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“Ocean’s 8” Tops The Box Office Making $41.5M On It’s Opening Weekend

Despite lackluster reviews, “Ocean’s 8,” the female-fronted reboot of the franchise, opened with an estimated $41.5 million at the box office, taking the weekend’s top spot from “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Made for approximately $70 million, “Ocean’s 8”, featuring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway, set an opening-weekend best for the franchise. The three previous “Ocean’s” films — starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Matt Damon, based on the 1960 original “Ocean’s 11,” with Frank Sinatra — all debuted with between $36-39 million in the last decade.   ...Read more

Rafael Nadal Defeats Dominic Thiem To Win His 11th French Open Title

Rafael Nadal earned a record-setting11th championship at Roland Garros by beating Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday. Nadal is celebrating his 17th Grand Slam title, second among men only to Roger Federer’s 20. The victory also allows the 32-year-old to hold onto the No. 1 ranking. The No. 7-seeded Thiem, a 24-year-old from Austria, was appearing in a major final for the first time.  ...Read more

Ronda Rousey to Become First Woman Inducted Into UFC Hall Of Fame

Ronda Rousey is making history as the first woman to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. The organization behind the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the decision on Saturday, noting that Rousey had a record six straight title defenses of her women’s bantamweight belt from 2013-2015. “This is an immense honor, to not only take part in bringing women to the forefront of this sport, but now the UFC Hall of Fame,” Rousey said in a statement. “May I be the first of many.” ...Read more

Washington Capitals Win First Stanley Cup In Franchise History, Defeating The Golden Knights

The Washington Capitals captured their first Stanley Cup with a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 on Thursday. Devante Smith-Pelly and Lars Eller scored two minutes and 31 seconds apart to erase a third-period deficit, while Jakub Vrana and Alex Ovechkin rounded out the scoring for the Capitals. Ovechkin finished the postseason with 15 goals, becoming the first to reach that mark since 2009. This was also Ovechkin’s first championship in his 13th NHL season, and he was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. ...Read more

Facebook Accidentally Exposes 14 Million Users’ Private Posts

On Thursday, social media platform Facebook acknowledged that it accidentally exposed the private posts of 14 million users over the span of a few days last month. From May 18 through May 22, when Facebook was testing a new feature, any posts published by those 14 million users were automatically made public — even if the user’s privacy settings should have restricted who could see them. Facebook corrected the mistake, and by May 27, it changed back the affected posts. That means someone could have unwittingly shared a post publicly for as long as nine days. Starting Thursday, Facebook is letting the affected users know and asking them to review any posts they made during that time. ...Read more

NASA Rover Finds Potential Building Blocks Of Life On Mars

Scientists reported on Thursday that NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has found fresh evidence for the red planet’s past — and possibly present — habitability. The nuclear-powered rover has detected a variety of organic compounds, a requirement for life as it’s known on Earth, in 3-billion-year-old rocks deposited on the floor of Gale Crater. While organics were discovered by the rover earlier, the age and variety of the newly analyzed samples strengthen the case for a habitable environment in the past. “We found organic molecules in rocks from an ancient lakebed,” said Jen Eigenbrode, a research scientist and astrobiologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. “Those organic molecules could have come from life.” ...Read more

New England Patriots Julian Edelman Suspended 4 Games For Violating Performance-Enhancing Drug Policy

The NFL on Thursday announced that the New England Patriots wideout Julian Edelman is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. After missing the entire 2017-18 season due to injury, Edelman may also miss the start of the team’s 2018-19 season. If the suspension is upheld, Edelman would miss the team’s first four games against the Texans, Jaguars, Lions and Dolphins. ...Read more

Val Kilmer Joining Tom Cruise Again For ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Actor Val Kilmer is all set to reprise his role of fighter pilot Iceman in “Top Gun: Maverick”, the sequel to the hit 1986 action drama. The 58-year-old actor will join Tom Cruise in the sequel which recently started production. Kilmer had previously hinted in a Facebook post that he was offered a chance to star in the sequel. The original film, directed by Tony Scott, featured Cruise as a young naval aviator Pete “Maverick” Mitchell aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. The sequel will be directed by Joseph Kosinski, and will explore Maverick and his time in the modern military, as he tries to adjust in the world of drones and modern tech. The film is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for Jerry Bruckheimer Films and David Ellison for Skydance, and is expected to release in July next year. ...Read more

Reese Witherspoon Confirms ‘Legally Blonde 3’

Reese Witherspoon took to social media to confirm “Legally Blonde 3” is in the works. “It’s true… #LegallyBlonde3,” she captioned and posted a short clip of herself floating past the camera on a blue lounger.  The clip referenced Witherspoon’s sorority sister turned Harvard Law School student’s video application to the prestigious institution. Witherspoon, 42, first played Elle Woods in the 2001 comedy and reprised her role two years later for “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde.” The film was also made into a Broadway musical in 2007.  ...Read more

Dave Grohl Producing TV Show Based On Mother’s Book

Virginia Hanlon Grohl, mother of Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl, is developing a docu-series based on her 2017 book, From Cradle to Stage, featuring interviews with fellow music moms. For the original project, Virginia spoke with numerous mothers of famous musicians, including Marianne Stipe (mother of R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe), Donna Haim (the Haim sisters), Janis Winehouse (Amy Winehouse), Verna Griffin (Dr. Dre) and Hester Diamond (the Beastie Boys’ Mike D). The series will utilize excerpts from interviews with the mothers of Pharrell, Adam Levine, Tom Morello and more alongside Virginia Grohl’s personal stories and family photos. ...Read more