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I'm back! The vacation did me well. Didn't see any new movies, but I'm going to get out to the theater soon. Getting to the movies lately has been...Mission: Impossible. Great segue!

Tom Cruise's action-adventure Mission: Impossible -- Fallout is the No. 1 movie in North America, earning an additional $35 million in receipts during its second weekend in theaters, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday.

Coming in at No. 2 is Disney's Christopher Robin with $25 million, followed by The Spy Who Dumped Me at No. 3 with $12.4 million, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again at No. 4 with $9 million and The Equalizer 2 at No. 5 with $8.8 million.

Rounding out the top tier are Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation at No. 6 with $8.2 million, Ant-Man and the Wasp at No. 7 with $6.2 million, The Darkest Minds at No. 8 with $5.8 million, The Incredibles 2 at No. 9 with $5 million and Teen Titans Go! to the Movies at No. 10 with $4.9 million.

Mission: Impossible -- Fallout opened at No. 1 at U.S. and Canadian theaters last weekend with $31.5 million in receipts.

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Steve


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Charlotte Rae, 'The Facts of Life' star dead at 92
Charlotte Rae, the actress best known for starring as Edna Garrett in Diff'rent Strokes followed by its spinoff The Facts of Life, has died at the age of 92.

Rae died inside her home in Los Angeles, publicist Harlan Boll confirmed. The television star announced in April 2017 that she was diagnosed with bone cancer, choosing not to undergo treatment.

"Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again or opt for life. I love life. I've had a wonderful one already ... I've had a great life, but I have so many wonderful things happening. I'd like to choose life. I'm grateful for the life I've already had," she said at the time in a statement.

Rae first portrayed housekeeper Mrs. Garrett on Diff'rent Strokes before she continued playing the character for seven seasons on The Facts of Life. The spinoff followed a girls boarding school with Mrs. Garrett serving as the house mother who would help students with life advice. The show tackled themes of dating, depression and AIDS.

Rae exited The Facts of Life in 1986 due to health reasons with actress Cloris Leachman stepping in as the sister of Mrs. Garrett. The show went off the air two years later. Rae also portrayed Mrs. Garrett in 1982's The Facts of Life Goes to Paris and in 2001's The Facts of Life Reunion.

Rae, who received two Tony Award nominations for her stage work in Pickwick in 1966 and for Morning, Noon and Night in 1969, also appeared in other television shows such as The United States Steel Hour, The Phil Silvers Show, Car 54, Where Are You?, The Defenders, The Partridge Family, McMillan & Wife, Love, American Style, All in the Family, Good Times, Barney Miller, Sesame Street, The Rich Little Show, 101 Dalmatians: The Series, ER, The King of Queens, Murder She Wrote, Sisters and Girl Meets World, among others.

She starred in films including Bananas, Hello Down There, Jenny, The Hot Rock, Hair, Don't Mess With the Zohan, Love Sick Love and Ricki and the Flash.

Rae released a memoir in 2015 titled The Facts of My Life which discussed her struggle with discovering that her husband at the time, John Strauss, was bisexual.

Rae is survived by her son Larry Strauss and his wife, sister Miriam and grandchildren Sean, Carly and Nora. Her first son Andrew Strauss died in 1999.

"You all already know my heart is heavy yet.... sorry, no words at the moment just love and tears... and yeah, smiles.... #charlotterae #ripcharlotterae," The Facts of Life star Kim Fields said on Twitter.

"It's with a heavy heart & lots of tears (but a smile as i think of her) that I now move through the world without this incredible force of a woman being in it. she was my champion, a teacher, a proud example of the tenacity and perseverance needed to live an actor's life. i love you char. i will continue to make you proud. and, as I send sympathies to larry and the rest of the family, I wish you the happiest of homecomings," The Facts of Life star Mindy Cohn said on Instagram alongside a photo of herself with Rae.

"Different Strokes would not have been the same without you #CharlotteRae. You were loved by everyone on our show and you were loved by everyone on the facts of life will miss you 'My heart is full of Pain' Rest in peace my friend," Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges said on Twitter.


Demi Lovato: 'I will keep fighting'
Singer Demi Lovato took to Instagram Sunday to update fans about how she is doing after her July 24 drug overdose.

"I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction," the 25-year-old artist wrote. "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."

She added: "I want to thank God for keeping me alive and well. To my fans, I am forever grateful for all of your love and support throughout this past week and beyond. Your positive thoughts and prayers have helped me navigate through this difficult time. I want to thank my family, my team, and the staff at Cedars-Sinai who have been by my side this entire time. Without them I wouldn't be here writing this letter to all of you."

Lovato acknowledged she needs time to concentrate on her sobriety.

"The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side. I will keep fighting," she said.

Lovato's message received more than 3 million "likes" in the first few hours it was online.

Paramedics reportedly administered Narcan to revive Lovato after she suffered an overdose at her Hollywood Hills home, and transported her to the hospital. She has been open about her past battles with drugs and alcohol, posting in March that she was six years sober.


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Patrick Stewart to reprise Jean-Luc Picard in new 'Star Trek' series
British actor Patrick Stewart is to reprise his role of Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek series for CBS All Access.

"Make it so! @SirPatStew will be returning to his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard in a new @cbsallaccess #StarTrek series that tells the story of the next chapter in Picard's life," the Star Trek: Discovery Twitter feed said Saturday.

Stewart, now 78, portrayed the starship captain on Star Trek: The Next Generation, which ran 1987-94, and in four movies, the last of which was released in 2002. The title and debut date for his new show were not immediately announced.

"It is an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him," Stewart tweeted.


'Murphy Brown' revival to tackle Trump presidency, #MeToo
CBS' upcoming revival of Murphy Brown will begin with Donald Trump being elected president and tackle subjects such as the #MeToo movement, creator Diane English announced.

English, along with series star Candice Bergen, discussed some of the plans for the new season of the newsroom sitcom Sunday during a panel at the 2018 Television Critics Association press tour.

English noted that the show will pick up on election day on November 8, 2016 which helped inspire her to revive Murphy Brown.

"It wasn't a serious consideration at all," English said. "And then we had an election...Candice and I were kind of reluctant."

English said that the new Murphy Brown will continue to be topical and thought-provoking. The #MeToo episode will be the new season's fourth episode and will be titled #MurphyToo.

"I don't think there's a woman out here that hasn't had some experience with misogyny or misconduct," English said. "It's a powerful movement, and we wanted to do it justice."

Murphy Brown, set to return to CBS on Sept. 27 at 9:30 p.m. ET, will star -- in addition to Bergen --original cast members Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, Grant Shaud and Charles Kimbrough who will be guest-starring throughout the 13-episode season.

Series newcomer Jake McDorman (Limitless), will portray Murphy Brown's grownup son Avery who is the lone liberal voice on a conservative news network. Murphy Brown will be seen hosting a cable news morning show titled Murphy in the Morning as opposed to running news magazine FYI as seen in the original series which ran for 10 seasons from 1988 to 1998.

CBS posted on Twitter Sunday, a video of the cast enjoying their first table read together and their reaction to visiting the show's recreated sets.

"Murphy was so important to all of us, to be back there...we're just grateful," Bergen said at the panel about seeing the rebuilt sets.


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Which comedian will star in 4th season of the FX series 'Fargo'?

Fargo will feature Chris Rock in its new season.

FX announced Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that the 53-year-old actor and comedian will star in Season 4 of the anthology series, according to Variety.

Rock will play the head of a crime syndicate on the show. The season is set in 1950 in Kansas City, Mo., where the heads of two criminal syndicates have traded their eldest sons as part of an uneasy peace.

The Hollywood Reporter said Season 4 will begin production in 2019. Series creator Noah Hawley will return as showrunner, writer and director.

"I'm a fan of Fargo and I can't wait to work with Noah," Rock said.

Fargo is inspired by the Coen brothers' 1996 film of the same name. Previous seasons have starred Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon.

Fargo will mark Rock's first regular TV role since the UPN and CW series Everybody Hates Chris.

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