'Top Gun: Maverick' Joins Billion Dollar Club
The movie theater is coming back after pandemic lows, and this time they have Tom Cruise to thank. Top Gun: Maverick has grossed more than $1 billion at global box offices since it hit the big screen just five weeks ago. It is a testament to not only the staying power of Cruise and the Top Gun franchise but also to the experience of sitting in a theater and enjoying a movie. The sequel film became just the 50th Hollywood blockbuster to reach the billion-dollar mark (not adjusted for inflation). Also this weekend, Elvis debuted with $30.5 million at the U.S. box office, taking the top spot.
Paul McCartney Rocks Glastonbury
Glastonbury 2022 is living up to the hype for music fans. The legend himself, Sir Paul McCartney, rocked the Glastonbury crowd for three hours as he took them on a musical journey spanning 65 years. The 80-year-old rock star was also joined on stage by two legends from across the pond: "The Boss" Bruce Springsteen and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. The festival closed last night with Kendrick Lamar covered in fake blood and a diamond-encrusted crown of thorns in an apparent protest against last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.
BET Awards 2022
The 2022 BET Awards went down last night in Los Angeles, and it couldn't have been more fitting as the U.S. observes Black Music Month. Diddy, Puff Daddy, or maybe you know him simply as Sean Combs, was honored with the network's lifetime achievement award and celebrated by a number of artists he helped mold over the years. Some of the performers paying tribute to Brother Love included Mary J. Blige, Lil' Kim, and The Lox. Other winners from the night included Kendrick Lamar and Megan Thee Stallion who won for best male and female hip hop artist respectively, and rapper Latto won best new artist. A popular theme among presenters and winners last night was addressing the historic reversal of Roe v. Wade and the call to protect women's rights.
Rising Costs in Hollywood
From supply chain hiccups to inflation wreaking havoc on our everyday lives, our entertainment is now under threat as well. Production studios in Hollywood are running into trouble when it comes to building sets and keeping the projects within budget as the price of materials like lumber and metal skyrocket. Brian Cooper, partner at S2CO, a studio and soundstage company, told the Hollywood Reporter, "All across the board, we're facing increased costs," he said. "Where I could build a $3 million stage five years ago, that's $8 million, now."
'Umbrella Academy' Tops Netflix
After reigning supreme on Netflix for nearly a month, Stranger Things has finally been dethroned from the top spot on the streaming platform. For the last several weeks, there really hasn't been much competition for the 1980s-themed sci-fi series until the third season of Umbrella Academy dropped. The superhero show will enjoy the top spot this week and maybe even beyond but Stranger Things is likely to get another boost after Part Two of Season Four is released in July.
Colorado Avalanche Hoist Stanley Cup
Colorado hockey fans are celebrating today and looking forward to the big parade after the Avalanche secured the Stanley Cup in a 2-1 victory in Game 6 over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday. It's the third championship win in franchise history and its first since 2001. While the Colorado boys just secured their hardware, the future is uncertain as the Avalanche has at least 10 unrestricted free agents heading into next season.