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'Minions 2: The Rise of Gru' opens with record-breaking $125.1 million July 4th weekend

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Minions 2: The Rise of Gru is now the July 4 holiday box office record holder, earning an estimated 125.1 million dollars from Friday through Monday. That's also the second-best debut for a Despicable Me/Minions movie, about three-and-a half million less than the first standalone Minions movie earned in 2015.

The Rise of Gru -- featuring the voices of Steve CarellTaraji P. Henson and Michelle Yeoh -- did pretty well overseas too, scooping up an estimated $93.7 million, for a worldwide total of $202.2 million between Friday and Monday.

Top Gun: Maverick held on to second place, delivering an estimated $25.5 million over the three-day weekend and $33.3 through Monday. The Top Gun sequel has earned a total of $544.5 million overseas, bringing its six-week global tally to upwards of $1.1 billion worldwide.

Dropping to third place was Elvis, which collected an estimated $19 million in its second week of release. The biopic has collected a total of $70 million in North America. Thus far, Elvis has earned $113 million worldwide.

Pulling up in fourth place was Jurassic World: Dominion with just under $15.7 million. Adding Monday's estimated totals, that figure swells to roughly $19.7 million. After four weeks, Dominion has raked in $331.8 million domestically to go with $492.7 million internationally, where it opened a week earlier. Its new worldwide total currently sits at $824.5 million.

Rounding out the top five was the horror film The Black Phone, taking in an estimated $12.3 million between Friday and Sunday and $14.4 million through Monday. The film has grabbed a total of $49.7 million in North America and $74.4 million globally after two weeks.

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Kamala Harris speaks on "outrageous" decision to overturn Roe v. Wade at 'Essence' Fest

Vice President Kamala Harris participated in a "fireside chat" with actress Keke Palmer at the Essence Festival of Culture Saturday, where she spoke on important issues pertaining to women and the Black community.

Speaking on the "outrageous" decision to overturn Roe v. Wade -- the law protecting the right for women to have an abortion -- Harris shared her thoughts on the ruling's implications and its effect on other personal topics like contraception and same-sex marriage.

"What else might be vulnerable that we otherwise thought was settled law?" she questioned.

She called the decision a "serious matter" -- a phrase applauded by those in the audience a part of the Black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, of which Harris is a member. "It requires all of us to speak up, speak out and to be active," Harris said. She added, "We have to recognize we're a nation that was founded on certain principles that are grounded in the concept of freedom and liberty."

Remembering the words of Coretta Scott King Harris said, "The fight for civil rights -- which is the fight for freedom, the fight for liberty, the fight for justice -- the fight for civil rights must be fought and won with each generation."

In relation to the continued fight for freedom in America, Harris suggested two key points from King's words: "The very nature of these fights is that whatever we gain, they will not necessarily be permanent." And that, "you have to be vigilant."

"Don't be overwhelmed to the point that we are disheartened and we think that we can't do anything about it," she said. "It's the nature of it that these gains will not be made. And so we must be vigilant and we must remember we are always going to have to fight to maintain these rights."

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Marvel's newest star, Aramis Knight, talks playing 'Ms. Marvel''s Red Dagger

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Actor Aramis Knight made his debut in Wednesday's fourth episode of Disney+'s Ms. Marvel, and his team up with the show's title character, played by Iman Vellani, was an instant hit with fans. 

Knight plays Kareem, a masked vigilante crime fighter and one of the mysterious group of Pakistan-based heroes known as the Red Daggers. 

A visit to her grandmother's native Karachi to study the origins of her powers led Vellani's Kamala Khan to be tracked -- and later defended -- by the group.

Knight tells ABC Audio he was sure he was auditioning for the character -- who goes by the Red Dagger in the comics -- when he heard about it, in spite of Marvel's famous secrecy.

"When I heard ... they were looking for Southeast Asian actors and that it was a Marvel show. Didn't take much research to figure out that it was Ms. Marvel," he smiles. 

"And then I started reading the comics and found Kareem. And I was like, 'Oh, this must be who I'm auditioning for. I mean, come on! Like, I look just like the guy!' And I just had a feeling from then on."

We wanted to know if Knight was ready to see cosplayers playing him. "YESSS!" he says. 

"I'm trying to go to Comic-Con this year [in July], trying to take a picture with every person who dresses up as Red Dagger."

He adds, "I'm really hoping we get some Halloween costumes. A couple of my friends have already promised me that they're going to be 'me' for Halloween ..."

The actor of Pakistani descent says, "Overall ... I'm just excited to ... represent for our culture, to be able to be a superhero, to be able to do what I love and to be a part of a company like Marvel. It's just, it's amazing!"  

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NBC rescues CBS' 'Magnum P.I.' reboot with 2-season deal

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"Time to dust off the Aloha shirt!" That was the word from star and producer Jay Hernandez as he celebrated the news NBC has picked up his recently canceled CBS reboot of Magnum P.I.

In a move similar to NBC's rescuing Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Deadline reports the network sealed the deal Thursday night to rescue the show in a two-season, 20-episode deal.

Hernandez told fans, "It was a bit circuitous but we did it! Your love & support helped get us over the finish line, thank you & thanks to @nbc for stepping up!"

Other cast members were also feeling the love, including Perdita Weeks, who plays Juliette Higgins, the gender-swapped version of the late John Hillerman's character in the Tom Selleck-led original.

Posting a smiling image of herself, Weeks cheered on Instagram, "Off to the see the Ohana," using the Hawaiian word for "family."

Co-star and former Happy Endings star Zachary Knighton added, "This one is for the FANS. You guys are AMAZING!"

The reboot of Magnum performed well for CBS in its Friday night slot for four seasons.

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Denzel, Simone Biles among Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients

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Denzel Washington and Simone Biles will soon have another award for their shelves.

The two-time Oscar and Tony winner and the four-time Olympic gold medalist are among the 17 individuals chosen this year to receive the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The White House announced this year's honorees on Friday. The medals will be awarded at a White House ceremony on Thursday, July 7.

This year's other winners include soccer star and equal pay advocate Megan Rapinoe. Posthumous honorees include Sen. John McCain, the late AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

Incidentally, President Joe Biden is the first president to award the medals after already receiving one himself. Former President Barack Obama presented the medal to Biden in 2017, who was then serving as vice president.

Other honorees include civil rights advocate and former U.S. Ambassador Raúl Yzaguirre, civil rights attorney Fred Gray and Sandra Lindsay, a nurse who became the first American to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

"These 17 Americans demonstrate the power of possibilities and embody the soul of the nation -- hard work, perseverance and faith," the White House said.

"They have overcome significant obstacles to achieve impressive accomplishments in the arts and sciences, dedicated their lives to advocating for the most vulnerable among us, and acted with bravery to drive change in their communities -- and across the world -- while blazing trails for generations to come."

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"Extra" extra: A background actress gets the spotlight, thanks to a now-viral clip of 'Doctor Strange' sequel

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Background actors -- commonly known as extras -- are the unsung heroes of any movie or TV show, as they fill the frame and give context to a scene without saying a word.

They're essentially both seen and not supposed to be seen, so they don't distract from the main characters.

However, one extra is getting her chance to shine thanks to a TikTok user named Charles Rosen, who noticed her "performance" in the recently-released Disney+ film Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness.

The well-dressed older woman is sitting in a church pew directly behind Benedict Cumberbatch in the movie's opening wedding scene, while he's speaking with Michael Stuhlbarg's Dr. Nic West.

However, as the TikTok user noticed, she's doing a heck of a lot while pretending not to be doing much.

Apparently desperate to avoid the reflex of looking into the camera in front of her -- a movie no-no, unless you're Deadpool -- she glances everywhere else, her eyes and head literally rolling circles around the lens.

"This is how you be an extra!" Rosen captioned the vid, which also featured him laughing at the scene.

His clip has been liked more than 190,000 times.

However, the as-yet-unnamed extra isn't the first one to miss the "blend-in" memo.

There are a host of famous, similar gaffes in other movies, including a camera-ogling diner in Goodfellas; the guy in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace who's supposed to be sweeping except his broom wasn't touching the ground; that infamous Teen Wolf extra who stood up and cheered with her pants completely undone, and one of the children of Christopher Lloyd's Doc Brown, who kept touching his own crotch as the camera rolled at the end of Back to the Future Part III.

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Weekend Watchlist: What's new on streaming

Ready, set, binge! Here are some of the new titles available to stream this weekend:

Netflix
Stranger Things: Witness the epic conclusion between Vecna [veck-na] and the crew from Hawkins in volume two of Stranger Things season four.

The Upshaws: Continue to ride life’s ups and downs with The Upshaws in season two of the sitcom about the chaotic and loveable family.

Beauty: After she’s offered a lucrative recording contract, a young woman struggles to maintain her voice in the new film Beauty.


Hulu
Only Murders in the Building: Over on Hulu, start solving all the mysteries while you stream the first two episodes of Only Murders in the Building season two.

Disney+
Baymax!: On Disney+, reunite with fan-favorite inflatable healthcare companion Baymax in the new animated series.

Amazon Prime Video
The Terminal List: And, finally, on Prime Video, Chris Pratt stars as a Navy SEAL out for revenge in The Terminal List, a new action series based on the best-selling books.

Happy streaming!

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Paul Rudd's Ant-Man finally addresses that "gross" fan theory for how he could have beaten Thanos

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(NOTE CONTENT) Aboard the new Disney Wish cruise ship, fans of The Avengers will be treated to hang-outs with costumed characters and other eye-popping tastes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Evidently, they'll also hear Paul Rudd, in character as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, address a fan theory about how his shrinking superhero could have defeated Thanos. 

To put it delicately, it involves the hero shrinking to insect size and Thanos' purple behind. 

According to a tourist's footage of an exchange between Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, in character on a video screen as Hope Van Dyne AKA The Wasp, the exchange begins with both heroes introducing themselves to their guests. 

"Look, before we start, let me address the elephant in the room," Rudd's Lang opens.

"I've heard a lot of chatter out there asking why I didn't shrink down, go in, and uh ... kill Thanos in a really creative way," he says, miming giving the Mad Titan the worst prostate exam of all time. 

"First of all: gross," Ant-Man says. "Secondly, it's much more complicated than that. Allow me to explain--"

Fortunately, Lilly's Hope cuts him off: "If only we had the time!" 

Incidentally, the superhero show The Boys -- which can "go there" thanks to its mature rating -- just saw a shrinking supe accidentally doing something similar in the third season's first episode. However, the internal adventure ended with accidentally explosive results, when the teensy character sneezed.

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New image shows Michael Douglas as Benjamin Franklin in upcoming limited series

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Michael Douglas is Benjamin Franklin in a new image released by Apple TV+.

The Oscar-winning actor, who is set to portray the Founding Father in the new Apple TV+ limited series Franklin, appears pensive in full makeup, hair and costume.

In February, Apple TV+ announced that Douglas would take on the lead role as Franklin in the new series, which is based on the book A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America by Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff.

The eight-episode series will explore how Franklin convinced France to underwrite America’s experiment in democracy.

"Franklin outmaneuvered British spies, French informers and hostile colleagues, all while engineering the Franco-American alliance of 1778 and the final peace treaty with England of 1783," the streaming platform said in a press release. "The eight-year French mission stands as Franklin’s most vital service to his country, without America would not have won the Revolution."

The limited series will be written and executive produced by Kirk Ellis and directed by Tim Van Patten.

A release date has not yet been announced.

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'DWTS' dancer Sharna Burgess and Brian Austin Green welcome first child together

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Dancing with the Stars pro Sharna Burgess and her boyfriend, actor Brian Green Austin, welcomed their first child together, a boy, on Tuesday.

Burgess, 37, shared the news Thursday on Instagram, writing, "Zane Walker Green 06/28/2022 at 12:12pm," alongside a black and white photo of the baby clutching his dad's finger.

“My heart is now forever outside of my body,” she added.

This is Green's fifth child. The Beverly Hills, 90210 alum has a 20-year-old son, Kassius, with actress Vanessa Marcil. He also shares Noah, 9, Bodhi, 8, and Journey, 5, with ex-wife Megan Fox.

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In Brief: 'Stranger Things' back on top; 'Love Island' returns with Sarah Hyland, and more

Stranger Things has regained the top spot as Netflix’s most popular TV show of all time, according to the streamer. Netflix’s list of most popular titles is calculated based on viewership during a title’s first 28 days of availability. It was temporarily displaced by the third season of The Umbrella Academy, which premiered on June 22. The second half of the final season of Stranger Things dropped Friday..

 

Modern Family alum Sarah Hyland has been tapped to host Peacock’s revamped version of Love Island USA, according to TVLine. Hyland replaces Arielle Vandenberg, who hosted the show's first three seasons on CBS. She'll be joined by British comedian Iain Stirling as narrator, replacing Matthew Hoffman, who served as the reality show‘s narrator during its time on CBS. Love Island USA season four premieres July 19 on Peacock...

Variety reports Dune: Part Two, the second chapter in the Warner Bros. and Legendary sci-fi epic, originally set to open in theaters October 20, 2023, has been postponed until November 17, 2023. Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem are returning for Dune: Part Two, with Florence Pugh, Austin Butler and Christopher Walken set to join the cast. The Denis Villeneuve-directed sequel, which follows the second half of Frank Herbert’s seminal novel, is set to start shooting later this year...

Peacock has scratched the TV adaptation of Field of Dreams from its roster. The drama series, based on the 1989 film starring Kevin Costner, was picked up straight to series in August 2021, with The Office writing alum and Parks and Recreation co-creator Michael Schur set to produce, but it won't stream on the platform, an insider tells The Hollywood Reporter. Universal Television is reportedly in the process of talking to interested buyers...

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Chris Pratt dishes on the "intense" making of 'The Terminal List'

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The new Chris Pratt action-drama The Terminal List, debuting Friday on Amazon Prime Video, is about a Navy SEAL who loses his unit, his family is being threatened, and isn't sure whom he can trust. 

Not only is the series intense, so was making it, with Pratt telling ABC Audio, "It's a surprise. Hopefully it'll be unlike anything anyone has ever seen me do."

Those intense moments were punctuated with moments of levity, though, because that’s what Navy SEALS do.

"They're cracking jokes. They're saying inappropriate [things] in the middle of combat...surrounded by destruction and death and uncertainty," Pratt explains. "They're still checking in with each other by being funny." 

The Terminal List is based on the bestselling book from Jack Carr, a former Navy SEAL himself who says he wrote it with Pratt in mind, and that "he crushed it."

"I got to see that transformation in Parks and Rec to playing a steel operator in Zero Dark 30. So that's what initially kind of cued me off," Carr shares, adding that this was before Guardians of the GalaxyJurassic World, and Avengers. "I thought Chris Pratt is the only person to bring this to life."

As for what to expect? "I think Chris called it early on 'tradecraft set against paranoia,' and it was that tone that makes it very different than other conspiracy thrillers or military thrillers that you've seen before," showrunner Dave DiGilio teases. "There's a lot more layers to this show."

Despite the setting, the themes are relatable to everyone, according to director Antoine Fuqua.

"Empathy, love, revenge, justice. There's certain things that don't change," Fuqua says. "That's the thing that we all relate to." 

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"He meant everything to us": 'Black Bird' cast remembers Ray Liotta at L.A. premiere

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At the Apple TV+ show's premiere in Los Angeles Wednesday night, the cast and other creatives behind the forthcoming series Black Bird paid tribute to their fallen co-star Ray Liotta.

The acclaimed actor passed away unexpectedly May 26 at the age of 67.

"He's a magnificent actor and a magnificent person. He was a great guy," Greg Kinnear tells Variety.

He continued, "Listen, I would say he was great no matter what -- I mean, he could've read the phone book in this thing and I would say he's great -- but I genuinely think he's extraordinary in this in a way that is going to knock people out."

Dennis Lehane, the writer and executive producer of Black Bird, noted, "He meant everything to us."

He adds, "I wrote the part for him, it was my dream to work with him. He was as good as advertised. He raised all boats, and he never gave the same take twice."

Calling Liotta the "complete, consummate professional," Lehane noted, "And then when he died, it was tough because our last conversation three weeks earlier had been about what we were gonna do next."

He tells the trade, "We just hope that at least the legacy lives on through this performance."

Variety noted that Paul Walter Hauser, who plays suspected serial killer Larry Hall in the fact-based series, wore a T-shirt emblazoned with a picture of Liotta's Field of Dreams character "Shoeless" Joe Jackson on it.

In the film, Liotta plays the cop dad of Kingsman series lead Taron Egerton's clean-cut Jimmy Keene, who is facing a 10-year stint in prison.

Liotta's daughter Karsen and fiancée Jacy Nittolo also walked the red carpet to commemorate one of his last roles.

Black Bird premieres July 8 on Apple TV+.

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'The Best Man: Final Chapters' coming to Peacock this winter

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The TV series inspired by The Best Man franchise will premiere just in time for Christmas.

The Best Man: Final Chapters will premiere December 22 on Peacock, Entertainment Tonight reports.

All the of the two movies, The Best Man in 1999 and The Best Man Holiday in 2013, have returned. Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Taye Diggs, Harold Perrineau, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall and Melissa De Sousa have been shooting in several locations, including the Dominican Republic. Nicole Ari Parker, from Empire, has also joined the all-star cast.

The director of the films, Malcolm D. Lee, is also back and has added another famed director for the series, Robert Townsend, whose credits include The Five Heartbeats and Hollywood Shuffle.

On Wednesday, Lee posted an Instagram video from Rockefeller Center in New York City as his crew prepared to shoot a scene.

According to Peacock, The Best Man: Final Chapters "will catch up with the leading characters Harper, Robyn, Jordan, Lance, Quentin, Shelby, Candace, and Murch as relationships evolve and past grievances resurface in the unpredictable stages of midlife crisis meets midlife renaissance."

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Netflix responds as 'Stranger Things' fans rally to "Protect Steve!"

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With Volume 2 of Stranger Things' fourth season dropping on Netflix Friday, some fans are trying to save their favorite character.

In a move reminiscent of Walking Dead fans declaring, "If Daryl dies, we riot," #Protect Steve! has been popping up in an effort to try to spare Joe Keery's character from a possibly horrible fate.

It seems Netflix has heard their cries, supporting the hashtag with outdoor billboards touting the same plea; the streaming service added in a social media caption "AT ALL COSTS!!!"

One fan replied, "If Steve dies, that’s it, I’m canceling my Netflix subscription," adding the caveat, "Until the last season comes out."

If indeed the five stages of potential grief include bargaining, some fans are apparently already there, with some offering alternatives for Vecna and his minions: "pls sacrifice dustin instead," one commenter replied, referencing Gaten Matarazzo's character.

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