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Entertainment News Roundup: Dutch band nixes Lebanon gig in solidarity with local artists; R. Kelly charged in Minnesota and more


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Updated: 06-08-2019 10:32 IST
Entertainment News Roundup: Dutch band nixes Lebanon gig in solidarity with local artists; R. Kelly charged in Minnesota and more

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Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.

Box Office: 'Hobbs & Shaw' finishes in first place with $60 million

Universal's "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" crossed the box office finish line in first place, debuting with $60.8 million from 4,253 North American locations. The big-budget spinoff, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, is expected to be an even bigger draw overseas, where the action franchise is hugely popular. "Hobbs & Shaw" kicked off internationally with a robust $120 million for a global start of $180 million. Though standalone vehicles aren't always as muscular as official franchise sequels, "Hobbs & Shaw" will have to lure crowds across the globe throughout the dog days of summer to justify its sizable $200 million budget. The "Fast & Furious" series has generated over $5 billion worldwide across eight films.

Dutch band nixes Lebanon gig in solidarity with local artists

Dutch band Within Temptation has canceled its concert at a big music festival in Lebanon to support the country's most popular indie band, whose own gig was axed after church pressure and death threats. Lebanon's Byblos festival said it was forced to pull the Mashrou' Leila show fearing "bloodshed" after church leaders accused the band of blasphemy and some Christian critics vowed to stop the concert by force.

Singer R. Kelly charged in Minnesota with soliciting sex from minor

Singer R. Kelly, jailed in New York last month after he was charged in Brooklyn and Chicago with numerous sexual misconduct felonies, was charged on Monday in Minnesota with soliciting sex from a minor at a Minneapolis hotel room 18 years ago. The 52-year-old R&B vocalist known for such hits as "I Believe I Can Fly," is accused in the Minnesota case of paying a 17-year-old girl $200 to take off her clothes and dance for him, and then engaging in sexual contact. (Complaint: http://bit.ly/2YKuBYK)

(With inputs from agencies.)