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Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis suffers

Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.March 2, 2019, 3:25 AM GMTBy VarietyLOS ANGELES — Jerry Lee Lewis, the 83-year-old rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, suffered a minor stroke Thursday night, according to his representative.”Right now we’re just asking for prayers, and asking the media…

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LOS ANGELES — Jerry Lee Lewis, the 83-year-old rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, suffered a minor stroke Thursday night, according to his representative.

“Right now we’re just asking for prayers, and asking the media to express how important Jerry is,” his publicist, Zach Farnum, said.

Asked if any of the singer’s upcoming dates are being canceled (he’s scheduled to play at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival April 28, followed by dates in Tennessee and Virginia in May and June), Farnum said, “As of now we don’t see any reason we have to, which is a good sign,” Farnum said.

A statement posted on Lewis’ official Facebook page and to media said: “Last night, Jerry Lee Lewis suffered a minor stroke. He is with his family, recuperating in Memphis and the doctors expect a full recovery. The Killer looks forward to getting back into the studio soon to record a gospel record and on the road performing live for his fans. His family requests privacy at this time. Well wishes and prayers are greatly appreciated.”

The post ended with a Bible citation, Jeremiah 30:17: “‘But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the Lord.”

Although Lewis has slowed his touring in recent years, he has averaged at least a gig a month in recent times, and was performing as recently as two weeks ago in Greenville, SC.

He played the Riot Fest in Chicago last fall and the Stagecoach Festival in California in 2017.

His most recent album, “Rock & Roll Time,” which paired him with partners like Keith Richards, Robbie Robertson and Neil Young, was released in 2014.

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Jordan Peele surprises Hollywood again: ‘Us’ brings in

New York (CNN Business)Jordan Peele’s new horror film terrified audiences and shattered expectations at the box office this weekend.”Us,” the director’s second film, made an estimated $70.3 million in North America — more than tripling its production budget of $20 million. It exceeded industry expectations in a big way. The film was initially projected by…

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New York (CNN Business)Jordan Peele’s new horror film terrified audiences and shattered expectations at the box office this weekend.

“Us,” the director’s second film, made an estimated $70.3 million in North America — more than tripling its production budget of $20 million.
It exceeded industry expectations in a big way. The film was initially projected by industry experts to bring in closer to $45 million this weekend.
The R-rated film stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as parents trying to fend off an attack from evil Doppelgängers. The film has made $87 million worldwide.
“There’s nothing scary about horror for Hollywood,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.
“Us” is another hit for Peele and Universal.
Peele’s “Get Out” was a critically acclaimed blockbuster in theaters two years ago. It hauled in $255 million at the box office globally — $33 million on its opening weekend. That was 56 times its budget. “Get Out” was also nominated for four Oscars, and Peele won for Best Original Screenplay. As for Universal, the studio now has the second, third and fourth biggest openings of the year — with “Us,” “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” and “Glass.”
The No. 1 opening in 2019 was by “Captain Marvel,” from Disney and Marvel Studios.
“Us” represents another horror hit for Hollywood. Scary films such as “It,” “Halloween” and “A Quiet Place” have made big money on low budgets in recent years.
Strong reviews and word of mouth helped propel “Us.”
The film has a 94% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes and has been building buzz since its premiere at Austin’s SXSW conference earlier this month. Audiences gave it a CinemaScore of B.

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Dubai denies there were plans for R. Kelly

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Dubai’s government on Sunday forcefully denied a claim by R&B artist R. Kelly that the artist had planned concerts in the sheikhdom after he had sought permission from an Illinois judge to travel here despite facing sexual-abuse …

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Dubai’s government on Sunday forcefully denied a claim by R&B artist R. Kelly that the artist had planned concerts in the sheikhdom after he had sought permission from an Illinois judge to travel here despite facing sexual-abuse …
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Box Office: ‘Captain Marvel’ Shatters $900 Million Milestone

Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel” continues to do heroic business. In its latest box office milestone, the female-fronted superhero tentpole zoomed past $900 million in ticket sales worldwide. “Captain Marvel” brought in a mighty $87 million globally this weekend, including $52 million from international territories. It has now generated $589 million overseas for a global haul…

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Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel” continues to do heroic business. In its latest box office milestone, the female-fronted superhero tentpole zoomed past $900 million in ticket sales worldwide.

Captain Marvel” brought in a mighty $87 million globally this weekend, including $52 million from international territories. It has now generated $589 million overseas for a global haul of $910 million. At the domestic box office, “Captain Marvel” brought in an impressive $35 million during its third weekend of release, bringing its North American tally to $320 million.

It now ranks as the 10th-biggest comic-book release of all time, surpassing the lifetime hauls of superhero movies like “Thor: Ragnarok” ($854 million), “Venom” ($855 million), and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” ($880 million).

“Captain Marvel” injected a much-needed boost into the worldwide box office. It’s far and away the biggest movie of the year. It’s no surprise, considering Marvel positioned the film as an essential stepping stone ahead of “Avengers: Endgame,” the epic conclusion arriving this summer that will determine the fate of a number of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. At the end of “Avengers: Infinity War,” Marvel set up Larson’s Carol Danvers as the last, best hope after Thanos turned half of life in the universe to dust.

Meanwhile, Jordan Peele’s “Us” launched overseas with $16.7 million from 47 foreign markets. Starring Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, the psychological thriller about a family terrorized by a group of doppelgangers drummed up a massive $70 million at the domestic box office for a worldwide start of $86.95 million. “Us” saw the best debut in the United Kingdom ($3.7 million), followed by France ($2 million), Spain ($1.2 million), and Germany ($1.4 million).

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