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The streak continues! The romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians is the No. 1 movie in North America for a second weekend, earning an additional $25 million in receipts, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday.

Coming in at No. 2 is The Meg with $13 million, followed by The Happytime Murders at No. 3 with $10 million, Mission: Impossible -- Fallout at No. 4 with $8 million and {i:Disney's Christopher Robin at No. 5 with $6.3 million.

Rounding out the top tier are Mile 22 at No. 6 with $6 million, Alpha at No. 7 with $5.6 million,

BlacKkKlansman at No. 8 with $5.3 million, A.X.L. at No. 9 with $2.9 million and Slender Man at No. 10 with $2.8 million.

I kind of want to see The Meg and The Happytime Murders, but I really hope that they want to see a shark puppet movie. Are they making that? I certainly hope so.

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Steve


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'Odd Couple,' 'Barefoot in the Park' playwright Neil Simon dead at 91
The Odd Couple, Biloxi Blues and Lost in Yonkers playwright Neil Simon died Sunday morning at the age of 91.

TMZ reported the Pulitzer Prize-winning scribe had been suffering from kidney failure, Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Playbill.com gave the cause of his death as pneumonia.

Simon's other works include Come Blow Your Horn, Barefoot in the Park, Promises, Promises and The Sunshine Boys.

He was also a three-time Tony winner, Kennedy Center honoree and recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Many of his stage comedies also were adapted as successful films.


Robin Leach, 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' host dead at 76
Robin Leach, a journalist best known as the host of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, has died at the age of 76.

Leach died Thursday in Las Vegas where he had been hospitalized since November after suffering from a stroke, Las Vegas Review Journal columnist John Katsilometes confirmed on Twitter. Leach had worked at the same publication as a celebrity columnist.

Leach's family confirmed his death in a statement attributed to his sons Steven, Gregg and Rick.

"Despite the past 10 months, what a beautiful life he had. Our Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and friend Robin Leach passed away peacefully last night at 1:50 a.m. Everyone's support and love over the past, almost one year, has been incredible and we are so grateful. Memorial arrangements to follow," they said.

Leach, who wrote for a number of publications including The New York Daily News, Ladies Home Journal and People magazine, among others, helped launch Entertainment Tonight before he co-created Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous with producer Al Masini in 1984.

The syndicated program, which explored the glamorous homes of various celebrities, aired from 1984 to 1995. Leach signed off each episode with his signature catchphrase "Champagne wishes and caviar dreams."


LOOSE LIPS:
"No."
--Idris Elba, firmly squashing the rumors that he'll play the next James Bond, to Good Morning Britain



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Three more seasons of 'Great British Baking Show' headed to Netflix
Netflix said it plans to make available to U.S. subscribers three new seasons of the competition series "The Great British Baking Show," as well as a trio of GBB-themed Christmas specials.

The program is hosted by Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig. Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith are the judges.

Fresh episodes of the series are to stream via Netflix after they have aired in the United Kingdom on Channel 4.

"Pre-heat Netflix with 4 previous seasons (Netflix collections 1-4, which are U.K. Seasons 4-7). Mix equal measures bakers, presenters, judges, and British decorum in the Baking Show tent. Repeat signature, technical, and showstopper challenges until a star baker emerges. Let cool after airing on Channel 4 in the U.K.," a Netflix press release masquerading as a recipe explained.

Ten new episodes will be made available on Netflix on Friday. Another, 10-episode season is scheduled to debut later this year and the third chapter is expected to stream by the fall of 2019.

Two-episode holiday specials are lined up for December 2018, 2019 and 2020.


Katey Sagal, Courteney Cox set for 'Shameless' Season 9 roles
Sons of Anarchy alum Katey Sagal and Friends icon Courteney Cox have landed roles on the Showtime comedy Shameless for Season 9.

Variety said Sagal will play a psychiatric patient and love interest for William H. Macy's Frank, while Cox will play an alcoholic actress who hires Jeremy Allen White's Lip as her sober companion.

The Chicago-set show about the dysfunctional Gallagher family is to return Sept. 9. It co-stars Emmy Rossum, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, Cameron Monaghan, Richard Flood and Christian Isaiah.

"Political fervor hits the South Side and the Gallaghers take justice into their own hands. Frank sees financial opportunity in campaigning and decides to give voice to the underrepresented South Side working man," a press release noted. "Fiona tries to build on her success with her apartment building and takes an expensive gamble hoping to catapult herself into the upper echelon. Lip distracts himself from the challenges of sobriety by taking in Eddie's niece, Xan. Ian faces the consequences of his crimes as the Gay Jesus movement takes a destructive turn. Debbie fights for equal pay and combats harassment; and her efforts lead her to an unexpected realization. Carl sets his sights on West Point and prepares himself for cadet life. Liam must develop a new skillset to survive outside of his cushy private school walls."

Macy is a current Emmy nominee for Best Actor in a Comedy for his work in Shameless.

Sagal is also known for her performance in the long-running sitcom Married... with Children and Cox starred on the comedy series Cougar Town.


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Matt Bomer will guest star in an upcoming episode of NBC's Will & Grace revival, which returns with a new season on Oct. 4.

Bomer will portray a love interest for Will (Eric McCormack) who is described as being a smooth-talking television news anchor.

"Dream come true!!" Bomer said on Twitter in relation to the role.

Bomer will be joined on the episode by other guest stars such as Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon and Minnie Driver, who will reprise her role as Lorraine Finster, an enemy of Megan Mullally's Karen.

The new season will also feature Friends alum David Schwimmer in a recurring guest role as a new love interest for Debra Messing's Grace.

Other guest stars who will be featured throughout the season will include Alec Baldwin, Chelsea Handler, Jon Cryer and Mary McCormack.