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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))

<<CUT ..002 (07/03/15)>> 00:13 "weekend is over"

Jamie Friar

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

<<CUT ..003 (07/03/15)>> 00:04 "be back, what? (sound effects fade)"

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke

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

<<CUT ..004 (07/03/15)>> 00:10 "day ma'am, oh (music fades)"

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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<<CUT ..005 (07/03/15)>> 00:15 "way those remarks"

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.

<<CUT ..006 (07/03/15)>> 00:04 "to watch it"

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.

<<CUT ..007 (07/03/15)>> 00:08 "when there's controversy"

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.

<<CUT ..008 (07/03/15)>> 00:13 "day in the sun"

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 05, 2015 07:09 GMT

On July 5, 1954, Elvis Presley began his first recording session for Sun Records. The result was his first single "That's All Right" backed by "Blue Moon of Kentucky."

In 1956, Billie Holiday's autobiography, "Lady Sings The Blues," was published.

In 1965, the Rolling Stones held their first recording session in the U.S. at a studio in Los Angeles.

In 1969, The Rolling Stones held a free concert in London's Hyde Park. Mick Jagger read poetry in memory of the late Brian Jones.

In 1975, the Knebworth Pop Festival was held near London, with Pink Floyd as the headliner.

In 1978, the EMI Record pressing plant in Britain stopped printing the cover for the Rolling Stones' "Some Girls" album after some celebrities shown in the cover's mock wigs advertisement complained.

In 1983, bandleader and musician Harry James died in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 67.

In 1994, Hootie and the Blowfish released the album "Cracked Rear View."

In 1997, the first Lilith Fair opened in George, Washington.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Katherine Helmond ("Who's The Boss," "Soap") is 86. Actress Shirley Knight is 79. Musician Robbie Robertson is 72. Singer Huey Lewis is 65. Country keyboardist Charles Ventre of River Road is 63. Singer Marc Cohn is 56. Actress Edie Falco ("The Sopranos") is 52. Actres Kathryn Erbe (er-BEE') ("Law and Order: Criminal Intent") is 50. Rapper RZA (RIH'-zah) is 46. Singer Joe is 42. Drummer Bengt Lagerberg of The Cardigans is 42. Rapper Bizarre of D12 is 39. Rapper Royce da 5'9" is 38. Singer Jason Wade of Lifehouse is 35. Musician Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum is 33. Bassist Nick O'Malley of Arctic Monkeys is 30.

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