“ALADDIN” WINS BOX OFFICE RACE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It didn’t get the greatest reviews. But in the end, the most important feedback for “Aladdin” came where it counted most: the box office. The Disney live-action remake of the 1992 animated film is crushing the competition going into today’s finale of Memorial Day weekend. The movie took in an estimated $86.1 million between Friday and yesterday. And it’s expected to surpass the $100 million mark once today’s receipts are factored in. The movie stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott. Internationally, Aladdin earned $121 million over the weekend, giving it $207 globally. The movie reportedly cost $183 million to produce.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The rise of “Aladdin” to the top of the box office heap means a demotion for last week’s number one movie. “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum,” drops to second with $24.4 million. Finishing third is “Avenger: Endgame,” with $16.8 million. “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” is fourth with $13.3 million.
ADAM LEVINE LEAVING “THE VOICE “
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s 16 and done for Adam Levine. The musician is leaving “The Voice” after 16 seasons of spinning in his chair to pick out and nurture new singing talent on the NBC show. In an Instagram post, the Maroon 5 star says the show became “a life shaping experience” that will be in his heart forever. Levine was part of the original “Voice” lineup in 2011, along with Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and CeeLo Green. With Levine’s departure, the only original coach remaining is Shelton.
MARIO BATALI PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CHARGES
BOSTON (AP) —Mario Batali is free on his own recognizance, after pleading not guilty to a charge that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. The celebrity chef has also been ordered to stay away from his accuser. The next hearing in the case is in July _ but Batali doesn’t have to appear for that. Meanwhile, his career has been left in shambles by multiple accusations of sexual misconduct since 2017.
SCOTT PELLEY SOUNDS OFF
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley says he lost his job because he wouldn’t stop complaining about a hostile work environment for men and women. Pelly, now a “60 Minutes” correspondent, tells CNN that four or five years ago, he approached news division chief David Rhodes to complain about working conditions. Pelley says he was told if he “kept agitating about that,” he’d lose his job. He says he escalated his complaint to the head of the CBS Corporation. But Pelley says, when his contract expired, it wasn’t renewed. Pelley had been on the anchor’s desk for six years before he was let go.
STAN LEE’S EX MANAGER ARRESTED IN ARIZONA
PHOENIX (AP) — A former business manager of the late comic book legend Stan Lee has been captured in Arizona, after fleeing California. Keya Morgan appeared in court yesterday, where he’s was charged with being a fugitive from justice. In California, he faces charges of fiduciary elder abuse. It’s unclear when Morgan will be extradited. Prosecutors in Los Angeles County say Morgan sought to capitalize on Stan Lee’s wealth and exert influence over the Marvel comics mastermind _ even though he had no authority to act on his behalf. Lee died last November at age 95.
SOUTH KOREAN FILM WINS BIG PRIZE AT CANNES
CANNES, France (AP) — South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s movie “Parasite” has latched on to the hearts of voters for top film at the Cannes (KAN) Film Festival. The movie has captured the Palme d’Or at the annual event. The movie is about a poor family of hustlers who find jobs with a wealthy family. The win for Parasite marks the first time a Korean film has ever won the top prize at Cannes. And it literally was no contest. Jury president Alejandro Inarritu said the choice for the nine-member panel was “unanimous.”
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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