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"See you at the movies": Tom Cruise thanks theaters, fans as 'Top Gun: Maverick' passes $1 billion mark

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On Monday afternoon, Tom Cruise took to Twitter as his Top Gun: Maverick surpassed the $1 billion mark at the box office.

Cruise, the producer and star of the blockbuster, was adamant that his film avoid debuting on streaming, choosing instead with Paramount Pictures to delay the movie multiple times during the pandemic, with the goal of getting the film on the big screen.

His message didn't specifically mention Top Gun's bottom line -- it is now his biggest movie ever -- but instead thanked everybody who fought to preserve the theatrical experience.

Cruise noted, "To all the films in release, to all the studios, and to all the exhibitors: congratulations. To the audience: thank you for venturing out and allowing us to entertain you."

He added, "See you at the movies."

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HBO says the fourth season of 'Succession' is underway

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With the release of a photo of the show's "clapper," HBO announced Monday that shooting on the fourth season of the Emmy-winning series Succession has begun.

The show, which has earned 23 Emmy nominations and nine wins, as well as trophies from the Screen Actors Guild and others, will have a 10-episode fourth season, HBO revealed.

The series centers on the powerful Roy family, led by patriarch Logan Roy -- played by Emmy winner Brian Cox -- and the family drama surrounding the members serving in his media empire, including fellow Emmy winner Jeremy Strong's Kendall, Kieran Culkin's Roman, Sarah Snook's Siobhan and Alan Ruck's Connor.

The network teases of the upcoming season: "The sale of media conglomerate Waystar Royco to tech visionary Lukas Matsson moves ever closer. The prospect of this seismic sale provokes existential angst and familial division among the Roys as they anticipate what their lives will look like once the deal is completed. A power struggle ensues as the family weighs up a future where their cultural and political weight is severely curtailed."

The season is expected to debut next year.

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Jodie Sweetin addresses "police brutality" incident during abortion rights protest

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Jodie Sweetin guest hosted E!'s Daily Pop show on Monday and addressed getting shoved by Los Angeles police officers on Saturday while she was protesting the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The actress recalled, "We were there protesting, and they were walking us back where we were, and one of the officers just snatched my bag and tossed me forward."

Sweetin said she had no plans to press charges. "We took care of the situation. We didn't use that as an excuse to do anything further. We continued our march, and we were out there probably another four or five hours marching downtown," she said.

The Full House star was keen to shift the spotlight away from the highly publicized incident. "Above all, I want to continue to not make this about me."

The star explained, "People are shocked when they see Stephanie Tanner, something happened to her, and all of a sudden it makes it more real, and I hate that it takes people knowing someone, being someone that they recognize, for people to be outraged or take action."

The 40-year-old former child star also added, "If people are disturbed by what they saw, let me tell you: I've spent a lot of time protesting out in the streets and that is a very minor incident of police brutality."

Sweetin vowed to "continue to bring the focus back to women's rights and also to police brutality."

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The King reigns at the box office: 'Elvis' edged out 'Top Gun: Maverick' after all

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It was a dogfight at the box office over the weekend, but in the end, Elvis downed Maverick.

Newly revised numbers quoted by Variety show that Baz Luhrmann's Presley biopic beat Tom Cruise's sequel by around a million bucks -- close, but still good enough for a first place finish.

The trade reports that Elvis made $31.1 million in its first weekend in theaters, while Top Gun: Maverick brought in $29.6 million in its fifth weekend in theaters. Earlier estimates had the movies tied at $30.5 million apiece.

That said, don't feel bad for Tom: Maverick is the star's biggest hit of his long career and flew past the billion-dollar mark at the global box office after just a month.

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Mishael Morgan becomes first Black woman to win lead actress award at Daytime Emmys

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Mishael Morgan made history Friday night as she became the first Black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama: Actress.

She was previously nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2018 and 2019 for her role as Hilary Curtis in The Young and the Restless. After starring in the series since 2013, this year, Morgan won for her current role as Amanda Sinclair.

"I was born on a tiny island in the Caribbean, and I'm now standing on an international stage and I am being honored regardless of the color of my skin, regardless of my passport, for being the best at what I do," the 35-year-old actress said in her acceptance speech. "Now there are little girls around the world and no matter what the industry, the vocation … they can strive to be the best."

"I need to thank the fans and everybody sitting at home," Morgan continued. "They embraced me when I came on this show and I am so immensely proud of our generation."

"We are breaking glass ceilings left right and center and I am so honored to be a vessel and to experience this moment. Everybody out there today, we can do this thing called equality and unity together," she added.

Morgan posted an Instagram photo holding her trophy, which she captioned, "It wasn't a dream. We did this. I am so blessed to be living in a time, where this could be a part of my story."

Other winners at the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards included Steve Harvey, Outstanding Game Show Host for Family Feud, and Tamron Hall, Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host for her self-titled show. Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts also won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Informative Talk Show.

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'Thor: Love and Thunder' inspires makeup palette

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Sometimes, you just want your eyes to sparkle. In case you don't have the power to control lightning to get that effect, Ulta Beauty has you covered.

The cosmetics company has revealed its "Be Worthy break apart eye shadow palette," inspired by the upcoming film Thor: Love and Thunder. The kit features sparkly shades with names like Electrify, Goddess, Protector of the Cosmos, and Hero's Journey. Naturally, there's a shade called Love and another, Thunder.

As its name suggests, the palette breaks apart -- like Thor's hammer Mjölnir did. One side bears shades emulating the new armor of Chris Hemsworth's character, while the other side's colors more closely reflect the literal glow-up Natalie Portman's character, Jane Foster, gets when she becomes Mighty Thor.

The set retails for $25.

Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters July 8 from Marvel Studios, which is owned by ABC News' parent company Disney.

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Better Call Carol: Burnett to appear in final season of her "favorite show" 'Better Call Saul'

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AMC's acclaimed drama Better Call Saul just recruited another Emmy winner for its final season: Carol Burnett.

The network announced Monday that the iconic comedienne will guest in multiple episodes of the series' sixth season, playing a character named "Marion."

"I'm thrilled to be a part of my favorite show," Burnett enthused in the announcement.

As previously reported, Breaking Bad Emmy winners Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul will also appear in the spin-off's final season, reprising their respective Breaking Bad roles of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.

The series, produced by Sony Pictures Television, returns for its final six episodes beginning Monday, July 11 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC and AMC+. The series finale will air on August 15.

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Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige teases big return to July's San Diego Comic-Con

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Marvel Studios stormed 2019's San Diego Comic-Con, where the studio's head Kevin Feige teased projects, including eventual Emmy nominees The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and WandaVision as well as big-screen hits, including Black Widow, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.

Both 2020 and 2021's San Diego Comic-Cons were moved to virtual events because of the pandemic. However, while promoting the Thor four-quel on Friday, Feige said Marvel Studios is coming back to San Diego's famed Hall H this year, where big projects are announced.

"Yes, you can," Feige said when asked if fans can expect a return in 2022.

"We'll be at Comic-Con next month, which we're excited about. First time since we were on stage there three years ago, talking about this movie [Love and Thunder] and many others."

He added, "So, yes, we're excited to go and talk about the future. We always look at five, ten years ahead --and it changes and twists and turns -- but that's usually, you know, as far out as we go, and then start to build it."

Feige has a lot to tease come July when San Diego Comic-Con returns, including 2023's big-screen sequels Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, The Marvels and Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, as well as the reboot of Blade starring two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali and Disney+ projects, including Ironheart, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and Secret Invasion.

Thor: Love and Thunder, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale and Oscar-winning writer-director Taika Waititi, opens July 8.

Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Matthew McConaughey responds after new gun legislation passes

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After making a plea for gun reform at the White House earlier this month, Matthew McConaughey is reacting to the passing of new gun legislation this weekend.

After President Joe Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act on Saturday, McConaughey took to social media to share his thoughts.

"While this bill isn't perfect, it is a shining example of a great American potential and political virtue: the act of compromise and validating an opposing viewpoint,” he wrote in part.

McConaughey added, "This bill will save innocent lives by keeping guns out of the law breaking and irresponsible hands that are trying to hijack the Second Amendment…Our government took a step in the right direction. Now it's time for us to remind them AND ourselves what the best of our country is AND can be."

The actor stepped up his gun reform activism following the May 24 school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, his hometown. The shooting killed 19 elementary school students and two teachers.

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In Brief: 'General Hospital' cleans up at Daytime Emmys, and more

ABC’s General Hospital led the 2022 Daytime Emmy Awards with five wins for best drama series, including supporting actor and actress honors for Jeff Kober and Kelly Thiebaud, respectively; Nicholas Chavez for young performer in a drama series; and the drama’s writing team. Best actor and actress trophies went to The Bold and the Beautiful’s John McCook and The Young and the RestlessMishael Morgan, respectively -- the latter making history as the first Black actress to win in the category. The Kelly Clarkson Show won a pair of awards for best entertainment talk show and best entertainment talk show host; Tamron Hall also won for informative talk show host. Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts won for best informative talk show; Steve Harvey won best game show host for Family Feud; and Jeopardy! earned best game show honors. The full list of winners can be found at TheEmmys.tv/daytime...

Deadline reports Hulu has canceled Woke, its hybrid live-action-animated original comedy series inspired by the life of award-winning artist Keith Knight, after two seasons. Woke follows Keef, an African-American cartoonist -- played by Lamorne Morris -- who is on the verge of mainstream success when an unexpected event changes his life, and he must navigate the new voices and ideas challenging him, without destroying what he’s already built...

Sutton Foster will miss some performances of The Music Man after announcing on Sunday that she tested positive for COVID-19. “Hi everybody I just wanted to let everyone know that today, this morning, I tested positive for Covid,” Sutton, 47, shared in a video posted on Instagram. “I just send all my love to everybody at the Winter Garden and to all of you. Stay healthy, stay safe and see you soon,” she added. Foster's co-star, Hugh Jackman, tested positive for COVID-19 in December...

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'Elvis' and 'Top Gun: Maverick' duke it out for box office top spot with $30.5 million each

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We have a dogfight between the reigning domestic box office champ Top Gun: Maverick and the new Elvis biopic, starring Tom Hanks and Austin Butler. As of Monday morning, the two are in a dead heat for first place with an estimated $30.5 million each. We'll have to wait until later Monday to find out which film comes out the winner.

Overseas, Elvis picked up an estimated $20 million, bringing its opening-week global tally to $50.5 million.

Top Gun: Maverick, meanwhile, has earned $484.7 million internationally, putting its five-week worldwide gross at $1.01 billion. It's now the first 2022 movie to cross the billion-dollar mark and just the second to accomplish that in the COVID-19 era, after Spider-Man: No Way Home, which grossed in $1.9 billion. It's also the first Tom Cruise-starring film to cross the billion-dollar global earnings mark.

Jurassic World: Dominion dropped to third place, grabbing an estimated $26.4 million. The film has so far racked up $302.8 million domestically, to go along with $443.9 million overseas, putting its worldwide total gross at $746.7 million.

It was a fourth-place debut for the Ethan Hawke thriller The Black Phone, which beat expectations with an estimated $23.4 million. The film also did well overseas, where it earned an estimated $12.5 million, for a worldwide total of $35.8 million.

Rounding out the top five is Disney-Pixar's Lightyear with an estimated with $17.7 million. Its two-week domestic total now stands at $88.8 million, to go along with $63.6 million internationally. Lightyear's global tally sits at $152.4 million.


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"I love you, Woody": Alec Baldwin will interview controversial filmmaker Tuesday

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On his Instagram account, Alec Baldwin announced via video that he will interview another controversial star, Woody Allen, and Baldwin says he "could not care less" about anyone who has a problem with that.

The actor is no stranger to controversy himself, in light of the investigation into the 2021 fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Baldwin's movie, Rust. Baldwin, a producer of the movie and the man holding the pistol when the fatal shot was discharged, is also named in a wrongful death suit.

Regarding his interview subject, Baldwin made reference to the 2021 HBO documentary film, Allen v. Farrow, which detailed allegations Oscar-winner Allen sexually abused his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, when she was a child.

Allen has repeatedly denied the allegations, which first surfaced in 2013, but his career was upended during the height of the MeToo movement: Amazon Studios cancelled a multi-million dollar contract with the filmmaker, leading him to sue for breach of contract in 2019.

For his part, Baldwin captioned his video, "Let me preface this by stating that I have ZERO INTEREST in anyone’s judgments and sanctimonious posts here. I am OBVIOUSLY someone who has my own set of beliefs and COULD NOT CARE LESS about anyone else’s speculation. If you believe that a trial should be conducted by way of an HBO documentary, that's your issue."

Baldwin will conduct the interview with Allen on Instagram live on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time.

“I love you, Woody,” Baldwin closed his video post. “Instagram, I'm with Woody, Tuesday, 10:30. Be there."

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'Full House' star Jodie Sweetin pushed to ground by LAPD during protest

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In a video circulating online over the weekend, Full House star Jodie Sweetin was seen being pushed to the ground by Los Angeles police during a protest over the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The clip shows Sweetin being grabbed and shoved by LAPD officers at the Saturday rally. She’s quickly helped to her feet by fellow protestors.

On Sunday, the actress reshared a posting of the video, commenting, “Thank you for posting. Love everyone out there in the streets fighting for what’s right…”

She also released a statement through her publicist, saying, “I’m extremely proud of the hundreds of people who showed up yesterday to exercise their First Amendment rights and take immediate action to peacefully protest the giant injustices that have been delivered from our Supreme Court.”

The statement continued, “Our activism will continue until our voices are heard and action is taken. This will not deter us, we will continue fighting for our rights. We are not free until ALL of us are free.”

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'Thor: Love and Thunder' baddie Christian Bale says SCOTUS ruling shows the "superpower" of voting

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Christian Bale paused a promotional interview for his upcoming role in Marvel Studios' Thor: Love and Thunder Friday afternoon to briefly address the SCOTUS ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

Bale plays Gorr the God Butcher in the upcoming film, which deals with the question of what makes a hero.

"Just in light of what happened today [with the] Supreme Court and everything. 'What's a true superhero?'" he asked rhetorically.

"We all have a superhero power, and that is voting," Bale said. "And that's incredibly important."

Marvel Studios' Thor: Love and Thunder, which also stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Russell Crowe, Tessa Thompson and writer-director Taika Waititi, opens July 8.

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"Rage": Stars react to Roe v. Wade being overturned

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) Friday's Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade reverberated through Hollywood, with many stars taking to social media to vent their frustrations.

Here are some of those who posted:

Cher: TODAY, TRUMPS RADICAL (REPUBLICAN) SUPREME COURT,BECAME RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN WOMEN.THEY CAN’T BE PROSECUTED, BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE…“THEY ARE GUILTY”‼️ WHAT OTHER RIGHTS (WE TAKE 4 GRANTED) ARE NEXT!? BE AFRAID BE VERY AFRAID‼️

Rachel Zegler: "Why the f*** don't you care about us? why the f*** do you think you have any say over our bodies?"

Rob Reiner: "Don’t despair. Fight back!! Hold the House, add 2 seats to the Senate, kill the filibuster, codify Roe, and add seats to SCOTUS. 2022 will determine it all. VOTE!!!"

Ariana DeBose: "I have nothing nice to say at this moment in time."

Al Franken: "Today’s decision is the culmination of a 50 year project by GOP operatives, religious fundamentalists, billionaire oligarchs, & right-wing media. Work, donate, vote!!! #RoeVsWade #Dobbs

Padma Lakshmi: "People will still get abortions. These procedures won't stop just because Roe v. Wade is overturned. This will only prevent safe, legal abortions from taking place. People who have the money, time, and resources will still find avenues for their procedures. But the most vulnerable of our community? What choices are those individuals, who are mostly BIPOC, left with? This is the catalyst for a public health crisis. The right to decide when to start a family or not is a choice every individual should be able to make on their terms when the time is right for them. This freedom and dignity is something we should all fight to preserve."

Bill Gates: "This is a sad day. Reversing Roe v. Wade is an unjust and unacceptable setback. And it puts women’s lives at risk, especially the most disadvantaged."

Bette Midler: "GET READY, GAYS. YOU’RE NEXT."

Josh Gad: "You don't need 280 characters today. Just one word: Rage"

 

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