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Last Update on May 04, 2015 07:13 GMT

BOX OFFICE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The "Avengers" rule. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" opens at number-one this weekend. The Avengers sequel takes in a staggering $187.7 million. That's the second best opening ever, topped only by the first Avengers movie in 2012. Although Ultron was the only new film in wide release this weekend, it had some significant small screen competition. Some people may have stayed home to watch the Kentucky Derby, the NBA playoffs, or the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight. The "Age of Adaline" was a distant second this weekend, followed by "Furious 7," which had spent four weekends at number-one.

The competition is no match for the "Avengers" -- as the AP's Jamie Friar reports.

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Sound of Elizabeth Olsen and James Spader

Sound of Elizabeth Olsen and James Spader in a scene from "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the number one movie this weekend at the box office.

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Sound of Jeremy Renner

Sound of Jeremy Renner in a scene from "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the top movie this weekend at the box office.

BRUCE JENNER - LAWSUIT

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A week after telling the world he's becoming a woman, Bruce Jenner is back in the news -- because of a fatal car wreck he was involved in back in February. The stepchildren of the woman killed in the accident have filed a wrongful death suit. Authorities in Los Angeles say Jenner's SUV struck a car driven by Kim Howe, pushing it into oncoming traffic. She died at the scene. The lawsuit doesn't say how much the plaintiffs are seeking, but they say the family suffered "great losses." Jenner hasn't been charged in the case, but an investigation is continuing.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Bruce Jenner is being sued over a fatal car accident in February.

NBC PLANS NEW DRAMAS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- NBC's headquarters are in New York City. But its programmers seem fairly infatuated with Chicago. The network is expanding the number of shows with the Windy City as a backdrop. "Chicago Med" is the latest, joining "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago P.D." The new show is set in a hospital emergency room -- and will star Oliver Platt and S. Epatha Merkerson.

BARACK OBAMA - DAVID LETTERMAN

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Last week, first lady Michelle Obama was on "Late Show" with David Letterman. Now, it's the president's turn. Barack Obama will be on tonight, for his third time as president and eighth time overall. Letterman is retiring later this month. Between now and then, he will be stocking his couch with as many big-name guests as he can. Letterman's final show will be May 20.

MDA TO END LABOR DAY TELETHON

NEW YORK (AP) -- In its last two years it was more of a mini-thon than a telethon. And now, the Muscular Dystrophy Association is pulling the plug on its annual Labor Day weekend altogether. The MDA says the way people watch TV these days -- and make donations to charities -- spells the end to telethons. The show used to run 21 hours over the holiday weekend. But in the past two years since longtime host Jerry Lewis was replaced, the show was only two hours long.


Entertainment History

May 04, 2015 14:23 GMT

(Following Advance for Use Wednesday, May 13)

On May 13th, 1955, a riot broke out at an Elvis Presley concert in Jacksonville, Florida. It was the first time trouble was reported at one of his concerts. Witnesses say the crowd went crazy when Presley said, "Girls, I'll see you backstage."

In 1971, Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane smashed her car into a wall, forcing the cancellation of a recording session.

In 1974, more than 50 people were injured outside of a Jackson Five concert in Washington when fans started smashing bottles.

In 1977, The Beatles released their first live album, "The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl."

In 1985, Bruce Springsteen and actress Julianne Phillips got married in Oregon on her birthday. They divorced in 1988, and Springsteen later married his backup singer, Patti Scialfa.

In 1992, guitarist John Frusciante (froo-SHAN'-tee) quit the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He rejoined the band six years later.

In 1997, members of Midnight Oil purposely blocked traffic in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to protest the city's air quality. They sat in arm chairs and sofas in the middle of a normally busy street for an hour.

In 2004, the final episode of "Frasier" aired on NBC.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Buck Taylor ("Gunsmoke," "Gods and Generals") is 77. Actor Harvey Keitel is 76. Actor Franklyn Ajaye is 66. Actress Zoe Wanamaker ("Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone") is 66. Singer Stevie Wonder is 65. Actress Leslie Winston (TV: "The Waltons") is 59. Comedian Stephen Colbert (kohl-BEHR') ("The Colbert Report") is 51. Drummer John Richardson of The Gin Blossoms is 51. Actor Tom Verica ("American Dreams") is 51. Country singer Lari White is 50. Singer Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish is 49. Drummer Andy Williams of Casting Crowns is 43. Bassist Mickey Madden of Maroon 5 is 36. Actress Lena Dunham ("Girls") is 29. Actor Robert Pattinson is 29. Actress Candice Accola ("The Vampire Diaries") is 28. Bassist Wylie Gelber of Dawes is 27. Actress Debby Ryan ("Jessie") is 22.

(Above for release Wednesday, May 13th)

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