BILL MURRAY ADDRESSES COMPLAINTS AGAINST HIM
UNDATED (AP) – Bill Murray is acknowledging that it’s he who’s responsible for the suspension of filming of his latest movie. The veteran actor is describing what happened between him and a person working on “Being Mortal” was a “difference of opinion.” In an interview with CNBC, Murray didn’t provide details about who he had the “difference” with – or what it involved. But he said he did something he “thought was funny” but it “wasn’t taken that way” by a female colleague. He commends the studio for stopping the production to investigate – and says he and the unnamed woman are “trying to make peace with each other.”
TREVOR NOAH, PRESIDENT BIDEN BRING W.H. CORRESPONDENTS DINNER BACK TO LIFE
WASHINGTON (AP) – After two years of being sidelined by the pandemic, the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner is back. And for the first time in six years, a sitting U.S. president attended. Joe Biden was present Saturday night after Donald Trump skipped the event all four years he was in office. And Biden brought jokes. He said if Trump had attended, “that would really have been a real coup.” As for the media, Biden joked that it was nice to spend time with “the only group of Americans with a lower approval rating” than him. Comedian Trevor Noah hosted. He told Biden he was confused about why he was invited. But he noted that Biden gets his “highest approval ratings when a biracial African guy” is standing next to him.
ANGELINA JOLIE VISITS UKRAINIAN CITY OF LVIV
LVIV, Ukraine (AP) – Angelina Jolie has made a surprise visit to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv over the weekend. The visit of the actor and U.N. humanitarian was announced on Telegram by the regional governor of the city. The official says Jolie spoke with displaced people who’ve taken refuge in Lviv. Among those who sought refuge were kids needing treatment for injuries suffered in a missile strike on a railway station last month. The underground station was filled with mostly women and children trying to take shelter against the Russian offensive.
JUDGE TOSSES KIM KARDASHIAN PART OF DEFAMATION CASE OUT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A judge in Los Angeles has thrown out part of a defamation lawsuit against Kim Kardashian. Gregory Alarcon ruled Blac Chyna’s attorneys presented no statements made by Kardashian that were defamatory. But the case against the reality TV star for interference with a contract remains in place. Jurors return for a second day of deliberations today. They started Friday. Chyna is suing the Kardashian women for conspiring to torpedo the reality show she had with her ex-finance, Rob Kardashian. They had a fight in 2016 – and Chyna says the family denounced her to producers at E! Network, causing them to scrap plans for season two of “Rob & Chyna.”
“THE BAD GUYS” REPEAT AS BOX OFFICE CHAMPS
UNDATED (AP) – “The Bad Guys” are again the nation’s top film. The Dreamworks Animation movie has earned another $16.1 million in ticket sales. The movie lost only about a-third of its take from the previous week – an indication it has staying power with audiences. Meanwhile that’s not the case for Liam Neeson’s latest film. “Memory” proved to be forgettable for moviegoers, a sign the actor’s “particular set of skills” may not be particularly impressive anymore. “Memory” is third in the box office race, behind “The Bad Guys” and “Sonic the Hedgehog 2.”
MET GALA RETURNS
NEW YORK (AP) – For the first time since the pandemic hit, the first Monday in May has returned to its place of honor on the New York social scene. The Met Gala returns tonight – after the annual fundraiser was disrupted by the COVID outbreak. The event usually raises eight-figure sums for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. This year marks a return to normalcy – and not just because it’s held on its traditional date. The usual number of 600 A-list celebs are expected tonight. The past two years, there were only about 400. The 2020 gala was scrubbed altogether.