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Box Office Top 20: 'Transformers 5' tops with series low

Michael Bay's "Transformers: The Last Knight" topped the box office charts, but it was a dubious success. The fifth installment in the series took in a franchise low of $68.5 million in its first five days in theaters, $44.7 million of which came from weekend sales.

In second place, "Wonder Woman" took in an additional $24.9 million in its fourth weekend in theaters, pushing the superhero pic over the $300 million mark. It beat out Disney and Pixar's "Cars 3," which fell to $24.1 million in its second weekend, bringing its domestic totally to $98.8 million.

Rounding out the top five were the Mandy Moore shark thriller "47 Meters Down" in fourth place with $7.1 million, and "The Mummy," in fifth place, with $6.1 million.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:

1. "Transformers: The Last Knight," Paramount, $44,680,073, 4,069 locations, $10,981 average, $68,475,562, 1 Week.

2. "Wonder Woman," Warner Bros., $24,906,310, 3,933 locations, $6,333 average, $318,111,468, 4 Weeks.

3. "Cars 3," Disney, $24,074,497, 4,256 locations, $5,657 average, $98,782,390, 2 Weeks.

4. "47 Meters Down," Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, $7,088,262, 2,471 locations, $2,869 average, $23,914,194, 2 Weeks.

5. "The Mummy," Universal, $6,060,495, 2,980 locations, $2,034 average, $68,744,165, 3 Weeks.

6. "All Eyez On Me," Lionsgate, $5,806,975, 2,471 locations, $2,350 average, $38,599,294, 2 Weeks.

7. "Pirates Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," Disney, $5,396,243, 2,453 locations, $2,200 average, $160,161,569, 5 Weeks.

8. "Rough Night," Sony, $4,703,261, 3,162 locations, $1,487 average, $16,638,208, 2 Weeks.

9. "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie," 20th Century Fox, $4,284,115, 2,328 locations, $1,840 average, $65,747,291, 4 Weeks.

10. "Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2," Disney, $3,023,042, 1,468 locations, $2,059 average, $380,236,369, 8 Weeks.

11. "Beatriz At Dinner," Roadside Attractions, $1,759,977, 491 locations, $3,584 average, $2,953,757, 3 Weeks.

12. "The Book Of Henry," Focus Features, $948,369, 646 locations, $1,468 average, $3,105,724, 2 Weeks.

13. "Tubelight," Yash Raj Films, $930,058, 338 locations, $2,752 average, $930,058, 1 Week.

14. "It Comes At Night," A24, $800,325, 819 locations, $977 average, $13,043,493, 3 Weeks.

15. "Baywatch," Paramount, $748,404, 480 locations, $1,559 average, $56,656,293, 5 Weeks.

16. "Paris Can Wait," Sony Pictures Classics, $572,743, 408 locations, $1,404 average, $4,153,090, 7 Weeks.

17. "The Big Sick," Lionsgate, $421,577, 5 locations, $84,315 average, $421,577, 1 Week.

18. "Alien: Covenant," 20th Century Fox, $341,308, 294 locations, $1,161 average, $73,334,769, 6 Weeks.

19. "The Boss Baby," 20th Century Fox, $330,791, 241 locations, $1,373 average, $173,080,163, 13 Weeks.

20. "The Hero," The Orchard, $297,927, 81 locations, $3,678 average, $555,891, 3 Weeks.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

U2 bassist thanks band for helping him through addiction

In a frank and heartfelt speech, U2 bassist Adam Clayton thanked his bandmates of four decades for their support during his treatment and recovery for alcohol abuse years ago, and then joined them for a rollicking rendition of a few hits.

"We have a pact with each other," said Clayton, 57, who was receiving an award from MusiCares, the charity arm of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. "In our band, no one will be a casualty. We all come home, or none of us come home. No one will be left behind. Thank you for honoring that promise, and letting me be in your band."

He ended by quoting lyrics that Bono, U2's frontman, had written when the band was starting out: "If you walk away, walk away, I will follow." At that, his bandmates came out to join him, performing "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of," ''Vertigo" and, fittingly, "I Will Follow."

The evening at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square also featured performances by rapper Michael Franti, Jack Garratt, reggae singer Chronixx, Macy Gray, and The Lumineers, who are currently appearing with U2 on their "Joshua Tree" tour.

Clayton was introduced by British record producer Chris Blackwell as someone who "lived through addiction and came out the other side, and has been courageous enough to admit it."

Taking the stage, the bassist quipped: "I'm not used to achieving anything on my own."

Turning serious, he said: "I'm an alcoholic, addict, but in some ways that devastating disease is what drove me towards this wonderful life I now have. It's just that I couldn't take my friend alcohol. At some point I had to leave it behind and claim my full potential."

He said part of the reason he had a hard time quitting drinking was that, "I didn't think you could be in a band and not drink. It is so much a part of our culture."

It was Eric Clapton, he said, who finally told him he needed help.

"He didn't sugarcoat it. He told me that I needed to change my life and that I wouldn't regret it," Clayton said. He credited another friend, The Who's Pete Townshend, for visiting him in rehab, where he "put steel on my back."

As for his bandmates, Clayton said, "I was lucky because I had three friends who could see what was going on and who loved me enough to take up the slack of my failing. Bono, The Edge, and Larry (Mullen) truly supported me before and after I entered recovery, and I am unreservedly grateful for their friendship, understanding and support."

Clayton received the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, which offers musicians access to addiction recovery treatment.

Arriving at the theater earlier, he told reporters the fund was especially important given the current epidemic of opioid addiction. "MusiCares ... really provides funding for a lot of people to look into those things and find help," he said.

He added that his bandmates had been supporting him for 40 years.

"You know, I guess they loved me before I knew how to love myself," he said. "So it's really important that they share this with me."

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John Carucci in New York contributed to this report.

Cosby venue could move to California in sex abuse lawsuit

The stage for Bill Cosby's next legal challenge shifts to California with a hearing scheduled Tuesday to set a trial date in a lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting a teen at the Playboy Mansion more than 40 years ago.

Judy Huth accused the comedian of forcing her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom at the mansion around 1974 when she was 15.

The hearing comes less than two weeks after a Pennsylvania jury deadlocked on criminal charges against Cosby.

A mistrial was declared June 17 on charges Cosby drugged and molested Andrea Constand, the former Temple University director of women's basketball, at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Cosby said the encounter was consensual.

Cosby's legal team declared victory after the mistrial, though Pennsylvania prosecutors vowed to retry him.

The comedian and actor once known as "America's Dad" for his TV role on "The Cosby Show" as paternal Dr. Cliff Huxtable has had his reputation tarnished with accusations of sexual abuse by nearly 60 women.

In the wake of the criminal trial, though, Cosby is planning town hall meetings in an attempt to restore his legacy.

Cosby, 79, is fighting lawsuits by 10 women on both coasts. Three have filed sexual battery or defamation cases in California, and seven have sued for defamation in Massachusetts, where Cosby has a home. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents Huth, said the judge in Los Angeles Superior Court judge may delay setting a trial date to let Pennsylvania prosecutors pursue the retrial against Cosby first.

A second deposition by Cosby was put on hold pending the criminal case. His first deposition in the Huth case is sealed.

A spokesman for Cosby didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

The Latest: 3 CNN journalists resign over retracted story

The Latest on a retracted CNN story about a supposed investigation in a Donald Trump associated and the head of a Russian investment fund (all times local):

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CNN says it has accepted the resignations of three employees involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund.

The story was posted Thursday on CNN's website. It was retracted the next night, and CNN apologized to Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump transition team member named in the story.

CNN said the story didn't meet its editorial standards. A network executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss personnel issues, said Monday that story author Thomas Frank resigned. Also losing their jobs are Eric Lichtblau, an assistant managing editor at the organization's Washington bureau, and Lex Harris, head of the investigations unit.

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CNN wasn't saying Monday what led it to retract a story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund.

The story posted Thursday on CNN's website said Senate investigators are looking into the meeting between Anthony Scaramucci, a member of Trump's transition team, and Kirill Dmitriev, whose Russian Direct Investment Fund guides investments by U.S. entities in Russia. Scaramucci, in the story, said he exchanged pleasantries in a restaurant with Dmitriev.

On Friday night, CNN removed the story, saying it did not meet the news organization's standards. CNN apologized to Scaramucci.

It was unclear whether the story by reporter Thomas Frank appeared on any of CNN's television networks.

Wisconsin wants 'Making a Murderer' inmate to stay in jail

Wisconsin attorneys asked a federal appeals court Monday to keep an inmate featured in the Netxflix series "Making a Murderer" behind bars while they fight a second ruling overturning his conviction.

The state Department of Justice's filing argues Brendan Dassey should remain in prison because his case is far from settled. The agency will appeal the ruling to the full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals within the next two weeks, has the right to seek review in the U.S. Supreme Court or could retry him, the filing said. A Wisconsin jury also found Dassey guilty of "heinous crimes," which points to keeping him locked up, the filing added.

"Dassey's release pending full resolution of this appeal would harm the public interest, as he has been convicted of rape, murder, and mutilation of a corpse, thereby establishing his dangerousness to the public," the filing said.

Dassey's attorneys, Laura Nirider and Robert Dvorek, didn't immediately respond to email messages seeking comment.

Dassey told detectives that he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill photographer Teresa Halbach at the Avery family's salvage yard in eastern Wisconsin's Manitowoc County on Halloween 2005. A jury in 2007 convicted him of first-degree intentional homicide, mutilating a corpse and second-degree sexual assault. He was sentenced to life. Avery was sentenced to life as well in a separate trial.

A federal magistrate judge overturned Dassey's conviction in August 2016, finding his confession was coerced. Investigators took advantage of his below-average intelligence and his age — he was 16 when Halbach died — to obtain his statements, the judge found.

He has remained behind bars while the state Department of Justice appealed. A three-judge panel from the 7th Circuit ruled 2-1 Thursday that the confession was indeed coerced.

Dassey's attorneys asked the court to release him immediately. They contend that he's now 27 and keeping him locked up while state attorneys continue to appeal could cost him more months or even years.

Dassey and Avery have long maintained police framed them. Their cases burst into the national consciousness after the "Making a Murderer" series debuted in December 2015. The filmmakers cast doubt on the legal process in the cases, sparking widespread speculation about their innocence. Both men have accumulated thousands of fans on social media.

Authorities who worked the cases insist the documentary was biased. Prosecutor Ken Kratz wrote in his book "Avery" that Dassey was "a shuffling, mumbling young man with bad skin and broken-bowl haircut" who could have rescued Halbach but instead involved himself in her rape and murder. Avery, he wrote, is "by any measure of the evidence, stone guilty."

Avery is pursuing his own appeal.

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Detroit studio gets historic marker after facing demolition

A legendary recording studio in Detroit that once welcomed artists such as Aretha Franklin and Miles Davis has received a historic marker just four years after being targeted for demolition.

United Sound Systems installed the approximately $5,000 sign last week after the Detroit Sound Conservancy helped it acquire a historic designation, MLive (http://bit.ly/2sKbOvZ ) reported.

The studio was founded by Italian violinist and recording engineer James "Jimmie" Siracuse and holds bragging rights over the first single for Tamla Records — the label that would later become Barry Gordy's Motown Records. But it shuttered its doors in the mid-2000s, and the building was targeted for demolition in 2013 under a plan to widen I-94.

Federal authorities sought to seize the property last year. Court records show that investigators believe it was purchased in 2009 with money from cocaine trafficking.

A trial for Dwayne Richards, who authorities say bankrolled the building's purchase for $20,000, is set for October.

State transportation authorities have backed off from demolition plans.

Detroit Sound Conservancy works to protect Detroit's sonic history by hosting club and studio tours, preserving old recordings and restoring artifacts important to the Motor City music scene.

Conservancy founder Carleton Gholz said the studio's story is not only a tale of great entertainment but also the narrative of two unique Detroit entrepreneurs.

"One was an Italian immigrant living the American dream, and the other was an African American Detroiter living the American dream," Gholz said. "I would honestly say that a lot of people don't know (the history of United Sound Systems). That's our role at the DSC, to explore how deep all this stuff is. We can't take that for granted."

Spokeswoman: Cosby town hall's about education, not assault

A spokeswoman for Bill Cosby is clarifying the purpose of the comedian's planned town hall meetings after she and a colleague initially appeared to draw a link between the meetings and his mistrial on felony charges of sexual assault.

"I just want to be clear," Ebonee Benson told CNN. "The town hall meetings are not about sexual assault. I will repeat: These town hall meetings are not about sexual assault."

The town halls are aimed at restoring Cosby's legacy, and that's what she and fellow Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt meant to say during an Alabama TV station interview last week. Cosby was tried on charges stemming from an encounter with former Temple University worker Andrea Constand, who alleged that Cosby drugged and molested her in 2004.

Cosby, 79, contends the encounter was consensual.

In last Wednesday's interview with Birmingham station WBRC, Wyatt said:

"We'll talk to young people. Because this is bigger than Bill Cosby. You know, this, this issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today.

"And they need to know what they're facing when they're hanging out and partying, when they're doing certain things they shouldn't be doing," he said, adding, "And it also affects married men."

Benson, who had read comments from Cosby's wife, Camille, slamming prosecutors after the trial ended with a hung jury, said in that WBRC interview that people need to be aware of changing laws regarding sexual assault, including on statute of limitations.

Their interview resulted in an outcry over the plans for the town halls.

Neither she nor Wyatt responded to a request for comment from The Associated Press on Monday.

But on CNN Sunday, Benson blamed media reports for triggering criticism of Cosby's town hall plans, including from anti-sexual violence groups who suggested he was being hypocritical.

Instead of sexual assault, Benson said, "it is about continuing on with what Mr. Cosby started 50 years ago when he began in the entertainment business, which is the importance of community, importance of education."

Prosecutors have said Cosby will be retried on sexual assault charges, but Wyatt said Sunday he doubts there will be another trial, pointing to the deadlocked jury.

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

President's media strategy creating friction

White House press secretary Sean Spicer's briefing with reporters turned testy on Monday, with CNN's Jim Acosta interrupting President Donald Trump's chief spokesman to demand he explain why television cameras were ordered off.

Trump's relations with the media — never strong to begin with — have taken another sour turn with dwindling opportunities for on-camera engagement with the president's representatives. The White House has appeared to adopt a communications strategy of dealing primarily with its base of supporters, as witnessed by Trump's two interviews in the past week with Fox News Channel's morning show, "Fox & Friends."

Spicer has been one of the most visible media personalities of 2017, with his near-daily briefings at the beginning of the administration lampooned memorably on "Saturday Night Live" by Melissa McCarthy. Lately, however, there's been less willingness to mix it up with reporters.

Board members of the White House Correspondents Association met with Spicer on Monday and expressed the importance of Americans getting the chance to question leaders.

"We believe it is in the interest of transparency to have regular televised briefings," said Jeff Mason, a Reuters correspondent and president of the White House reporters' group. "We aren't satisfied with the current situation and won't be until it changes."

Shortly after the meeting, Spicer held an off-camera briefing. Television networks were allowed to record audio, but not air it live.

When a reporter noted there had been a "drastic shift" in the briefings starting around the time of Trump's foreign trip in late May, Spicer said "We'll continue to mix things up."

Spicer's answer prompted Acosta, CNN's senior White House correspondent, to interrupt and demand that Spicer "tell us why you turned the cameras off." Acosta had interrupted a reporter earlier in the briefing with a similar outburst.

"Why are they off, Sean?" Acosta said. "You are a taxpayer-funded spokesman for the United States government. Could you at least give us an explanation as to why the cameras are off?"

Spicer said "some days we'll have them" on camera, some days not. "The president's going to speak today in the Rose Garden. I want the president's voice to carry the day," he said, referring to scheduled statements later Monday from Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Trump was not scheduled to take questions during the garden appearance with Modi.

"This is nothing inconsistent with what we've said since Day One," Spicer added.

NBC News' Lester Holt conducted the last non-Fox television interview with Trump on May 11. This past week, he gave interviews to Ainsley Earhardt and Pete Hegseth of "Fox & Friends," a talk show so friendly to the president that CNN media reporter Brian Stelter described it as a Trump "infomercial."

Hegseth, in his interview over the weekend, asked Trump, "Who's been your biggest opponent? Has it been Democrats resisting? Has it been the fake news media? Has it been deep state leaks?"

He asked "how frustrating is it to have former President Obama out there, leading the resistance?" It was an apparent reference to a social media message the former president sent out in support of his health care law.

In Earhardt's interview, she discussed Trump's admission that he did not tape conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, despite earlier suggesting that there might be tapes. Raising the idea that Comey may have been taped in the White House "was a smart way to make sure he stayed honest in those (congressional) hearings," she said.

"Well," Trump replied, "it wasn't very stupid, I can tell you that."

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AP White House correspondent Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report.

Tempers flare at BET Awards when things get heated between Migos and Joe Budden

Tempers flared at the BET Awards Sunday night between  members of the Atlanta rap group Migos and interviewer Joe Budden after an abrupt mic-drop end to an interview.

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Actually, the interview wasn’t going that well even before Budden abruptly bolted. He, DJ Akademiks and Nadeska Alexis were asking what became a contentious line of questioning when Akademiks said Takeoff (Kirshnik Khari Ball), a member of Migos, how he felt about being left off the hit single “Bad and Boujee.”

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“Do it look like I’m left off ‘Bad and Boujee?'” Takeoff responded.

The mic drop and walk-off shortly followed and that’s when the storm clouds started gathering, figuratively speaking.

“Where’s our security guard?” you can hear someone asking in a video of the incident.

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It seems everyone moved on, though, without further incident.

Nintendo: Super NES Classic Edition with 21 games will hit stores in September

More than 25 years after the Super Nintendo Entertainment System hit store shelves and two months after Nintendo stopped production on its revamped NES Classic Edition, the company announced Monday that the Super NES will be back in a mini version slated for a September release.

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The Super NES Classic Edition will come with 21 classic games installed, including Donkey Kong Country, Final Fantasy III and Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. A never before released sequel to Super NES classic Star Fox will also be released with the console.

The consoles will be sold starting Sept. 29 at a suggested retail price of $79.99, according to Nintendo.

“While many people from around the world consider the Super NES to be one of the greatest video game systems ever made, many of our younger fans never had a chance to play it,” Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, said in a news release. “With the Super NES Classic Edition, new fans will be introduced to some of the best Nintendo games of all time, while longtime fans can relive some of their favorite retro classics with family and friends.”

The Super NES Classic Edition will have the same look and feel as the original, according to Nintendo, only smaller.

The company said the following games will come with the system:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Street Fighter® II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Yoshi’s Island
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