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Actress Nichelle Nichols, ‘Star Trek’ pioneer Uhura, dies at 89
Nichelle Nichols, whose portrayal of spacecraft communications officer Lieutenant Uhura in the 1960s science fiction television series “Star Trek” and subsequent films broke down color barriers and helped redefine the roles of black actors, died at 89, his family said. Nichols, whose fans included Martin Luther King Jr. and a young Barack Obama, “succumbed of natural causes and passed away” Saturday night, his son, Kyle Johnson, wrote on Facebook.
Box Office: ‘DC League of Super-Pets’ Debuts at No. 1 with $23 Million
“DC League of Super-Pets,” an animated adventure about the four-legged friends of superheroes, opened in first place at the domestic box office with $23 million from 4,313 theaters. Although the Warner Bros. sold enough tickets to dethrone Jordan Peele’s “Nope” on the North American charts, it’s a lackluster start considering the film’s $90 million price tag. Sure, the Legion of Super-Pets isn’t as recognizable as Superman or Aquaman, but “DC League of Super-Pets” might have resonated a little more with audiences given its affiliation with DC Comics and of his high-powered voice in Dwayne. Johnson and Kevin Hart.
Netflix sues creators of alleged infringement of ‘Bridgerton’
On Friday, Netflix Inc sued the creators of an alleged unauthorized musical production of its popular period drama “Bridgerton”, accusing them of copyright infringement after creating a demand for their infringement on TikTok. The lawsuit was filed against Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear in federal court in Washington, three days after a sold-out performance of “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical” at the Kennedy Center in that city.
Will Smith, in new video, says he’s ‘deeply remorseful’ about Oscar slap
Actor Will Smith said on Friday he was “deeply remorseful” for slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars this year and reached out to the comedian to speak but was rebuffed. Smith posted a video on YouTube in which he answered questions about Rock’s attack on stage during the march ceremony after the comedian made a joke about the appearance of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith .
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