LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yesterday was Mother’s Day. But for two movies thought to have mom appeal, the day was more like a bunch of wilted roses than a beautiful bouquet. Still dominating the box office is “Avengers: Infinity War.” The Disney movie has won the box office race the past three weekends, with its latest haul, $61.8 million. The superhero blockbuster overpowered newcomers like the Melissa McCarthy comedy “Life of the Party” and the Gabrielle Union thriller “Breaking In.” Both of the movies were timed to hit theaters on Mother’s Day weekend. And while they drew overwhelmingly female audiences, in the end, Avengers prevailed.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The countdown to what’s expected to be the next big Hollywood blockbuster continues, with “Solo: A Star Wars Story” due out a week from Friday. Late last week, the movie made its official Hollywood premiere — and got positive preliminary reviews. We’ll have a better idea how critics liked it when fuller reviews come out tomorrow. “Solo” tells the story of the early years of smuggler Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford in seven “Star Wars” movies. This one stars Alden Ehrenreich as Solo and Donald Glover as a young Lando Calrissian.
R. KELLY PROTESTS DON’T STOP SHOW
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The protests fizzled — and the concert sizzled. That about sums up what happened at the R. Kelly concert this past Friday night in Greensboro, North Carolina. The show at the Greensboro Coliseum was targeted by protesters because of persistent, though unproven claims of R. Kelly’s shady dealings with women. The promoters refused to relent and the show went on with Kelly, as is his style, mixed references to God with suggestive lyrics and gyrations. At one point, he asked a female audience member to wipe his face, tongue — and crotch — with a towel.
R. KELLY - SHUNTED BY STREAMERS
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Though protesters couldn’t shut down his concert Friday, big music streaming services have managed to slow R. Kelly’s roll. Apple has joined other sites in deciding to no longer promote his music. That means Apple won’t include Kelly’s songs in playlists or on recommendation lists. Last week, Spotify did the same thing, though Apple didn’t announce its move. Meanwhile, Pandora isn’t saying how it’s dealing with Kelly’s music. But it says it won’t promote acts the streaming service describes as having certain “issues.”
KHOLE KARDASHIAN - IT’S TRUE!
UNDATED (AP) — Khloe Kardashian’s new baby has made its first appearance in an online video. But given her last name, it’s a safe bet True’s appearance won’t be her last. In an Instagram post, Khloe marks the baby reaching her one-month birthday. Still unclear is the status of Kardashian’s relationship with True’s dad, NBA player Tristan Thompson. As the baby’s arrival neared, there were tabloid reports that he was cheating on her. But in recent weeks, the two have been seen out on the town as a couple.
“BROOKLYN NINE-NINE” GETS REVIVED BY NBC
NEW YORK (AP) — It was ditched by Fox — and picked up by NBC. And because of that, fans of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” will be able to get their fix of the show next season. The move by NBC gives it a second chance to land a show it had originally passed on. NBC entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt says if he knew Andy Samberg was in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” NBC never would have let it go to Fox.
SALMA HAYEK - CANNES
CANNES, France (AP) — Salma Hayek says changes in Hollywood stemming from the #MeToo movement are already happening. So much so, that she says her production firm is having trouble keeping up with the demand. All told, Hayek says she has already sold four TV shows about women this year — and can’t seem to find enough female writers and directors. Still, Hayek tells a “Women in Motion” talk series at the Cannes Film Festival there’s still much more to be do to achieve gender equality in the entertainment world.
GRACE KELLY HOME IS RESTORED
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It’s the home where Grace Kelly grew up. And now, the house in Philadelphia has been restored to its original glory. Toby Boshak, head of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, says the six-bedroom, 2.5-story Colonial will be used occasionally by Kelly’s son, Prince Albert II and his family. Boshak tells NBC the house was in bad shape when he bought it. Kelly lived there until she set out for Hollywood from Philly when she was 20.
PORN TAX CREDIT NIXED
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The state of Louisiana has a program that gives tax credits to filmmakers. But films in which performers bare it all likely won’t be covered by it. The state Senate has passed a measure denying tax credits to pornos. After the measure was approved Friday, it goes to the governor for his OK. If signed, the new law would take effect July 1.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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