LOS ANGELES (AP) — The latest “Spider-Man” movie is looking to tighten its grip on the number-one spot on the box office list as the holidays approach. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” made its debut by taking in $35.4 million in its first week in theaters, proving again that big-screen version of Marvel superheroes is still a “thing” for moviegoers. As the top movie, Spider-Man leads the charge into the upcoming extended Christmas weekend. The movie is also on pace to recoup its $90 million production budget. Number two over the weekend was “The Mule,” followed by “Mortal Engines.”
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PETE DAVIDSON’S ONLINE POSTS PROMPT WELLNESS CHECK
NEW YORK (AP) — You know that feeling when you see something posted online that makes you worry about a friend or family member? For fans of “Saturday Night Live” comedian Pete Davidson, that feeling came over the weekend — so much so that New York City police did a welfare check on him. Authorities say they met with Davidson and determined he was ok — but didn’t say whether that visit was made at NBC headquarters in New York, where “SNL” airs. On the show, Davidson was in a pre-taped sketch and introduced the musical guest. Davidson alarmed people online when he posted, “I’m doing my best to stay here for you but I actually don’t know how much longer I can last. All I’ve ever tried to do was help people. Just remember I told you so.” He added a heart emoji. Earlier this month, Davidson said his personality disorder makes him feel he doesn’t “want to be on this earth.” He had a rocky stretch with online haters recently when he was briefly engaged to — then split from — singer Ariana Grande (GRAHN’-day).
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CARDI B - OFFSET
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cardi B is calling on people not to make her ex-boo feel like Pete Davidson. The musician is asking fans to stop bashing Offset, the father of her daughter. He drew the ire of the internet over the weekend for interrupting Cardi B’s set at a music festival in Los Angeles on Saturday night — in an effort to woo her back. The couple broke up earlier this month after a little over a year of marriage. Their baby was born in July. In an Instagram video yesterday, Cardi B asked people to lay off Offset, saying the way people are treating him reminds her of the anguish comedian Pete Davidson has recently expressed about online bullying and shaming.
JEFF BRIDGES TO GET DEMILLE AWARD
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeff Bridges will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at next month’s Golden Globe Awards. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Monday that Bridges will be honored during its 76th annual awards ceremony on Jan. 6, 2019. The actor is known for starring in films including “Crazy Heart,” ″The Big Lebowski,” ″True Grit” and “Hell or High Water.” HFPA President Meher Tatna in a statement calls the 69-year-old’s career and philanthropic efforts remarkable. The DeMille Award is given annually to an “individual who has made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.” Tatna says the DeMille recipient has “captured hearts and minds” of audiences worldwide. Past recipients include Oprah Winfrey, Morgan Freeman, Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster, Barbra Streisand, Sidney Poitier and Lucille Ball.
BILL COSBY APPEAL DENIED
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Last year, Bill Cosby spent Christmas at his home near Pennsylvania. But this year, he will spend the holiday in the new state prison he’s been confined to since being sentenced for sexual assault. The 81-year-old comedian had asked through his attorneys to be freed on bail as his appeals wend through the courts. But the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected that request Friday. The court didn’t elaborate on its decision.
YAEL STONE-GEOFFREY RUSH
NEW YORK (AP) — “Orange Is the New Black” actress Yael Stone alleges actor Geoffrey Rush engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior when they starred in “The Diary of a Madman” in 2010. The 33-year-old tells The New York Times Rush danced naked in front of her in their dressing room, used a mirror to watch her while she showered and sent her occasionally erotic texts. Stone says she “enthusiastically and willingly” replied to the texts from her fellow Australian actor when she was 25 and he was 59. Stone says she’s “embarrassed” by the ways she participated. Stone says she was trying to manage “uncomfortable moments” without offending the star. In a statement , Rush says the allegations “are incorrect and in some instances have been taken completely out of context.”
CBS TO DONATE TO #METOO EFFORT
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS is looking to fight sexual harassment at the workplace — but throwing money at the problem. The network is promising to give $20 million to 18 organizations dedicated to wiping out sexual harassment on the job. Meanwhile, the network is trying to decide whether to throw money at its former CEO, Les Moonves, who left CBS amid a sexual misconduct scandal. The company’s board must determine how much, if any, of a $120 million severance Moonves is entitled to receive.
PEANUTS - APPLE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the “Peanuts” gang are getting a new digital home: Apple. The high-tech company has signed with DHX Media to produce new content featuring the animated pals created by Charles M. Schulz. Under the deal, DHX will develop and produce original programs for Apple — including new series, specials and shorts based on the Peanuts crew.
VLADIMIR PUTIN - RAP
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian president Vladimir Putin is no fan of rap. And he is calling on his government to get a tighter grip on that style of music. Putin says rap “is based on three pillars,” sex, drugs and protest. Of the three, he says drugs are the worst — because they’re “a path to the degradation of the nation.” Rap is increasingly popular among Russian youth — and Putin says rather than ban it, his government should “lead it and direct it.” Putin’s comments come amid a crackdown on contemporary music that evoked Soviet-era censorship of the arts.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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