BOX OFFICE – “SPIDER MAN” SPINOFF IS TOP MOVIE
NEW YORK (AP) – Franchise fatigue? What franchise fatigue? The latest installment in the “Spider-Man” franchise has shaken off any talk of moviegoers getting tired of reboots of franchise titles – to capture the current box office race. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” took in an estimated $93.6 million over the weekend to win the top spot. Since its opening Tuesday, the movie raked in $185.1 million domestically. “Far From Home” is the first Marvel movie since “Avengers: Endgame.” And it proved popular among fans of the Marvel empire, coming on the heels of “Spider-Man” releases like 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and last year’s animated spinoff “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” Finishing second in the weekend box office battle is “Toy Story 4,” followed by “Yesterday,” “Annabelle Comes Home” and “Aladdin.”
CAMERON BOYCE – OBIT
UNDATED (AP) – Cameron Boyce has died. The actor best known for his work in the Disney Channel franchise “Descendants” for playing Adam Sandler’s son in the first two “Grown Ups” movies died over the weekend in Los Angeles. A rep for the 20-year-old actor says he died in his sleep. No official cause of death was announced. But in a statement released yesterday, his family says Boyce died “due to a seizure that was a result of an ongoing medical condition.” The family statement calls Boyce one of the world’s “brightest lights” – and that they “are utterly heartbroken.” Also expressing condolences is Disney chairman and CEO Robert Iger, who says Boyce was “filled with so much talent, heart and life.” And his movie “dad” Adam Sandler tweeted “Loved that kid…all our hearts are broken.”
KEVIN SPACEY LAWSUIT DROPPED
BOSTON (AP) – The young man who says Kevin Spacey groped him in a Nantucket bar in 2016 has dropped his lawsuit against the Oscar-winning actor. Word of this comes from the young man’s lawyer, who made the announcement in an email. The suit was filed June 26 in Nantucket Superior Court in Massachusetts – but has now been withdrawn. Court papers say the case was dropped “with prejudice” – which means it can’t be refiled. Spacey’s attorneys have contended that the man is lying in hopes of winning a civil lawsuit payday from Spacey. Meanwhile the criminal case stemming from that complaint continues. Prosecutors say the criminal case is separate from the civil lawsuit – and will go forward.
KEVIN SPACEY INTERVIEWED ABOUT SEX ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS
LONDON (AP) – Kevin Spacey is facing continued scrutiny over allegations of sexual misconduct. Authorities in London say British police have traveled to the U.S. to interview the former “House of Cards” star about sexual assault claims. London’s Metropolitan Police is looking into six claims against Spacey, who ran the city’s Old Vic Theater between 2004 and 2015. British police don’t identify their suspects until they have been charged, though they say they interviewed a suspect in May. Variety reported over the weekend that British detectives interviewed Spacey in May.
ARREST MADE IN DEATH OF ORIGINAL “MICKEY MOUSE CLUB” STAR
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – An arrest has been made in the death of an original member of Disney’s “The Mickey Mouse Club.” Authorities in Oregon have taken Daniel James Burda into custody. The 36-year-old man was busted Friday on suspicion of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, abuse of a corpse, criminal mistreatment and identity theft in the death of Dennis Day. Police say Burda did jobs around the house for Day and his husband – and neighbors say Burda lived with the elderly couple. Day, who was 76, was a founding member of the Mickey Mouse Club for two seasons in the 1950s. He was first reported missing last July 15 by his husband, who has memory loss. In April, police found a body at the couple’s Phoenix, Oregon, home. Authorities identified it as Day last month – but they say they were unable to use dental records or DNA due to the condition of the remains.
ORIGINAL “WEST SIDE STORY” ACTOR DIES
NEW YORK (AP) – One of the men who played a Jet in the original edition of “West Side Story” has died. Martin Charmin was 84 – and he also went on to become a Broadway director and a lyricist who won a Tony Award for the hit “Annie.” His daughter reports Charmin died Saturday at a hospital in White Plains, New York – after suffering a minor heart attack.
ARCHIE CHRISTENED IN PRIVATE CEREMONY
LONDON (AP) – The youngest member of Britain’s royal family, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, has been christened in a private ceremony – a ceremony some royal fans say was too private for their tastes. The 2-month-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was baptized in the castle’s private chapel on Saturday. Archie, born May 6, is the first child of Prince Harry and former U.S. actress Meghan Markle – and stands seventh in line to the British throne. The parents released a pair of photos from the event. Some criticized the couple for not letting the public see the event. But that didn’t stop well-wishers from coming to Windsor with Union Jack flags, banners – and even a cake – to mark the occasion.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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