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Ahoy, Matey! Did ya keep yer eyes on the silver screen this weekend? Did you sail with the 'Pirates' or save the universe with the 'Guardians of the Galaxy'? Or was it both?

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the No. 1 movie in North America, earning $62.2 million in receipts this weekend, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday.

Coming in at No. 2 is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with $19.9 million, followed by Baywatch at No. 3 with $18.1 million, Alien: Covenant at No. 4 with $10.5 million and Everything, Everything at No. 5 with $6.2 million.

Rounding out the top tier are Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul at No. 6 with $4.4 million, Snatched at No. 7 with $3.9 million, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword at No. 8 with $3.2 million, The Boss Baby at No. 9 with $1.7 million and Beauty and the Beast at No. 10 with $1.6 million.

Lots of things to see and no time to see it.

Be Well,
Steve


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Gregg Allman, Southern rock pioneer, dead at 69
Gregg Allman, a rock 'n' roll pioneer whose raspy voice and rollicking guitar helped define music in the 1970s, died Saturday after a long illness, his manager confirmed. He was 69.

Allman was one half of the namesake Allman Brothers Band, founded with his older brother Duane, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971 just as the group rose to stardom.

The 1972 classic "Ain't Wastin' No More Time" was Allman's tribute to his late brother. The band's other hits included the mournful ballad "Melissa," the blues soaked "Whipping Post" and a rock classic, "Ramblin' Man." Their 1974 album Brothers and Sisters went No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for five weeks, though none of the band's individual songs ever hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

As a solo artist, Allman also released the hit "Midnight Rider."

Allman's long blond hair and cool demeanor belied a musical career and personal life that was rife with tragedy, drama and addiction. A year after Duane Allman's death, the band suffered another tragic loss when bassist Berry Oakley died in an eerily similar fashion.

After two decades of personal rivalries, departures and break-ups ensued. Allman and founding guitarist Dicky Betts feuded for years over control of the band, leading to the first of several break-ups in 1976. Allman fell into the depths of alcoholism and heroin additcion and went through a string of marriages, most notably to pop star Cher from 1975-79.

The Allman Brothers Band experienced a revival in the mid-1990s and resumed touring with a revamped lineup, though Betts was eventually fired in 2000. Their annual springtime concert run of three weeks at New York's Beacon Theatre served as the linchpin to what was remained a commercially formidable road show.

The Nashville native's unique sound borrowed from many schools of modern music. The Southern guitar riffs were part British Invasion, part jam band and part country twang. His vocals recalled the roots of blues and soul.

The Allman Brothers Band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Allman credited his first long stretch of sobriety on rewatching his incoherent performance at the event.

After years battling drug addiction, Allman was diagnosed with Hepatitis-C in 1999 and received a liver transplant in 2000.

According to a statement posted on his website, Allman had suffered numerous health issues in his later years, though he maintained an occasional touring schedule with the band until their retirement in 2014.

Reports surfaced last month Allman was in hospice care.

"Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times," the statement said.

Michael Lehmen, his longtime manager, said Allman was a true rock genius.

"I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music. He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard. His love for his family and bandmates was passionate as was the love he had for his extraordinary fans. Gregg was an incredible partner and an even better friend. We will all miss him."

Allman was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.


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"I must have opened up a chakra in my hips."
--Katy Perry, on feeling sexually empowered, to Entertainment Weekly


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Which Late-Night talk show host underwent 'Wonder Woman' training with Gal Gadot?



HBO orders Season 5 of 'Silicon Valley,' T.J. Miller won't be back
HBO says it has renewed Silicon Valley for a fifth season to air in 2018, but co-star T.J. Miller isn't expected to return.

The comedy is set in the "modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success," the network noted in a press release.

Season 4 is to wrap up June 25. Other series regulars include Thomas Middleditch, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Jimmy O. Yang and Suzanne Cryer.

"The producers of Silicon Valley and T.J. Miller have mutually agreed that T.J. will not return for Season 5," HBO said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter Thursday. "In Erlich Bachman, T.J. has brought to life an unforgettable character, and while his presence on the show will be missed, we appreciate his contribution and look forward to future collaborations."


Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split up after 17 years of marriage
Married film stars Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor have split up after nearly two decades.

"With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate," the pair said in a joint statement Friday. "Our priority will continue to be raising our children as devoted parents and the closest of friends. We kindly ask that the media respect our privacy at this time."

Stiller, 51, and Taylor, 45, met while filming the unaired TV pilot Heat Vision and Jack and later appeared together on screen in Zoolander and its sequel Zoolander 2, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Tropic Thunder and Arrested Development. They have a 15-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son.


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Which Late-Night talk show host underwent 'Wonder Woman' training with Gal Gadot?

Conan O'Brien attempted to get into Wonder Woman shape Thursday on Conan alongside the Amazon warrior herself, Gal Gadot.

"I think you will be shocked at what this can do," O'Brien said of his physique as he met Gadot to take part in a round of exercises that the actress went through in order to prepare for the role of Wonder Woman.

When the late night host asked Gadot what were his strengths and weaknesses, she replied "Very weak legs." Afterwards, the 32-year-olds trainer Ruda Vrba agreed with the statement after O'Brien struggled to execute some high kicks.

The rest of the training included O'Brien taking part in swordplay and CGI bullet dodging while wearing Wonder Woman's signature bracelets

O'Brien then donned his own superhero costume complete with padded muscles and a bulge at his crotch in an effort to impress Gadot.

"It's really, really, really...it's just different," she said of the outfit.

Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Chris Pine, David Thewlis, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Connie Nielsen and Elena Anaya, arrives in theaters June 2.

On June 3, DC Comics will be holding a special day to celebrate Wonder Woman that will include guest speakers and free comic books that will be handed out at more than 2,000 comic book stores, bookstores and libraries.

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