With ‘Jurassic World 3,’ dinosaurs rule again at box office

“Jurassic World: Dominion” took a mighty bite out of the box office with $143.4 million in North American ticket sales according to studio estimates Sunday. Including earnings from international showings where the film opened in various markets last weekend, “Jurassic World: Dominion” has already grossed $389 million. “Top Gun: Maverick” is still coasting in rarefied skies too: It fell only 44% in its third weekend with an estimated $50 million to take second place, bringing its North American total north of $393.3 million.  This weekend is only the third of the pandemic era in which the total domestic box office surpassed $200 million.

'Top Gun' stays aloft with $86M in its 2nd weekend

The high-flying “Top Gun: Maverick” continued to soar in its second weekend, dropping just 32% from its opening with $86 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Paramount Pictures release, with Tom Cruise reprising his role from the 1986 original, is holding steadier than any film of its kind ever has before. Its modest drop — 50-65% is more typical for blockbusters — is the smallest decline for a movie that opened above $100 million. The movie debuted with $124 million last weekend. Overseas, director Joseph Kosinski’s film is performing even better. In 64 overseas markets, “Top Gun: Maverick” dipped only 20% in its second weekend with $81.7 million.

MTV Movie & TV Awards return Sunday; 'Spider-Man' leads noms

The MTV Movie & TV Awards return Sunday with a live show that could see “Spider-Man: No Way Home” snag some trophies. The 2021 sensation enters the show as the leading nominee with seven. With almost $1.9 billion earned at the box office, “No Way Home” was the biggest film of the year and a fan favorite, though it was largely overlooked by the major awards shows. MTV’s celebration of films and television shows is a lighter, breezier show. Vanessa Hudgens is hosting this year. The show will be broadcast live from Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern on MTV, BET, Comedy Central, VH1 and other Paramount networks.

‘Tiger King’ star Doc Antle to face money laundering charges

“Tiger King” star Bhagavan “Doc” Antle was arrested by the FBI and expected to appear in court Monday to face federal money laundering charges. That's according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday. FBI agents arrested him Friday and he was taken to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, South Carolina. The charges against him were expected to be formally announced during a court proceeding Monday afternoon in Florence, South Carolina. The person familiar with the matter says the charges relate to allegations of money laundering. Antle, 62, has been a controversial figure among animal rights advocates who have accused the owner of Myrtle Beach Safari of mistreating lions and other wildlife.

'Squid Game' star Lee Jung-jae debuts as director in Cannes

Few actors know more about capturing the attention of the global audience than Korean star Lee Jung-jae of Netflix's “Squid Game.” Lee is now at the Cannes Film Festival to further extend his worldwide renown. Lee is in Cannes to premiere his directorial debut, “Hunt,” a spy thriller set in 1980s Korea. Lee recently signed with powerhouse agency CAA. In an interview, Lee says that he'd like to act in Hollywood, if the part is right. “Hunt” is being shopped for international distribution at Cannes.

Krispy Kreme offering free donuts to graduates

Scott Olson/Getty ImagesEvery Wednesday through May 4, Krispy Kreme is selling a dozen original glazed doughnuts at the price of gas.Krispy Kreme wants to celebrate the class of 2022 with a dozen free donuts. Seniors can visit the donut chain on May 25 to take advantage of the promotion. All they have to do is wear some type of swag…

AppleJam returns to Yakima for Fourth of July

YAKIMA, Wash. -- If you're dreaming of summer time fun and warmer weather, you're not alone. Musicians are preparing for the Fourth of July Celebration, AppleJam. Artists from the region will turn out for a day packed with music, fun…

Carried by star power, 'The Lost City' dethrones 'Batman'

Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum led the action-adventure comedy throwback “The Lost City” to a $31 million debut in U.S. and Canadian theaters over the weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, “The Lost City” dethroned “The Batman” from the No. 1 spot the superhero film had held for most of March. “The Lost City” relied on the now relatively old-fashioned concept of star power to propel the Paramount Pictures release above expectations. “The Batman” slid to second place with $20.5 million in its fourth weekend of release. 

Oscars celebrate May, Jackson, Ullmann and Glover

Elaine May, Samuel L. Jackson and Liv Ullmann are at long last Oscar winners. The four Hollywood legends were celebrated Friday night in Los Angeles and given honorary Oscars at the annual Governors Awards. Danny Glover was given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his years of activism and charity. The untelevised event is often a stop for Oscar hopefuls, but this year it was held closer to the Oscars broadcast after voting had ended and the focus stayed on the honorees. Denzel Washington, Bill Murray, Alfre Woodard and John Lithgow all turned out to celebrate the honorees. 

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins dead at 50

Taylor Hawkins, the longtime drummer for the rock band Foo Fighters, has died at 50. There were no immediate details about how Hawkins died. The band said in a statement that his death was a “tragic and untimely loss.” The band had been scheduled to play a festival in Bogota, Colombia, on Friday night. Born in Texas and raised in California, Hawkins played drums for the Foo Fighters for 25 of the 28 years of the band's existence. Along with lead singer and guitarist Dave Grohl, Hawkins played prominent roles in the band's videos and in its recent horror-comedy film “Studio 666.” 

‘The Batman,' still No. 1, crosses $300 million

“The Batman” is still going strong three weeks into its theatrical run, with a tight grip on the top spot at the box office. Robert Pattinson’s debut as the Dark Knight earned an additional $36.8 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. It also slid past the $300 million mark ahead of projections. The biggest competitor this weekend was the anime “Jujutsu Kaisen 0,” which was released by Crunchyroll and Funimation, and took in an estimated $17.7 million in its first weekend in North America. The horror film “X” also debuted this weekend along with the crime drama “The Outfit,” starring Mark Rylance. 

'Saturday Night Live' opens with tribute to Ukraine

“Saturday Night Live” normally kicks off each show with some humor, but the comedy sketch series opened with a tribute performance to Ukraine amid the ongoing Russian invasion. The Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of New York performed a “Prayer for Ukraine” during the show's opening on Saturday. Cast members Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong introduced the choir. The choir sang the melancholy tune in front of a live audience and a table of candles that spelled the name of Ukraine’s capital city, Kyiv.