Celebrity Status: Michael J. Fox, Swifty, And Something New For Richard Gere

By: Nick Sawicki

2/7/2024

Mornings

BOX OFFICE _ The animated hit film Inside Out 2 continues to charm audiences, securing the top spot at the North American box office for the second weekend in a row. The movie raked in an impressive $57.4 million.

… Horizon: An American Saga: Chapter 1 bombed in its opening weekend, bringing in just $11 million.

  1. Inside Out 2, $57.4 million
  2. A Quiet Place: Day One, $53 million
  3. Horizon: An American Saga – Chapter 1, $11 million
  4. Bad Boys: Ride or Die, $10.3 million
  5. Kalki 2898 AD, $5.4 million

MICHAEL J. FOX ROCKS OUT WITH COLDPLAY _ Michael J. Fox recently took the stage with Coldplay at the 2024 Glastonbury Festival, leaving fans in awe. After their electric performance of “Fix You,” Fox expressed gratitude to the band on Instagram, calling the experience “(blanking) mind-blowing.” The Family Ties star’s post featured glimpses of his time at the festival, including shots with Coldplay members and a heartwarming message.

… During the concert, Coldplay’s frontman Chris Martin shared a touching moment, revealing that Fox inspired the band’s formation. Martin credited Fox and the film “Back to the Future” as the driving force behind Coldplay’s musical journey.

… Fox, who has been battling Parkinson’s disease since his diagnosis at 29, received a warm reception from the crowd at Glastonbury.

… This was not the first collaboration between Fox and Coldplay. They previously performed together in New York in 2016, where they also played “Johnny B. Goode.”

TAYLOR SWIFT RESCUED BY DANCER IN DUBLIN PLATFORM MISHAP _ Taylor Swift found herself in a sticky situation during her Dublin concert when a platform malfunction left her stranded in the air. The singer was performing on a raised platform when it failed to come down as planned, leaving her looking for a way off. In a video from the concert, Taylor can be seen hesitating before her dancer, dressed in all-white, comes to her rescue with a graceful assist.

JENNIFER LOPEZ AND BEN AFFLECK SELLING ART _ Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have sparked more divorce rumors by selling off art from their $60 million mansion in California. The power couple, who purchased the lavish property in May 2023, have reportedly put it on the market and are now parting ways with some of the artwork that once adorned its walls.

… Sources revealed that interested buyers snapped up “art and some pieces” from the couple’s estate in early June. This move comes amidst swirling speculation about the state of their relationship, with insiders claiming that Lopez and Affleck have been discreetly dividing their assets in preparation for a breakup.

… While neither star has publicly commented on the rumors, Affleck is said to be living alone in a rental property while Lopez remains in the mansion. Reports indicate that Affleck has already moved his belongings out of the estate and into his temporary residence.

NEW TRAILER FOR M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN’S TRAP _ Warner Bros. Pictures just released the second trailer for the upcoming film Trap, directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Josh Hartnett. The thriller follows a father and daughter who find themselves at the center of a dark and sinister event during a pop star’s concert. Hartnett’s character, Cooper, is unknowingly the serial killer being hunted by the police during the concert. • TRAILER

… The film is set to open in theaters on August 9.

RICHARD GERE TO STAR IN PARAMOUNT+ SERIES _ Richard Gere is set to star in the upcoming espionage political thriller series “The Agency” on Paramount+ with Showtime. This marks his first major TV series role, joining a cast that includes Michael Fassbender and Jeffrey Wright. The series is a remake of a French series and follows Martin (played by Fassbender), a covert CIA agent who must abandon his undercover life and return to London Station. Gere will portray Bosko, the London Station Chief with a storied past as an undercover agent.

FIRST EDITION OF MARY SHELLEY’S ‘FRANKENSTEIN’ FETCHES HAUNTING PRICE TAG _ An 1818 first edition of Mary Shelley’s classic horror novel “Frankenstein” made waves in the literary world as it was auctioned for a staggering $843,750. The eerie tale, published anonymously in three pink-boarded volumes, holds its place as a groundbreaking work in the realm of horror fiction.

… The recently auctioned copy of “Frankenstein” is a rare gem, being one of just three pink boarded first editions in existence and the only one in private possession. The remaining two are housed in prestigious collections in New York Public Library.

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