Hollywood is so far having a terrible, no good, very bad 2019 with its worst box office performance in three years. Currently, box office receipts are lagging behind last year by a full ten percent, and around half a percent behind 2017 and 2016.One more flop and 2019 could easily slip behind 2015. What should terrify the movie business all the more is that things are even worse than they seem, because… There is only one studio holding up the year and that’s Disney, which is responsible for 2019’s top four money makers: Avengers: Endgame – $842M Captain Marvel – $427M Aladdin (2019) – $308M (still in theaters) Toy Story 4 – $246M (still in theaters) After those four, the closest titles are Universal’s horror thriller Us ($175M) and Lionsgate’s John Wick 3 ($161M). Get this… Out of the seven major studios, Disney has eaten up 36 percent of the box office — oh, and Disney has also eaten up one of those major studios … [Read more...] about Nolte: Movie Box Office Bottoms Out to Three-Year Low
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Updated 9:23 am CDT, Wednesday, March 27, 2019 KATY, Texas (AP) — You heard them before you saw them. The Houston Chronicle reports Muslim families pulling into the MAS Katy Center for prayer on a Friday — the holiest day of the week for Muslims — would hear the squealing of pigs and the cheers of spectators watching the animals race around a track. They were used to it by then, though. The mosque's next-door neighbor had been holding weekly pig races for months, knowing that Muslims are restricted from eating pork. The events reinforced a message that the Muslim community was not welcome in the neighborhood where the mosque's leaders purchased property in 2006. Thirteen years later, suspicion and hostility among some have turned to compassion and concern within the broader community. A few days after someone fired gunshots at the mosque in January, neighbors stood at the parking lot entrance with flowers and words of love and gratitude. It took years … [Read more...] about Texas: community support grows for Houston-area mosque
Video PUBLISHED: 19:14 15 February 2019 Andrew Clarke David Bowie - one of the many great musicians we lost too soon Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire Archant This month marks 60 years since Buddy Holly died in a plane crash. He is one of many brilliant musicians who have gone too soon. Elvis, Michael Jackson, Prince, Amy Winehouse and Billie Holiday all died too young, along with George Michael, Kurt Cobain and David Bowie. You can only wonder at what music they still had to make.John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix were both making new albums at the time of their deaths and nearly all of them were haunted by demons and by the pressures of fame which pushed them towards addiction. It frightening to see so many lives cut tragically short. Here are 15 great music stars who died before their time. Buddy Holly (aircrash) – February 3 1959 was the day the music died – according to singer-songwriter Don MacLean – this was the day that … [Read more...] about How old were stars like David Bowie when they died?