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The Flash’ Grosses $55 Million in the First Three Days

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According to studio estimations, DC and Warner Bros.’ long-awaited superhero film “The Flash” grossed $55 million in its first three days in North American theaters.

Though a big increase over DC’s previous movie, the “Shazam!” sequel, and enough for a first-place start, it’s nevertheless muted by superhero standards, where $100 million premiere weekends are nearly usual. Pixar had its lowest three-day opening ever this weekend with a $29.5 million debut for “Elemental.”

Overall, it was a busy weekend at the multiplex. Along with “The Flash” and “Elemental,” the horror-comedy “The Blackening” debuted. Wes Anderson’s spectacular “Asteroid City” garnered $720,000 from just six theatres and the distinction of having the highest per-theater average ($132,211) since the pandemic began.

More obstacles awaited “The Flash” than market conditions. Along with “The Flash” and “Elemental,” the horror-comedy “The Blackening” debuted. It has frequently made news in the previous year, not because of the film itself, but because of its star, Ezra Miller’s, off-screen problems, which have included arrests, unpredictable behaviour, and claims of misconduct.

Miller has apologized and stated that he and his wife are receiving mental health therapy. Except for the premiere, they also declined to participate in the usual press tour.

DC's The Flash' Grosses $55 Million in the First Three Days

Michael Keaton as Batman in The Flash

The studio’s leadership remained optimistic about the $200 million film’s release, confident in its quality and significance to future DC Studios plots. The film establishes the universe, allowing Michael Keaton’s Batman to reappear in a film that also included Ben Affleck’s Batman.

Analysts predicted that “The Flash” would earn at least $70 million in its first three days, despite playing at 4,234 sites across the country. It is now expected to earn $64 million in its first four weeks, including Monday’s Juneteenth holiday. It made $75 million internationally, giving it a $139 million global start.

“I think Warners did a fantastic job of dealing with the situation they had,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. “It’s a fascinating case study of what can happen when the title character of a major motion picture is embroiled in public controversies.” However, it is difficult to reverse engineer it to determine what effect it may have had.”

Another impediment was that some of the key promotional sources — late night talk shows — were still closed due to the Writers Strike. Also, knowing that DC is having a huge reset, fans may have decided to move on and wait.

Critics were split, although the film received a 67% on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite some “breezily clever and entertaining” moments, the AP’s Jocelyn Noveck said in her review that “the final act bogs down in what feels like an endless, generic CGI battle and a kitchen-sink resolution.”

Audiences polled for CinemaScore only awarded the film a B, which has historically not been good news for word-of-mouth and longevity.

However, there is a bit of a break in the schedule before the next major movie, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” which releases on June 30. The biggest releases next week are the R-rated Jennifer Lawrence comedy “No Hard Feelings” and the nationwide expansion of “Asteroid City.”

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“Elemental” receives positive reviews

“Elemental” came in second with an estimated $29.5 million from 4,035 North American sites, a new low for Pixar’s three-day openers. Previously, the honour belonged to “The Good Dinosaur” and “Onward,” both of which debuted at $39 million.” Pixar‘s previous lows were “The Good Dinosaur” and “Onward,” both of which debuted at $39 million.

“Elemental” received positive reviews from reviewers (76% on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences (A CinemaScore). According to the Associated Press’ Jake Coyle, it’s “probably in the lower half” of the Pixar canon, but because it’s “sincere and clever, with a splash of dazzle,” it “comes closer to rekindling some of the old Pixar magic than some recent entries.” “Elemental” grossed $44.5 million worldwide, including $15 million from 17 international regions.

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” came in third place with $27.8 million in its third weekend. Sony anticipates that its domestic total will have reached $285 million by Monday.

It’s probable that Spider-Man’s powerful holding power — backed by positive reviews and word of mouth — ate into “Elemental’s” premiere, according to Dergarabedian. Both are rated PG-13.

“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” fell 67% in its second weekend, adding $20 million to finish fourth. “The Little Mermaid” finished fifth in its fourth weekend with $11.6 million.

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The Blackening grossed $6 million

“The Blackening” was the other big release this weekend, providing some counter programming to the bigger branded releases with an original horror-comedy about a bunch of Black friends who get together for a weekend away and end up on the run from a killer.

After receiving great reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, Lionsgate and MRC purchased the $5 million film from director Tim Story. “The Blackening” grossed an estimated $6 million in 1,775 theatres.

“This is a fantastic weekend for movie theatres because there’s a depth and breadth of content that’s amazing, but that means they’re sharing the wealth,” Dergarabedian said. “The overall box office was extremely strong.” However, it is creating a highly competitive climate.”

“Asteroid City” was an undeniable highlight of the limited edition. To assist entice crowds, Focus Features set up “Asteroid City” pop-up experiences in theatres in New York and Los Angeles.

“Wes Anderson is the pinnacle of genre film-making.” “He’s the Marvel,” said Lisa Bunnell, president of distribution at Focus. “This is a great shot in the arm for art theatres.”

Next week, “Asteroid City” expands from 6 to around 1,500 theatres.

“After COVID, we’re trying to do things that are out of the box,” Bunnell explained. “We feel like you need a new playbook to get speciality films back on track.”

Comscore estimates ticket sales for Friday through Sunday for US and Canadian theatres. The final domestic data will be provided on Monday.

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Russell Brand Lashes Out At ‘Legacy Media’ For Trying To Silence Him

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Russell Brand attacks established media outlets as he confronts multiple sexual assault allegations and an ongoing police investigation in the United Kingdom.

Brand, 48, took to Rumble, a free-speech alternative to YouTube, to inform his 1.6 million followers that the allegations against him are part of a “legacy media” and “establishment narratives” campaign to suppress him. How do I know that the global media assault against free speech is in full swing? Brand said in his 20-minute video, “Guess!”

“Today, of course, we’re discussing the events of the past week, but in particular the collusion between big tech and the government and what appears to be a concerted effort by legacy media, the state, and big tech to silence independent media voices.”

The Forgetting The Sarah Marshall star stated that there is a concerted effort by the “Trusted News Initiative,” a collection of well-established global news organizations, to “cooperate with one another and corroborate one another to shut down what they believe to be their true enemy: independent media voices.”

Brand also implied that the allegations were part of a plan to discredit him due to his skepticism regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and his criticism of the mainstream media and “big tech sites.”


Russell Brand attacks established media outlets as he confronts multiple sexual assault allegations and an ongoing police investigation in the United Kingdom.

YouTube announced last week that it was removing the comedian’s ability to monetize his videos due to “serious allegations” against him. Brand noted that, fortunately, Rumble has yet to follow suit.

The British comedian then encouraged viewers to subscribe for $60 per year to gain access to his premium content.

At least four women have made allegations of “non-recent” sexual assault against the actor, which prompted the British police to launch an investigation on Monday, prompting Brand’s latest tirade.

The Sunday Times, The Times of London, and Channel 4’s Dispatches reported that one of the accusers is a 16-year-old. Another accused Brand in 2012 of having assaulted her in Los Angeles. Additionally, one of the women stated that he was physically and emotionally abusive.

Some women cited Brand’s newfound prominence as an online wellness influencer for their decision to speak out.

Detective Superintendent Andy Furphy of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, who is conducting the investigation, told the Associated Press, “We continue to encourage anyone who believes they may have been a victim of a sexual offence to contact us, no matter how long ago it occurred.”


Russell Brand attacks established media outlets as he confronts multiple sexual assault allegations and an ongoing police investigation in the United Kingdom.

Brand’s previous comedic routines also began to resurface. In one clip from his BBC radio program The Russell Brand Show, he advises a 15-year-old to have a birthday celebration with a sexual theme.

“Assuming you are 16 years old, it is illegal for you to consume alcohol or use illegal drugs,” Brand said.

“Now, you will be legally allowed to have sexual partners,” he continued. Now, I believe the festivities should be themed around legal sex.

In a second viral video posted on X, Brand made a tasteless joke about having intercourse with women regardless of their “age, race, or whether or not they’re awake.”

“That’s the policy I use for women,” Brand said. “Hello, a woman is present. Let’s not get caught up in details such as age, ethnicity, or whether or not they’re awake. Simply get there and give them the greatest night of their lives.”

Before the allegations were made public earlier this month, Brand described the alleged encounters as “consensual” in an Instagram post.

“I have received two extremely disturbing letters, one from a mainstream media TV company and one from a newspaper, containing a laundry list of offensive and aggressive assaults. “Amongst this litany of astonishing, rather baroque attacks are some very serious accusations that I categorically refute,” he stated.

“When I was in the movies, I was extremely promiscuous, as I have written extensively about in my novels. During that period of promiscuity, every single relationship I had was consensual.”

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David McCallum, Star Of Hit TV Series ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ And ‘NCIS,’ Dies At 90

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LOS ANGELES — David McCallum, an adolescent heartthrob in the 1960s series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and the eccentric medical examiner in the popular series “NCIS” four decades later, has passed away. He was 90 years old.

CBS said that McCallum died of natural causes surrounded by family at New York Presbyterian Hospital on Monday.

“David was a talented actor and author who many people across the globe adored. CBS said, “He led an extraordinary life, and his legacy will live on through his family and the countless hours of film and television that will never disappear.”

McCallum, who was born in Scotland, had been successful in films such as “A Night to Remember” (about the Titanic), “The Great Escape,” and “The Greatest Story Ever Told” (as Judas). In the mid-1960s, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” made the blond actor with the Beatles-inspired haircut a ubiquitous name.

The popularity of the James Bond novels and films spawned a proliferation of secret operatives on both large and small screens. According to Jon Heitland’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Book,” Bond originator Ian Fleming contributed to developing “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”


CBS said that McCallum died of natural causes surrounded by family at New York Presbyterian Hospital on Monday.

Robert Vaughn portrayed Napoleon Solo, an agent in a covert, high-tech squad of crime fighters whose initials stood for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. The program debuted in 1964. Despite the Cold War, the agency had international personnel, including McCallum as Solo’s Russian sidekick, Illya Kuryakin.

McCallum recalled that the role was initially relatively minor, adding in a 1998 interview, “I’d never heard of the word’sidekick’ before.”

The show received mixed reviews but eventually gained popularity, especially among teenage females drawn to McCallum’s good looks and enigmatic, intelligent character. By 1965, Illya was Vaughn’s primary partner, and both stars were mobbed during personal appearances.

The series ran until 1968. In 1983, Vaughn and McCallum reunited for the nostalgic television film “The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” in which the agents were coaxed out of retirement to save the world again.

McCallum returned to television in 2003 with another series featuring an agency with initials: CBS’s “NCIS.” He portrayed Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard, a nerdy pathologist for the Naval Criminal Investigation Service, which investigates offenses involving the Navy or Marines. Mark Harmon portrayed the leader of NCIS.

McCallum stated that he believed Ducky, who wore glasses and a bow tie and had an eye for beautiful women, “looked a little silly, but it was great fun to do.” He also took the position seriously, spending time in the coroner’s office in Los Angeles to learn how autopsies are conducted.


David McCallum, an adolescent heartthrob in the 1960s series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and the eccentric medical examiner in the popular series “NCIS”

Co-star Lauren Holly lamented his passing on X, formerly Twitter: “You were the kindest man. “We appreciate your being you.” The 20th-anniversary marathon of “NCIS” on Monday night will now include an “in memoriam” card in memory of McCallum.

Gradually gaining an audience, the show eventually made the list of top 10 programs. McCallum, who resided in New York, rented a one-bedroom flat in Santa Monica while “NCIS” was filmed.

“He was a scholar and a gentleman who was always gracious, a consummate professional, and never one to turn down a jest. Working with him from day one was a privilege; he never let us down. According to a statement from “NCIS” Executive Producers Steven D. Binder and David North, he was merely a legend.

McCallum’s work on “U.N.C.L.E.” earned him two Emmy nominations, and he received a third nomination for his role as an educator battling alcoholism in the 1969 Hallmark Hall of Fame film “Teacher, Teacher.”

In 1975, he portrayed the title character in a short-lived science fiction series titled “The Invisible Man,” from 1979 to 1982, he portrayed Steel in the British science fiction series “Sapphire and Steel.” Over the years, he has also made guest appearances on numerous television programs, including “Murder, She Wrote” and “Sex and the City.”

He appeared on Broadway in the 1968 comedy “The Flip Side” and in the 1999 revival of “Amadeus” starring Michael Sheen and David Suchet. Additionally, he acted in several off-Broadway productions.

McCallum was a longtime American citizen, telling The Associated Press in 2003, “I have always admired the freedom this country stands for and everything it stands for. And I reside here and enjoy voting here.”

In 1933, David Keith McCallum was born in Glasgow. His father played the violin, and his mother, David, played the cello. When David was 3 years old, the family migrated to London, where David Sr. played with the London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic.


David McCallum, an adolescent heartthrob in the 1960s series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and the eccentric medical examiner in the popular series “NCIS”

The young David studied the oboe at the Royal Academy of Music. He determined he wasn’t good enough, so he studied briefly at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before turning to theatre. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times in 2009, he stated, “I was a small, emaciated blonde with a sunken chest, so there weren’t a whole lot of roles for me.”

After completing his military service, he returned to London and began working in live television and film. In 1957, he appeared in “Robbery Under Arms” alongside Jill Ireland, an emerging Australian actress. The couple tied the knot in the same year.

McCallum was a member of the large ensemble of “The Great Escape” in 1963, and he and his wife became friends with Charles Bronson, who also appeared in the film. Ireland fell in love with Bronson, and she and McCallum divorced in 1967 after their separation. In 1968, she married Bronson.

McCallum stated in 2009, “Everything turned out well because shortly after that I met Katherine Carpenter, a former model, and we’ve been married for 42 years.”

Paul, Jason, and Valentine were McCallum’s three sons from his first marriage, and Peter and Sophie were his son and daughter from his second. Jason overdosed and perished.

“He was a genuine Renaissance man — he was fascinated by science and culture and would turn those passions into knowledge. As an example, according to a statement released by Peter McCallum, he was able to conduct a symphony orchestra and (if necessary) could execute an autopsy based on his decades-long preparation for his role on NCIS.

In 2007, while working on “NCIS,” McCallum told a reporter, “I’ve always felt that the harder I work, the more fortunate I become. I believe in serendipity, but I also believe that dedicating yourself to what you do is the greatest way to succeed in this life.”


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Spain Charges Pop Singer Shakira With Tax Evasion For A Second Time And Demands More Than $7 Million

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BARCELONA, SPAIN — Spanish prosecutors have charged Colombian pop sensation Shakira with failing to pay 6.7 million euros ($7.1 million) in tax on her 2018 earnings, authorities announced Tuesday. This is Spain’s most recent fiscal accusation against the Colombian singer.

Prosecutors in Barcelona alleged in a statement that Shakira used an offshore company based in a tax refuge to avoid paying the tax.

According to the statement, she has been notified of the allegations in Miami, where she resides.

Shakira is already scheduled to be tried in Barcelona on November 20 for a separate case involving her residence between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors allege she neglected to pay 14.5 million euros in taxes in this instance.

Prosecutors in Barcelona have asserted that the Grammy winner spent more than fifty percent of the 2012-2014 period in Spain and thus should have paid taxes in the country, even though her official residence was in the Bahamas.


Spanish prosecutors have charged Colombian pop sensation Shakira with failing to pay 6.7 million euros ($7.1 million) in tax on her 2018 earnings.

Last July, Spanish tax officials launched a new investigation against Shakira. Prosecutors have decided to file charges after reviewing the evidence compiled over the past two months. No trial date has been set.

Llorente y Cuenca, the public relations firm previously managing Shakira’s affairs, had no immediate comment.

Last July, it was stated that the artist had “always complied with the law and followed the advice of her financial advisors.”

Since she began dating the now-retired football player Gerard Pique, Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, has been linked to Spain. The couple, who have two children, resided in Barcelona until the end of their 11-year relationship last year.

In the past decade, Spain’s tax authorities have cracked down on football superstars such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for not paying their entire tax obligations. These athletes were found guilty of tax evasion but were spared prison time due to a provision that enables judges to forego sentences of less than two years for first-time offenders.


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