Box Office: 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' Cruises Past 'Christopher Robin' and much more
Shakira and Elton John played one-off concerts in Lebanon in recent months but the summer music festivals that helped make the country a cultural lodestar for the Arab world are struggling.
Box Office: 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' Cruises Past 'Christopher Robin'
Tom Cruise easily conquered Winnie the Pooh at the domestic box office. "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" generated $35 million from 4,395 locations in its sophomore frame, while Disney's "Christopher Robin" opened at the lower end of forecasts with $25 million from 3,602 screens.
Lebanon's glamorous music festivals struggle in tough times
Shakira and Elton John played one-off concerts in Lebanon in recent months but the summer music festivals that helped make the country a cultural lodestar for the Arab world are struggling. In the 1960s and 1970s, jazz legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and Miles Davis, and the greatest Arab singers, Um Kulthoum and Fairouz, performed at ruined Roman temples during the Baalbek festival or at pretty seaside towns.
U.S. pop singer Demi Lovato spoke out on Sunday about her battle with addiction, saying she needed "time to heal and focus on my sobriety" days after media reports said she was taken to a Los Angeles hospital suffering from a suspected overdose. "I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction," the 25-year-old Grammy-nominated recording artist wrote on Instagram. "What I've learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet."
'Murphy Brown' revival to tackle sexual misconduct with #MurphyToo
Emmy-winning comedy "Murphy Brown" will return to CBS television for the first time in 20 years with an episode that addresses the #MeToo movement of women breaking their silence about sexual harassment, the series' creator said on Sunday. The new season starring Candice Bergen as a pioneering newswoman is scheduled to premiere on Sept. 27.
Celebrity rappers ordered held in custody for a month pending trial after French airport brawl
French judges ruled on Saturday that two celebrity rappers should be held in custody ahead of their trial in a month's time following a brawl in the departure lounge of a Paris airport earlier this week. The two, Booba, 41, and Kaaris, 38, were arrested on Wednesday in the aftermath of a fight between their respective entourages, during which punches and kicks were exchanged and bottles containing perfume were thrown, sending other passengers scurrying for safety.
Russia tasks Hollywood actor Seagal with improving U.S. ties
Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it had made U.S. actor Steven Seagal its special representative for Russian-U.S. humanitarian ties, a role it said was meant to deepen cultural, art and youth ties between the two countries. President Vladimir Putin presented a Russian passport to U.S. actor Steven Seagal in 2016, saying he hoped it would serve as a symbol of how fractious ties between Moscow and Washington were starting to improve.
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