Bad weather tested the devotion of 84,000 fans who went to see Garth Brooks at Notre Dame Stadium over the weekend.
And it appears they really wanted to be at the event in northern Indiana. It was the first such concert in the stadium's 88-year history.
The Indianapolis Star reports that strong winds made it too dangerous to hang speakers above a stage at first. And so the show started an hour late on Saturday. Brooks also had to sing through rain and some snow.
Brooks brought the University of Notre Dame's cheerleading squad and its leprechaun mascot onstage. And he thanked the local crew for making the night feel like "a home game."
The concert was taped for a CBS special that will air on Dec. 2.
Actress Jennifer Garner has brought a little fun to a northeast Arkansas childcare and family health center.
Thee Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Garner visited the ARcare Center for Education and Wellness in Augusta, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock, Thursday as an ambassador for Save the Children's Head Start program.
In a video posted to social media, Garner is surrounded by a gaggle of children, whom she sternly — and jokingly — tells not to follow her. She storms off, trailed by toddlers. When she turns around and surprises them, the children scream and laugh.
According to Save The Children's website, Head Start programs provide early childhood education, health and well-being services to low income families and children.
Garner also visited the state capitol.
A Florida park was renamed after iconic rocker Tom Petty, who played at that park as a boy.
The Gainesville Sun reports that hundreds of members of the Tom Petty Nation! fan club visited Gainesville on Saturday to celebrate the star's birthday with his music and the dedication of the former Northeast Park as Tom Petty Park.
His family was also on hand.
"My brother and I grew up in this park. We played as kids. My cousin reminded me the other day of my remark that it was a sanctuary, and it really was," said brother Bruce Petty. "It was a place for us to escape and be kids and have fun. The fact that we are doing this today and the part that we played in it makes it so much more special."
Petty died Oct. 2, 2017. He was born Oct. 20, 1950 in Gainesville and lived in the small city until he left for Los Angeles to make it big in the music business.
Petty sold millions of records worldwide with the Heartbreakers, the Traveling Wilburys supergroup and as a solo artist. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
His family lived a block from the Gainesville park and it was like a second home for him and his brother.
Other area events celebrated the singer and included the Tom Petty Birthday Bash and Tom Petty Weekend.
Adria Petty, Tom's daughter, grew up in Los Angeles but spent time in North Florida with her parents. She talked about a song called "Gainesville" that's on "An American Treasure," a new four-CD box set of Petty's music.
"Gainesville is an extraordinary place and if you listen to my dad's music here, it has a different meaning. The idea of the air smelling good and the trees are green — there is nothing like this park to really illustrate that," she said.
"'Gainesville' has been blasting in my head since I landed," she said. "It's a very important town to Florida. Florida is a really beautiful and complex state and (Gainesville) fosters a lot of intelligence and compassion and incredible manners and incredible decency."
Local artists Carrie and Jesus Martinez painted a Tom Petty Mural at the Sidney Lanier Center, the elementary school Petty attended. They were asked to paint an 8-by-8-foot mural on canvas that was auctioned Saturday night to benefit the UF program.
"We hope to make a lot of money for a really good cause," Carrie Martinez said. "We're Tom Petty fans. Everybody is a Tom Petty fan."
Information from: The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, http://www.gainesvillesun.com
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the best-known comedic actresses of her generation, and now she's being recognized with the Mark Twain Award for lifetime achievement in comedy.
She's set to receive the 21st annual Twain prize Sunday night at Washington's Kennedy Center, with testimonials from Jerry Seinfeld, Stephen Colbert and 2010 Mark Twain recipient Tina Fey.
The 57-year-old Louis-Dreyfus emerged from Chicago's famed Second City comedy troupe before joining the cast of "Saturday Night Live." Her best-known role is her nine-year run as Elaine Benes on "Seinfeld." More recently, her work as Vice President Selina Meyer on "Veep" earned her six consecutive Emmy Awards.
Production on the upcoming seventh season of "Veep" was delayed as Louis-Dreyfus received treatment for breast cancer.
PBS will air the Twain event on Nov. 19.
Forty years after he first appeared in theaters, Michael Myers is still drawing huge audiences for a good scare.
Universal Pictures said Sunday that "Halloween" took in an estimated $77.5 million in ticket sales from North American theaters.
It captured first place at the box office with the second-highest horror opening of all time, behind last year's "It."
It also marked the second highest October opening ever behind "Venom's" $80.3 million launch earlier this month.
The studio also says it's the biggest movie opening ever with a female lead over 55, in star Jamie Lee Curtis.
David Gordon Green directed "Halloween," which brings back Curtis as Laurie Strode and Nick Castle as Michael Myers and essentially ignores the events of the other sequels and spinoffs aside from John Carpenter's original.
Reviews have been largely positive for the new installment, with an 80 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ Cinema Score from audiences that were mostly older (59 percent over 25) and male (53 percent). Internationally, "Halloween" earned $14.3 million from 23 markets.
Blumhouse, the shop behind "Get Out" and numerous other modestly budgeted horror films, co-produced "Halloween" with Miramax. It cost only $10 million to make.
"You take the nostalgia for 'Halloween,' especially with the return of Jamie Lee Curtis, and you combine that with the Blumhouse brand and its contemporary currency in the genre and it just made for a ridiculously potent combination at the box office this weekend," said Jim Orr, Universal's president of domestic distribution.
With 10 days to go until the holiday, including another weekend, the studio expects "Halloween" to enjoy a much longer life than typical horror films that usually drop off significantly after the first weekend.
"Halloween" was enough to bump the comic-book film "Venom" out of the No. 1 spot and into third place. In its third weekend in theaters, it collected $18.1 million, bringing its domestic total to $171.1 million.
Meanwhile "A Star Is Born" held on to second place in its third weekend with $19.3 million. The Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga drama has grossed $126.4 million from North American theaters and is cruising to break $200 million worldwide Sunday.
Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong biopic "First Man" tumbled to fifth place in its second weekend earning $8.6 million, down 46 percent from its launch.
It was a particularly busy week at the box office as critically acclaimed films such as the young adult adaptation "The Hate U Give" and the Robert Redford swan song "The Old Man & The Gun" expanded nationwide after a few weeks in limited release.
"The Hate U Give," now in 2,303 locations, placed sixth with $7.5 million, and "The Old Man & The Gun" took 10th with $2.1 million from 802 locations.
A number of well-received indies also made their debuts. At the top was Jonah Hill's directorial debut "Mid90s," which opened in four theaters with $249,500 (or a $62,375 per theater average).
The Melissa McCarthy film "Can You Ever Forgive Me," about the literary forger Lee Israel, grossed $150,000 in five locations.
October has never been a particularly strong box office month, but 2018 has helped to change that. The weekend was up nearly 72 percent from the same weekend last October and the year to date is up nearly 11 percent.
"The industry is on a major roll right now," said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. "Audiences are responding to movies big and small right now — You can have your cinematic fast food and fine dining all at once right now. The movie-going experience is as viable and relevant as ever."
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1."Halloween," $77.5 million ($14.3 million international).
2."A Star Is Born," $19.3 million ($22.8 million international).
3."Venom," $18.1 million ($32.3 million international).
4."Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween," $9.7 million ($6.2 million international).
5."First Man," $8.6 million ($13.4 million international).
6."The Hate U Give,"$7.5 million.
7. "Smallfoot," $6.6 million ($14 million international).
8."Night School," $5 million ($1.5 million international).
9."Bad Times At The El Royale," $3.3 million ($2.5 million international).
10."The Old Man & The Gun," $2 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:
1. "Venom," $32.3 million.
2. "A Star Is Born," $22.8 million.
3. "Project Gutenberg," $14.7 million.
4. "Halloween," $14.3 million.
5. "Smallfoot," $14 million.
6. "First Man," $13.4 million.
7. "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween," $6.2 million.
8. "The Spy Who Dumped Me," $5.7 million.
9. "Lost, Found," $5.3 million.
10. "Hichki," $4 million.
Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.
Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ldbahr
The Red Sox led the majors with 108 wins this season and eliminated the defending champion Houston Astros with a 4-1 victory in Game 5 of the ALCS. The Red Sox are 5-0 on the road this postseason as they seek their fourth crown in 15 years.
The Dodgers took Game 7 of the NL Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers with a 5-1 win on Saturday night, landing their 23rd pennant.
The World Series will open at Fenway Park for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, and all games will be televised nationally on Fox. ESPN Radio will carry the games on radio.
Here is the schedule for the best-of-seven World Series:
Game 1 - Tuesday, Oct. 23, 8:09 p.m.
Game 2 - Wednesday, Oct. 25, 8:09 p.m.
Game 3 - Friday, Oct. 26, 8:09 p.m.
Game 4 - Saturday, Oct. 27, 8:09 p.m.
x-Game 5 - Sunday, Oct. 28, 8:15 p.m.
x-Game 6 - Tuesday, Oct. 30, 8:09 p.m.
x-Game 7 - Wednesday, Oct. 31, 8:09 p.m.
Comedian Amy Schumer is following pop singer Rihanna’s lead in not participating in Super Bowl LIII.
In a Friday post on Instagram, Schumer said she has decided to turn down any offers to participate in commercials for the Feb. 3 game at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The move, she said, was in support of the “take-a-knee” protests by NFL players that was started in 2016 by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, ESPN reported. Kaepernick began taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality.
“Hitting the NFL with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them,” Schumer wrote. “I know opposing the NFL is like opposing the NRA. Very tough, but don’t you want to be proud of how you’re living?
Earlier this week, Rihanna turned down an offer to headline the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show as a way to support Kaepernick.
In 2016, Schumer appeared with Seth Rogen in a politically-themed Bud Light ad, "Raise One to Right Now," during Super Bowl 50, ESPN reported.
In her Instagram post, Schumer said she hoped Maroon 5, set to headline the halftime show at Super Bowl LIII, will reconsider and withdraw.
She also suggested that white NFL players should join black players by taking a knee.
“Why not kneel next to your brothers?” Schumer wrote. “Otherwise, how are you not complicit?”
Kaepernick was released by the 49ers after the 2016 season and hasn’t played since.
He filed a grievance against the NFL and team owners last year, accusing them of conspiring to keep him from playing in the league.
A Nike ad campaign featuring Kaepernick as the face of the athletic retail giant’s “Just Do It” 30th anniversary has sparked debate, controversy and boycotts.
Schumer was arrested Oct. 4 during a protest in Washington against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, CNN reported.
It was not clear if Schumer was approached to appear in an ad to run during Super Bowl LIII, ESPN reported.
Def Leppard frontman admits he thought “that’s the drugs talking” when drummer said he’d play again days after accident.
Ex-Dio member Craig Goldy recalls being forbidden to play solos, and how he broke rules to befriend Deep Purple icon.
“We’ll bury it in the mix” line was invented, according to ELO leader.
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