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Hooray for 'Wonder Woman'! She won the weekend box office!

Gal Gadot's superheroine movie Wonder Woman is the No. 1 movie in North America this weekend, earning $100.5 million in receipts, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday.

Coming in at No. 2 is Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie with $23.5 million, followed by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales at No. 3 with $21.6 million, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at No. 4 with $9.7 million and Baywatch at No. 5 with $8.5 million.

Rounding out the top tier are Alien: Covenant at No. 6 with $4 million, Everything, Everything at No. 7 with $3.3 million, Snatched at No. 8 with $1.3 million, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul at No. 9 with $1.2 million and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword at No. 10 with $1.17 million.

Did you see 'Wonder Woman'? Or did you do what I did and stayed home and watched the Lynda Carter 'Wonder Woman' TV show?

Be Well,
Steve


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Kathy Griffin on Trump photo: 'If you don't stand up, you get run over'
Kathy Griffin held a press conference Friday to address her controversial anti-Trump photo and the ensuing harassment she has faced following its release.

The 56-year-old comedian was accompanied by victims rights attorney Lisa Bloom as Griffin shared her reasoning behind the photo, how it has affected her career and how she feels bullied by the president and the federal government.

The photo, taken by celebrity photographer Tyler Shields, was released Tuesday and featured Griffin holding up a bloody, decapitated head resembling Trump. Griffin apologized for the image, stating "I went too far," following backlash on social media.

Trump responded to Griffin on Twitter writing, "Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!"

The secret service also launched an investigation into the matter saying that the photo could be perceived as a threat.

"If you don't stand up, you get run over. What's happening to me has never happened in the history of this great country. A sitting president of the United States and his grown children and the first lady, I feel, are personally trying to ruin my life forever," Griffin said to reporters.

"Regarding the image, that apology absolutely still stands. I feel horrible. If I could redo the whole thing, I would have a blow-up doll and ketchup," she continued.

Griffin said she has received death threats following the incident. "I'm teasing the President. This is America and you shouldn't have to die for it. The death threats are constant and they are detailed and they are serious and they are specific. Today it's me and tomorrow it could be you."

Despite the controversy, Griffin still intends to poke fun at Trump. "I'm going to make fun of him more now. I have no desire to hurt anybody ... I'm under a secret service investigation ... they are using me as the shiny object so that no one is talking about this FBI investigation. I made a horrible mistake and horrible call."

"I just want to make people laugh, that's all I want to do and I screwed up," Griffin said fighting back tears.

Following the photos release, Griffin says she has lost a number of comedy jobs. She was fired from CNN as co-host of the company's annual New Yea's Eve coverage.

"The message is clear. You criticize the president, you lose your job," Bloom said.


Ariana Grande's 'One Love Manchester' raises $3M for bombing victims
Ariana Grande's star-studded One Love Manchester benefit concert raised more than $3 million for the victims of the May 22 suicide bombing in England.

"We've raised an incredible £2.35 MILLION during #OneLoveManchester! Thank you so much for your donations," the British Red Cross tweeted.

Grande, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Take That and Pharrell Williams performed during the show, which was live-streamed online and broadcast on the BBC, ABC and Freeform.

Twenty-two people were killed and dozens more injured in the incident after Grande's show in Manchester last month.

Her One Love concert took place just hours after another terror attack killed seven and hurt 50 in London.


LOOSE LIPS:
"I haven't made one mistake that I haven't used as a stepping stone to get somewhere else. I'm ruthless when it comes to using the hard things."
--Gwyneth Paltrow, on seeing major life moments as an opportunity for growth, to The EDIT



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Drugs not a factor in Cornell's death, toxicology says
Drugs were found in the biological system of rocker Chris Cornell but they played no active role in his suicide last month, a toxicology report said Friday.

The Wayne County, Mich., medical examiner issued the singer's autopsy and toxicology report, which identified traces of multiple medications in his system at the time of his death -- the opioid blocker naloxone, the decongestant pseudoephedrine, the sedative lorazepam and the barbituate butalbital. All of the drugs but pseudoephedrine require a doctor's prescription.

The report, however, notes that none of the drugs contributed to Cornell's death. He was found hanged in a Detroit hotel room following a concert on May 18.

"It is my opinion that death was caused by hanging," Wayne County assistant medical examiner Theodore Brown said in a post mortem report. "Based on the circumstances surrounding this death and the autopsy findings, the manner of death is suicide."

The ME's report also noted that Cornell's injuries "were all consistent with hanging, partially suspended by [a] resistance exercise band."

Following the release of the toxicology report, Cornell's widow told Rolling Stone that the singer had not been an active drug user for more than a decade.

"Many of us who know Chris well, noticed that he wasn't himself during his final hours and that something was very off," Vicky Karayiannis said Friday. "After so many years of sobriety, this moment of terrible judgement seems to have completely impaired and altered his state of mind."

Immediately after her husband's death, Karayiannis pointed out that lorazepam -- often sold under the brand name Ativan -- can produce suicidal thoughts.

"Something clearly went terribly wrong and my children and I are heartbroken and are devastated that this moment can never be taken back," she added Friday.

Cornell, 52, achieved success with his band Soundgarden from 1984-1997, winning two Grammy awards and receiving 12 nominations. He embarked on a solo career in 1998 and founded Audioslave in 2001 before rejoining Soundgarden in 2010.

Cornell's highest-charting solo single on the Billboard 100, You Know My Name, was featured in the opening credits to the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale. His 2015 song Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart reached No. 2 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart. Cornell was also a favorite of filmmaker Michael Mann, who featured three Audioslave songs in the acclaimed films Collateral (2004) and Miami Vice (2006).

Cornell also scored two No. 1 albums in the United States -- Soundgarden's Superunknown in 1994 and Audioslave's Out of Exile in 2005. His best performing solo effort, 2009's Scream, reached No. 10 on the U.S. album chart.


'Battle of the Network Stars:' Ronda Rousey, DeMarcus Ware named team captains
Super Bowl 50 winner DeMarcus Ware and MMA fighter Ronda Rousey have been named the team captains for the revival of Battle of the Network Stars.

ESPN's Mike Greenberg and Joe Tessitore will host the 10-episode show, which is to return to ABC on June 29. The competition series originally ran 1976-88.

The next 100 competitors -- TV stars from 14 different network and cable companies -- are expected to be announced at a later date.

"If someone could go back in time and tell the 10-year-old me, glued to the television, watching Howard Cosell and all the biggest names in television running obstacle courses and playing tug of war, that someday he would be directly involved with Battle of the Network Stars, he would have said it was the coolest thing ever. Decades later, that's exactly how I feel," Greenberg said in a statement Thursday.

"We believe there is no format which is a better time machine than Battle of the Network Stars, plus the name itself fills you with nostalgia and a sense of positive energy -- like the beach party you really want to be invited to with your favorite people from TV. For this new version, the network vs. network format didn't make as much sense as fielding teams based on the characters people love from over the years to the current day -- Cops vs. TV Sitcoms, White House vs. Lawyers, TV Moms & Dads vs. TV Kids, etc. In this way, we'll get to see everyone's favorites from over the years, even if they spanned different networks at the time," added executive producer Andrew Glassman.


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Syfy announced the official title and guest stars for the next installment in its Sharkando franchise.

Celebrities booked for cameos in Sharknado 5: Global Swarming include Fabio, Tony Hawk, Clay Aiken, Olivia Newton-John and her daughter Chloe, Bret Michaels, Charo, Gilbert Gottfried, Al Roker, Chris Kattan, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb.

The creature feature, which has the tagline "Make America Bait Again," will premiere on the cable network on Aug. 6.

"Pack your passport and grab a chainsaw, because Sharkando is going global!" a press release said. "Taking the world -- and unsuspecting celebrities -- by storm, the movie event of the century blows into town this summer."

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