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“THE BATMAN” TOPS BOX OFFICE RACE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The latest reboot in the Batman franchise has given the box office a much-needed kickstart. “The Batman,” starring Robert Pattinson, grossed an estimated $128.5 million over the weekend to lead all movies in North America. That’s well above what Warner Bros. estimated it would do in its debut weekend. It’s also the best opening weekend of any movie so far this year. But it’s less than half what “Spider-Man: No Way Home” posted in its opening weekend when it took in $260 million in December. Meanwhile, “The Batman” grossed $0 in Russia, because Warner Bros. blocked its release after Moscow invaded Ukraine. Other studios have also refused to release their movies in Russia in response to the war on Ukraine.

 

BAT FLIES AROUND IN TEXAS THEATER DURING SHOWING OF “THE BATMAN”
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – It wasn’t the kind of double-feature moviegoers at one theater in Austin, Texas had in mind. Some of those who went to see “The Batman” Friday night got to see a cameo by a bat. A live bat darted around inside a theater showing the new Robert Pattinson film. News reports say management at The Moviehouse & Eatery by Cinepolis paused the movie and called animal control to try to catch the critter – but they couldn’t. Customers were offered their money back. But most chose to stay and watch “The Batman,” while keeping an eye out for the real bat.

 

FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS PRESENTED
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) – It was a big night for Maggie Gyllenhaal at the Film Independent Spirit Awards last night. She won honors for best feature, director and screenplay, all for her film version of the novel “The Lost Daughter.” During the show, both co-host Nick Offerman and honorary chair Kristen Stewart mentioned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Stewart spoke of the need “to stand with the people of Ukraine,” while Offerman urged the audience to give Russian President Vladimir Putin a “Spirit Awards salute.” Many in the audience responded by giving Putin the finger.

 

VETERAN ACTOR MITCHELL RYAN DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – An actor whose credits include appearances in the first “Lethal Weapon” movie and a part on the soap opera “Dark Shadows” has died. His stepdaughter tells the Hollywood Reporter that Mitchell Ryan died of congestive heart failure Friday at his Los Angeles home. He was 88. Ryan’s first break came in 1958, when he landed an uncredited role in “Thunder Road.” He also appeared in the TV series “Santa Barbara” and “Dharma & Greg.”

 

FOX CORRESPONDENT TRIES TO FACT-CHECK COLLEAGUES ON AIR
NEW YORK (AP) – Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin says she’s been doing the same thing for 25 years, now: keeping up with big stories and exposing those who don’t tell the truth. Lately that task has gotten lots more attention as she’s been calling out Fox colleagues and guests for false statements about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In the past two weeks, she’s publicly corrected or contradicted Fox analysts and hosts on the air about the war. Last week, she got flak from Fox host Tucker Carlson, who suggested some reporters are publicity agents for the Pentagon – a not-so-subtle swipe at his colleague. But in a statement, Fox News Media says it’s proud of Griffin and her reporting.

 

WNBA STAR BRITTNEY GRINER ARRESTED IN RUSSIA ON DRUG CHARGED
UNDATED (AP) – WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner has been arrested on drug charges in Russia. Her agent says she is working with the player, her attorneys in Russia, family and the WNBA and NBA to get her back home. Customs officials in Russia say she was arrested for having vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis. That could get her a max of 10 years in prison. Griner has played in Russia during the WNBA offseason, where she can earn more than four times her pro salary. Several other WNBA players played in Russia and Ukraine this winter. The WNBA confirms that all players besides Griner had left both countries.