut ever. Number three over the weekend was “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” It was followed by “Toy Story 4” and “Crawl.”
PARITY AND RACE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – When it comes to pay equality in Hollywood, it isn’t only a matter of green – but of black and white, too. These days, actresses of color are landing more significant roles and getting more acclaim. But that doesn’t always translate to bigger paychecks. To correct the matter, actresses are doing something most people are loath to do: share a peek at their paychecks with other actors. Entertainment attorney Nina Shaw says it’s refreshing that women are willing to share salary information as a way of helping their peers see where they stand when it comes to their movie salaries. Gabrielle Union says once actresses know what other actors with similar track records get for parts, they can press the studios for fairer pay. Union says the way things are, most minority actresses are, in her words, “so woefully underpaid, under-appreciated, disrespected.”
ANNE HATHAWAY – FERTILITY
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Anne Hathaway says struggling with fertility issues can make a woman feel deeply isolated. And she says she hopes her coming forward with her story will help other women in her situation feel a little less alone. In an interview with The Associated Press, Hathaway says many think there’s a “one-size-fits-all approach to getting pregnant.” And she says she wants to help those who have had trouble conceiving and carrying a child to full term to see that isn’t true. She says struggling to conceive is “really painful and very isolating and full of self-doubt.” Hathaway went on Instagram last week to announce she and her husband Adam Shulman are expecting their second child. And in the post, she said she was sending “extra love” to those with fertility issues because she has experienced it with both her pregnancies.
50 CENT – “POWER”
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – 50 Cent said he thinks his hit TV series “Power” is being short-circuited – by racism. The rapper-turned actor says the Starz one which he serves as executive producer has been overlooked by the Emmys over the years because it has a mostly black cast. Fiddy says the people who run the Emmys “are not necessarily cool people” and because of that are likely to overlook shows featuring cultures that are not their own. 50 Cent says it was a similar deal in the music business. He says he was overlooked for awards after his debut studio album “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” dropped in 2003. “Power’s” sixth and final season will launch next month.
ACTRESS WHO VOICED MINNIE MOUSE DIES
GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) – The actress who did the voice of Minnie Mouse for decades has died. Her name: Russi Taylor and Disney has announced in a statement that she died Friday at age 75 in Glendale, California. Taylor became the official voice of Minnie in 1986 and was featured in movies like “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”” and the TV show “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.” Interestingly, Taylor was married to the man who voiced Mickey Mouse opposite her. She and Wayne Allwine were together from 1991 until he preceded her in death in 2009.
NEIL deGRASSE TYSON TO STAY AT HAYDEN PLANETARIUM
NEW YORK (AP) – Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is keeping his job as head of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. The Museum of Natural History says he will stay on after it wrapped up its investigation into a sexual misconduct accusation against him. The museum says based on the results of the probe, Tyson “remains an employee and director” of the planetarium – but wouldn’t comment on what the investigation turned up. A website reported in November that Tyson was accused of behaving inappropriately with two women. In a Facebook post the following month, Tyson denied wrongdoing. His other two bosses, at Fox Broadcasting and National Geographic, had already cleared Tyson to return to the TV shows he’d been hosting on those networks.
MEGAN GUEST-EDITS BRITISH VOGUE
LONDON (AP) – The Duchess of Sussex – better known to us here in the states as former actress Megan Markle – has had her hand in an important publishing project. She served as guest editor on the upcoming edition of British Vogue. The magazine’s theme is “Forces for Change” and the issue features what the magazine calls “change-makers united by their fearlessness in breaking barriers.” Part of the issue will include a conversation between Meghan and former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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