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Last Update on July 03, 2015 07:10 GMT

JULY FOURTH BOX OFFICE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's magic versus Arnold at the nation's movie theaters this holiday weekend. "Magic Mike XXL" is taking an early lead in July Fourth weekend ticket sales. Channing Tatum stars in the male-stripper sequel, which goes head-to-head with "Terminator Genisys." Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to his signature role, in the fifth installment of the Terminator sci-fi franchise. Both films are trying to knock "Jurassic World" out of the top spot. Pixar's "Inside Out" is another holdover that could do well against the two new films. This year's Independence Day weekend should be much better than last year for Hollywood, which was one of the worst in decades.

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Jamie Friar

It's magic versus Arnold at the nation's movie theaters. The AP's Jamie Friar looks at the holiday weekend box office race. ((opens with sound))

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Jamie Friar

Dinosaurs, male strippers and the Terminator are all vying for box office dominance, as the AP's Jamie Friar reports.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke

Here are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke in an excerpt of "Terminator Genisys" trailer.

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Andie MacDowell and Joe Manganiello

Here are Andie MacDowell and Joe Manganiello in excerpt of "Magic Mike XXL" trailer.

TRUMP-FALLOUT

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The show will go on for 51 beauty queens whose TV future hung in the balance after controversial comments made by Donald Trump. The Reelz channel has picked up the Miss USA pageant, saying the event is "an integral part of American tradition." Reelz CEO Stan E. Hubbard says Donald Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants were incredibly insensitive and wrong, but the event is "non-political." He says the licensing fee the channel negotiated with the pageant ensures Trump will not profit from the event. Reelz reaches about 70 million viewers.

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Stan E. Hubbard, president and CEO, Reelz channel

Reelz channel president and CEO Stan E. Hubbard says Reelz is not condoning Donald Trumps remarks about Mexican immigrants by signing on to broadcast the Miss USA pageant, which is co-owned by Trump.

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Stan E. Hubbard, president and CEO, Reelz channel

Reelz channel president and CEO Stan E. Hubbard says Reelz is not trying to help out Donald Trump by airing the Miss USA pageant.

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Stan E. Hubbard, president and CEO, Reelz channel

Reelz channel president and CEO Stan E. Hubbard says getting the chance to broadcast the Miss USA pageant is a rare opportunity.

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Stan E. Hubbard, president and CEO, Reelz channel

Reelz channel president and CEO Stan E. Hubbard says it would be tragic if the Miss USA pageant were to be denied a national television broadcast.

HULK HOGAN SEX VIDEO TRIAL POSTPONED

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The civil trial over the Hulk Hogan sex tape is on temporary hold. The former pro-wrestler is suing the website Gawker and the trial had been scheduled to begin Monday. But yesterday a federal appeals court in Florida issued a procedural opinion regarding trial rules. It said some defense motions had been filed too close to the scheduled start date. Hogan is suing for $100 million after Gawker released parts of a sex video involving him and Heather Cole, the ex-wife of Hogan's one-time friend and radio show host Bubba the Love Sponge Clem. Gawker says Hogan talked in detail about his sex life before the video's release, which made the story newsworthy. No new trial date has been set.

MARISA TOMEI JOINING `EMPIRE'

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei is joining season 2 of the Fox hit "Empire." Entertainment Weekly reports Tomei plays a venture capitalist who loves hip hop, fashion and beautiful women. EW says Empire's roster of guest-stars next season will include Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, and Adam Rodriguez.

NEW `TO TELL THE TRUTH' COMING TO ABC

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- NeNe Leakes and Betty White are teaming up. ABC says the reality star and veteran actress will be among the celebrity panelists on the network's revival of the '50s game show, "To Tell the Truth." White was a panelist on the first incarnation of the show. Anthony Anderson will host. ABC hasn't announced an air date.


Entertainment History

July 04, 2015 07:05 GMT

On July 4, 1974, Steely Dan performed a concert in Santa Monica, California. They did not tour again for 18 years.

In 1982, Diana Ross kicked off her first world solo tour with a concert at Giants Stadium. Miles Davis opened the show.

Also in 1982, Ozzy Osbourne married manager Sharon Arden.

In 1983, Wayne Newton performed in Washington for a national Independence Day party instead of the Beach Boys. Interior Secretary James Watt had said the Beach Boys attracted "the wrong element."

In 1995, actress Eva Gabor died of complications from pneumonia at a hospital in Los Angeles. She was 74.

In 1997, newsman Charles Kuralt died in New York of complications from lupus. He was 62.

In 2002, "A Little Less Converation" by Elvis Presley, remixed by Junkie XL, hit No. 1 on the singles chart, 25 years after Presley's death.

Also in 2002, actress Julia Roberts married cameraman Daniel Moder outside Taos, New Mexico.

In 2003, singer Barry White died in Los Angeles after battling kidney problems and a stroke. He was 58.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Eva Marie Saint is 91. Actress Gina Lollobrigida is 88. Playwright Neil Simon is 88. Singer Bill Withers is 77. Actress Karolyn Grimes (Zuzu in "It's A Wonderful Life") is 75. TV talk show host Geraldo Rivera is 72. Percussionist Ralph Johnson of Earth, Wind and Fire is 64. Percussionist Domingo Ortiz of Widespread Panic is 63. Singer John Waite is 60. Guitarist Kirk Pengilly (PEN'-geh-lee) of INXS (in-ex-ES') is 57. Steel guitarist Teddy Carr (Ricochet) is 55. DJ Zonka (Big Audio Dynamite) is 43. Singer Michael Sweet of Stryper is 52. Bassist Matt Malley (Counting Crows) is 52. Actor-comedian Al Madrigal ("Gary Unmarried," "The Daily Show") is 44. Actor John Lloyd Young ("Jersey Boys") is 40. Singer Stephen "Ste" McNally of BBMak is 37. Actress Becki Newton ("Ugly Betty") is 37. Reality star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino ("Jersey Shore") is 33. Singer Melanie Fiona is 32.

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