KATY PERRY: Meets Pope Francis
On Saturday, Katy Perry met His Holiness, Pope Francis. She brought along her lover, Orlando Bloom. People magazine confirmed the couple is "dating exclusively again and things seem more serious."
Katy claimed on Instagram that she traveled to Vatican City for the Unite to Cure conference. It's an international meeting focused on treating cancer. Katy, who is no scientist, spoke there about the healing qualities of mediation.
However, Katy may have had an ulterior motive in meeting His Holiness. Pope Francis the final word on the sale of a 14 million dollar convent in Los Angeles. Katy’s been in legal battles to purchase the property.
In addition, Katy needed to seek forgiveness. A former tenant of that convent, Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, died suddenly in March. The stress of fighting Katy was too much. The Sister’s heart simply gave out. She collapsed in the court room and never recovered. (People)
KIM KARDASHIAN: "We Really Were Rooting for Khloé"
Monday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Kim Kardashian shares her feelings about Tristan Thompson.
Kim kept her anger in check, but bluntly stated, (quote) “It's just so effed up. We really were rooting for Khloé. She's doing the best that she can. It's a really sad situation.”
Khloé Kardashian has stayed in Cleveland to raise their daughter, True Thompson. Khloé has apparently forgiven Tristan. But for the time being, he spends nights at a hotel. Ironically, that's how his troubles started in the first place.
Kim took a step back from completely slamming Tristan for cheating on her little sister. Because it’s family and a child is involved, Kim said, (quote) “I'm going to try not to say anything so negative. One day, True is going to see this.”
DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS: Winners
The Daytime Emmy Awards were held Sunday night on a lengthy program that was, ironically, not shown on television. Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood hosted. There are far too many categories to run down, but some of the winners include:
Outstanding Morning Program: Good Morning America
Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment: The Talk
Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host: Steve Harvey
Outstanding Game Show: The Price Is Right
Outstanding Game Show Host: Wayne Brady (Let's Make a Deal)
Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program: Judge Mathis
Outstanding Talk Show Informative: The Dr. Oz Show
Onetime Glee star Lea Michele got engaged to clothing company president Zandy Reich over the weekend. The 31-year-old actress showed off the four-carat diamond ring that he designed in an Instagram post.
On Sunday night, episode #636 of The Simpsons set an historic TV record. Matt Groening's cartoon has now aired the most scripted episodes ever by a prime-time series. What show did it have to pass to achieve that? Gunsmoke. The western ran for 20 seasons, from 1955 to 1975.
MoviePass is cutting down on its offer of unlimited movies. The deal for new subscribers is now capped at four movies a month. And free repeat viewings of the same movie are no longer allowed.
Michael Anderson, who got an Academy Awards nomination for directing Around the World in 80 Days in 1957, has died. The British director, who was 98, directed Logan's Runand The Quiller Memorandum, among many other films.
For April 27th - 29th:
- Avengers: Infinity War - $250 million
- A Quiet Place - $10.65 million
- I Feel Pretty - $8.1 million
- Rampage - $7.1 million
- Black Panther - $4.4 million
Avengers: Infinity War positively utterly demolished the competition, setting all-time opening-weekend records. The superhero sequel collected $250 million domestically and $630 million worldwide.
If you're into horse races, the previous record-holder was Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248 million in 2015). Only four other films have topped $200 million in their first weekends: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jurassic World, The Avengers and Black Panther.
The first-place champion left little on the table for the other films out there right now. The horror hit A Quiet Place did half the business of the previous weekend and dropped from number-one to number-two.
Amy Schumer's I Feel Pretty clung to third place, but also had only half as much revenue as last weekend. Rampage fared even worse, dropping from number-two to number-four after a two-thirds drop-off.
The only other winner of the week was Black Panther, which sold another $4.4 million in tickets 11 weeks into its run and surged back into the Top 5.
TAYLOR SWIFT: Breaks Attendance Record
The Taylor Swift Reputation Tour starts one week from tomorrow.
Phoenix hosts opening night on May 8th. The president of the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority exclaimed, (quote) “The frenzy continues to grow as Taylor Swift has already broken the University of Phoenix Stadium's concert attendance record. It was previously held by One Direction in 2014 with 56,524 fans.” (Billboard)
Believe it or not, Taylor still has not sold out this show. With just one week remaining and at least 1,000 floor seats are available through Ticketmaster. Even premium sections that are directly in front of Taylor’s three stages are still not sold out. (Ticketmaster)
Over the weekend, Taylor revealed to her 107 million Instagram followers that the main stage stands 10 stories tall. The back wall is a massive video screen that seamlessly melds with the stage surface. (quote) “It looks so cool from the upper sections of the stadiums! It's kind of like you're walking on an optical illusion.” (Billboard)
JASON MRAZ: New Single and Video
Jason Mraz has put out a new single and video ahead of his summer tour.
"Have It All" is on YouTube and all streaming sites now, and it's inspired by a blessing from a Buddhist monk that Mraz received during a visit to Myanmar in 2012. He decided to rework the song and release it now because it "stood out as a song with a hopeful message to help me heal and move forward; a song with a message of generosity -- the antithesis of despondency."
Mraz's Good Vibes tour with Brett Dennen kicks off on July 25th in Grand Rapids, Michigan.