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'Crazy Rich Asians' is even richer!

The romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians is the No. 1 movie in North America for a third weekend, earning an additional $22.3 million in receipts, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday.

Starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding, the movie has a total domestic box office take, thus far, of about $111 million.

Coming in at No. 2 this week is The Meg with $10.5 million, followed by Mission: Impossible -- Fallout at No. 3 with $7 million, Operation Finale at No. 4 with $6 million and Searching at No. 5 with $5.7 million.

Rounding out the top tier are Disney's Christopher Robin at No. 6 with $5 million, Alpha at No. 7 with $4.5 million, The Happytime Murders at No. 8 with $4.4 million, BlacKkKlansman at No. 9 with $4.1 million and Mile 22 at No. 10 with $3.6 million.

The Meg is still swimming strong. I might just have to check that one out.

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Steve


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Bono loses voice, U2 ends concert early in Berlin
Irish rocker Bono lost his voice, forcing his band U2 to end its concert early in Berlin this weekend.

"We're so sorry for tonight's cancellation. Bono was in great form and great voice prior to the show and we were all looking forward to the second night in Berlin, but after a few songs, he suffered a complete loss of voice," the U2 website said Saturday. "We don't know what has happened and we're taking medical advice. As always, we appreciate our audience's understanding and all our fans' support in Berlin and those who travelled from afar. We will update you very soon."

E! News said Bono, 58, had trouble singing "Red Flag Day" and stopped to tell the 17,000 concertgoers at the Mercedes-Benz Arena that he thought a smoke machine creating stage effects was impacting his voice.

"I can promise you I have not been smoking," he said. "But this is like a giant cigar. I've lost my voice and I don't know what to do."

Workers at the venue turned the smoke machine off and the air conditioner up, but Bono still struggled. The musicians took a break to give Bono the chance to recover, but after about 40 minutes announced they would not return that evening and the show would be rescheduled.

U2 is set to play in Cologne, Germany, on Tuesday.


'General Hospital' icon Susan Brown dead at 86
Susan Brown, the actress who played Gail Baldwin on General Hospital for decades, has died at the age of 86.

Her death was announced on Twitter Friday by others who work General Hospital. No cause was given.

"It's a very sad day in Port Charles as the wonderful Susan Brown ("Gail Baldwin") passed away today. My sincerest condolences to her family and to all who knew this amazing woman," executive producer Frank Valentini tweeted.

"Sad to say one of my best friends and costars Susan Brown passed away today she played Gail Baldwin @GeneralHospital my mother R.I.P. Susan I will miss all our laughs," Kin Shriner, who plays Scott Baldwin on the daytime drama, wrote in his own Twitter post.

"Kin I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss Susan too. She was so very special, on set and in friendship. I remember all the good times we shared on our @GeneralHospital #GH lunch breaks at at her amazing dinner parties at her beautiful home. RIP Susan + God Bless. @kinshriner," Jackie Zeman, who plays Bobby Spencer on the soap, responded to Shriner's tweet.

Brown played Gail on a recurring basis from 1977 to 2004. Her other TV credits include Murder, She Wrote, Santa Barbara, Mariah, Frasier and Port Charles.


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"I think that I can only handle one [celebrity] in the rela-tionship, and I need to be it."
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Which 'Charmed' actress will receive a GLAAD award in September?


'ER,' 'Stand and Deliver' actress Vanessa Marquez shot dead by police
Vanessa Marquez, an actress who appeared in the film Stand and Deliver and the TV hospital drama ER, was shot and killed by police this week, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

She was 49.

The Hollywood Reporter said officers from the South Pasadena Police Department were called to her residence to do a welfare check Thursday afternoon.

Authorities said Marquez was having seizures when they arrived and they requested additional personnel -- including a mental health clinician -- be sent.

Officials said Marquez appeared to suffer from mental health issues and, during the 90 minutes the actress spent with police and medical personnel, allegedly grew uncooperative, retrieved a gun and pointed it at officers.

The Los Angeles Times reported two officers fired at Marquez, hitting her once in the torso. She was transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. The weapon she allegedly had been holding was later determined to be a BB gun.

Her death is under investigation.

Marquez's landlord initially called police because he was concerned about her.

The Times reported a man at the scene who identified himself as the actress' landlord, but declined to give his name, refused to speak with reporters about the incident.

Marquez last year accused actor and filmmaker George Clooney of having her blacklisted after she accused their male co-stars from ER of sexual misconduct.

Clooney has vehemently denied he had the power or inclination more than two decades ago to prevent Marquez from getting work.

"Heart sick to learn of the tragic passing of my friend, Vanessa Marquez. I was not aware of the pain she endured due to her conditions and saddened to think that they may have contributed to her untimely demise. Her light and her soul still shine in the performances she gave us," actor Lou Diamond Phillips, her co-star in Stand and Deliver, tweeted Friday.


Imelda Staunton, Stephen Campbell Moore to co-star in 'Downton Abbey' movie
Imelda Staunton, Stephen Campbell Moore, Simon Jones, David Haig and Tuppence Middleton have been added to the ensemble of the Downton Abbey movie, the film's production companies said.

Variety.com reported Kate Phillips and Geraldine James will also appear in the film follow-up to the early 20th century-set, British costume drama, which wrapped in 2015 after six seasons.

Abbey icons Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Joanne Froggatt, Jim Carter, Allen Leech and Hugh Bonneville have all signed on to reprise their roles in the sequel.

Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the film's screenplay and is producing the project.

"We are excited that photography is about to start on the long-awaited film and that the beloved main characters will be joined by such exceptional actors playing new roles unique to the movie," said Gareth Neame, Carnival Films' executive chairman, Thursday.

Collider.com reported Brian Percival was originally announced as the movie's director, but he has since been replaced by Michael Engler. No reason was given for Percival's move from director to executive producer.

Staunton has connections to several of the cast members. She is married to Carter, her Shakespeare in Love and Cranford co-star; acted in the Harry Potter franchise with Smith; and in the Paddington movies with Bonneville.

The Downton Abbey film was announced in July.


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Which 'Charmed' actress will receive a GLAAD award in September?

Alyssa Milano will be honored at the 2018 GLAAD Gala in September.

The 45-year-old actress will receive the inaugural Ariadne Getty Ally Award at the event Sept. 15 in San Francisco, GLAAD confirmed in a tweet Thursday.

"@Alyssa_Milano will receive the inaugural Ariadne Getty Ally Award at the #GLAADgala for using her platform to accelerate acceptance for LGBTQ people," the organization wrote.

Milano responded to the news on Twitter.

"Proud tears," she wrote, adding a smiley face emoji.

GLAAD said in a press release the award is named after Ariadne Getty, a member of its board of directors. Getty pledged $15 million in support of the organization at the 2018 World Economic Forum in January.

GLAAD lauded Milano as "an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ acceptance." The actress has worked to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS, was a vocal advocate of marriage equality, and uses her social media to promote LGBTQ issues.

Milano is known for playing Phoebe Halliwell on Charmed, and presently portrays Coralee Armstrong on the Netflix series Insatiable.