LOS ANGELES (AP) – For the second week in a row, “Toy Story 4” is the nation’s top movie. But the biggest box office news of the weekend is about the movie that finished not in first or second place – but third. That was “Yesterday” – the romantic comedy about a man who finds he’s the only person who remembers the music of the Beatles – and presents the tunes as his own. That movie took in an estimated $17 million over the weekend. That’s much higher than the meager amount it was expected to take in. Meanwhile, “Toy Story 4” has added $57.9 million to its domestic total. So far globally the movie has taken in nearly a half billion dollars.
PRIDE PARADES NATIONWIDE
NEW YORK (AP) – Cast members from the FX series “Pose” were among the celebrities who stepped off for the Pride march in New York City. The event yesterday featured an estimated 700 contingents, including community groups, major corporations and others. Events were held in many other large cities like San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle – as well as in many smaller towns. The Pride events marked the 50th anniversary of the clash between police and gay bar patrons at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan – an uprising credited with sparking the modern gay rights movement.
LILY TOMLIN TO GET LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FROM TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – Add another honor to the list of those compiled by Lily Tomlin. The Emmy and Tony award-winning actress will be given a lifetime achievement award at the 15th annual Traverse City Film Festival in northern Michigan. The award completes the circle the festival began last year when it gave the honor to Jane Fonda. Fonda and Tomlin co-star in “Grace and Frankie,” which airs on Netflix. Oscar winner and festival founder Michael Moore is expected to present the honor to Tomlin on Aug. 3, the day before this year’s festival ends.
BETH CHAPMAN MEMORIAL
HONOLULU (AP) – For military types, there’s the 21-gun salute as a farewell gesture. But for those with a surf mentality, a “paddle-out” is the traditional way to say goodbye. And that’s what friends and family of reality TV star Beth Chapman did in her honor. The service was held Saturday at Fort DeRussy Beach Park in Waikiki. The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports about 500 people watched as canoes, paddle boarders, surfers – and even some boats – headed out into the water in tribute. They were later joined by Chapman’s widower, Duane “Dog” Chapman and other family members. Beth Chapman died Wednesday at a hospital in Honolulu, after a nearly two-year bout with cancer.
CARMEN ELECTRA, OTHERS, SUE VEGAS STRIP CLUBS
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Carmen Electra, Lucy Pinder and ten other professional models are suing five Las Vegas strip clubs. The models claim their photos are being used in ads for the clubs without their permission – or without them getting paid. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports separate federal civil lawsuits filed this month accuse the clubs of violating federal laws against using false or misleading advertising – and violating Nevada’s right of publicity law. The lawsuits say the models have no ties with the clubs, but the use of their photos implied they either endorsed them – or worked there.
KEVIN DURANT GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS FOR BROOKLYN NETS
NEW YORK (AP) – It had been long expected the year’s top free-agent prize in the NBA would be heading to a certain New York basketball team. But instead of picking the Knicks, Kevin Durant shocked the league by signing with the other NBA team in the city, the Brooklyn Nets. The decision was announced yesterday, the start of the NBA free agency period. Durant won back-to-back titles with the Golden State Warriors in 2017 and last year – before injuries hobbled him this year and the Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors. Durant ruptured his right Achilles tendon during the NBA Finals – and it’s expected he will miss all of next season.
SOCCER MATCH SETS VIEWERSHIP RECORD
UNDATED (AP) – Did you watch the U.S. victory over France in the Women’s World Cup on Friday? If so, you had a lot of company, as the game set a record for the most-watched women’s quarterfinal match ever on U.S. English-language TV. The workday match drew 6.12 million viewers to Fox, with a peak of 8.24 million. It was the most-watched English-language soccer telecast in the U.S. since last year’s men’s World Cup final. The Americans face England in the semifinals tomorrow.
SECOND-GENERATION MLB ROOKIE NAMED TO BE IN HOME RUN DERBY
TORONTO (AP) – Toronto Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has set a record at this year’s Home Run Derby – without having to swing a bat. He will be the youngest player named to take part in the derby when it’s held in Cleveland on July 8. Guerrero will be 20 years, 114 days old when the Home Run Derby rolls around. That’s 116 days younger than Ken Griffey Jr. was when he participated in 1990. Guerrero was there as a kid when his dad won the event in San Francisco back in 2007.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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