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Folks showed up for the 'Kingsman' over the weekend!

The British spy comedy Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the No. 1 movie in North America, earning $39 million in receipts, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday.

Coming in at No. 2 is It with $30 million, followed by The LEGO Ninjago Movie at No. 3 with $21.2 million, American Assassin at No. 4 with $6.3 million and Home Again at No. 5 with $3.31 million.

Rounding out the top tier are mother! at No. 6 with $3.26 million, Friend Request at No. 7 with $2.4 million, The Hitman's Bodyguard at No. 8 with $1.9 million, Stronger at No. 9 with $1.7 million and Wind River at No. 10 with $1.3 million.

I'd like to see Kingsman: The Golden Circle, but I think I'll wait until it's on the cable or the Netflix.

Be Well,
Steve


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Jennifer Lopez pledges $1M to aid hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, Caribbean
Jennifer Lopez announced at a New York press conference Sunday she is donating $1 million from proceeds of her Las Vegas shows to benefit those in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

"Alex Rodriguez and I, who are both New Yorkers, are using all our resources and relationships in entertainment, sports and business to garner support for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean," The Hollywood Reporter quoted Lopez as saying first in Spanish, then in English, at the event attended by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Lopez and Rodriguez aren't the only celebrities trying to help. Dozens of Latin music artists are to take part in Sunday's benefit program, Todos Unidos [All Together].

To be hosted by Mario Kreutzberger and Don Francisco, the telethon is to support people impacted by recent earthquakes in Mexico, and Hurricanes Maria, Harvey and Irma in Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida. The show will be broadcast from Miami, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Houston and Los Angeles and will air simultaneously across Telemundo, the cable network Universo and the Telemundo Internacional Cable Channel in Mexico.

The 4-hour fundraiser is expected to feature performances by Chyno, Elvis Crespo, Luis Fonsi, Ricardo Montaner, Ednita Nazario, Justin Quiles, Roberto Tapia, Noel Torres and Yuri. In addition, Lopez, Miguel Bose, Kate del Castillo, Larry Hernandez, Rafael, Prince Royce, Alejandro Sanz, Thalia and Daddy Yankee will "join to bring a message of hope in these moments of solidarity," a press release said.

Earlier this month, the star-studded, multi-network telethon Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief raised at least $44 million for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.


Soul singer Charles Bradley dead of cancer at 68
Soul singer Charles Bradley, who rose to prominence late in life after spending years as a journeyman cover band singer, died Saturday of cancer, his record label said. He was 68.

Bradley began touring in the 1990s in small clubs as a James Brown impersonator under the stage name Black Velvet, belting out the late Godfather of Soul's famous hits. Bradley was first discovered by the cofounder of Daptones Records, Gabriel Roth, aka Bosco Mann, whose label specializes in re-envisioned soul, blues and R&B acts.

Bradley's death is the second blow to the Daptones lineup this year, after vocalist Sharon Jones of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, also died of cancer.

Bradley began releasing singles under Daptones in 2002. His powerful vocals harkened back to the golden era of soul in the 1960s and 70s, with inflections of Brown and Otis Redding. Bradley put out his first full-length album No Time for Dreaming in 2011 at the age of 62. He would go on to release two more studio albums, the most recent being Changes in 2016. His performance of a track from that album on CBS This Morning earned Bradley an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Live Performance on a Daytime Program.

Just prior to releasing Changes, Bradley was diagnosed with stomach cancer. He underwent treatment and was declared cancer-free months later, only to see the cancer return within a year. Bradley canceled a 2017 tour, but promised fans he would be back "with God's will." After the cancer spread to his liver, Bradley was never able to return to the stage.

Bradley was born in Gainsville, Fla., on Nov. 5, 1948, but moved to Brooklyn at age 8 and spent the rest of his childhood and long portions of his life there. After moving around the country and enduring stints of homelessness, Bradley returned to New York in the 90s, where his music career began to flourish. His club performances became an underground sensation, gaining the attention of Roth and leading to a record deal with Daptones.

"The world lost a ton of heart today," Roth said. "Charles was somehow one of the meekest and strongest people I've ever known. His pain was a cry for universal love and humanity. His soulful moans and screams will echo forever on records and in the ears and hearts of those who were fortunate enough to share time with him."

Bradley's representatives released a statement saying he died Saturday at his Brooklyn home surrounded by family and many of the musicians he'd worked with over his career.

"Thank you for your prayers during this difficult time," the statement concluded. "Mr. Bradley was truly grateful for all the love he's received from his fans and we hope his message of love is remembered and carried on."


LOOSE LIPS:
"We're all having so much fun and it's very emotional. It's sort of our signature. If they're looking for a good weep, they won't be disappointed."
--Mandy Moore, on the upcoming season of This Is Us, to PEOPLE



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Which Oscar-winning actor has dual British-Italian citizenship?


Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews Band headline Concert for Charlottesville
Justin Timberlake took the stage at A Concert for Charlottesville hosted by The Dave Matthews Band Sunday alongside Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande.

The free concert was organized to help heal the city following the protests that rocked the area in August. Donations that were accepted went to help victims from the protests as well as their families and first responders.

Timberlake began his set by covering Sam Cooke's 1964 civil rights ballad "A Change is Gonna Come," Entertainment Tonight reported.

The pop star shared on Instagram footage of himself thanking the fans in attendance onstage with the caption, "Thank you #Charlottesville! There was so much love in the air tonight!"

Williams also got political during his performance when he took a knee in reference to President Donald Trump condemning NFL players who have kneeled during the national anthem as a form of protest. "If I want to get on my knees right now for the people of my city, for the people of my state, that's what this flag is for," Williams said.

The Dave Matthews Band meanwhile performed John Lennon's "Imagine" alongside Stevie Wonder and brought Susan Bro, the mother of 32-year-old Heath Heyer who was killed during the protests, onstage.

Other performers included Chris Stapleton, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, and Cage the Elephant.


'It' becomes highest-grossing U.S. horror film of all time
Continuing its torrid pace at the box office, It, the adaptation of Stephen King's novel about a child-eating clown, is now the highest-grossing horror movie in U.S. history.

The film overtook the 1973 horror classic The Exorcist on the U.S. box office list this week.

The distinction comes with a few asterisks. The Exorcist is still the highest-grossing horror movie when factoring in global box office revenue, and the list does not factor in the inflated cost of movie tickets in 2017, compared to the cost of a ticket in 1973.

Still, the Warner Bros. and New Line production has hauled in a whopping $236.3 million in the United States in just two weeks, making it the highest-grossing September movie release of all time. It cost an economical $35 million to make.

Forbes estimated It could wind up topping $313 million in domestic box office receipts by the end of its run.

If those predictions hold, It would overtake The Exorcist for the top international gross for an R-rated horror film. The film trails the record by about $40 million entering its third weekend in wide release. Given the response so far, theater owners are likely to keep the film playing through the run-up to Halloween next month.


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Which Oscar-winning actor has dual British-Italian citizenship?

Actor Colin Firth, who was born in England, now has dual British-Italian citizenship.

The BBC quoted the 57-year-old screen icon as saying he made the decision because he has been connected to Italy "for more than two decades now."

The King's Speech, Bridget Jones's Diary and Pride & Prejudice star is married to Italian film producer Livia Giuggioli, who gave birth to their two sons in Italy.

"I was married there and had two children born in Rome," Firth said, adding Giuggioli has applied for a British passport, while his children already have dual citizenship.

"We never really thought much about our different passports," Firth explained. "But now, with some of the uncertainty around, we thought it sensible that we should all get the same."

"My wife and I are both extremely proud of our own countries. We feel that we've made a gift of that to each other," ITV News reported Firth said in a statement. "I will always be extremely British [you only have to look at or listen to me.] Britain is our home and we love it here."

The Italian interior ministry confirmed to the BBC that Firth had been granted dual citizenship.

"The very famous actor, who won an Oscar for the film The King's Speech, is married to a citizen from our country and has often declared his love for our land," the ministry said.

Firth can now be seen in the film Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

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