8/2/21 Entertainment News

(Undated) — Ashley Judd is hiking in the mountains again, less than six months after shattering her right leg. The 53-year-old actress posted an update Sunday on Instagram, including a video showing her walking up a hill in a Swiss national park. She wrote, “Five months and three weeks after the accident in the Congolese rainforest, I walked again!” In February, Judd tripped over a fallen tree in a rainforest in the Republic of Congo and shattered her leg in four places. She was carried out during what she called a “grueling 55-hour odyssey” and flown to a hospital in South Africa where she underwent eight hours of surgery.

(Nashville, TN) — Dolly Parton says she took the money from a Whitney Houston song and invested it in a Black community in Nashville. The county music legend told host Andy Cohen on his Bravo show last week that she used the royalties made off of Houston’s smash hit cover of her song “I Will Always Love You” to buy a strip mall in a Black neighborhood back in the 90s. Her purchase and development of the Sevier Park neighborhood complex helped revamp part of the neighborhood, according to Nashville historian Dave Ewing. Ewing told the Washington Post, “We’re just hearing now, because of the Black Lives Matter movement, how down for the cause Dolly has always been – even when others in the music industry weren’t.”

(Kansas City, MO) — Damage cleanup is underway after a vehicle crashed into a Kansas City building that was once used by Walt Disney. Officials say the historic Laugh-O-Gram studio was struck by a vehicle this past weekend, and the driver fled the scene. The studio is undergoing renovations. The building was where Disney got his inspiration to create Mickey Mouse.

Jay Pickett, the actor best known for his roles on Port CharlesGeneral Hospital and Days of Our Lives, died on Friday, while filming the upcoming movie Treasure Alley, according to Jim Heffel, Jay’s co-star and fellow co-producer on the film.  Pickett was 60.  “Yesterday I lost a good friend and the world lost a great person.  Jay Pickett decided to ride off into the Heavens,” Heffel wrote on his Facebook page Friday.  “Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho. The way of a true cowboy.”  A cause of death is unknown. The late actor’s other credits include the TV shows China BeachMr. BelvedereJake and the Fatman and Matlock

Tom Hanks has been tapped to star in Wes Anderson‘s next film, according to Deadline.  He joins Adrian BrodyBill Murray and Tilda Swinton.  Anderson will write and direct the movie set to shoot in Spain.  No further details are available…

The Criminal Minds revival at Paramount+ that Variety reported back in February is “dead,” according to Paget Brewster, who played FBI supervisory special agent Emily Prentiss on the show.  Replying to a fan who asked if there was any news on the revival, Brewster tweeted, “No, and sadly, we think it’s dead. I’ll let you know if there is any progress but it seems unlikely. Which is a bummer.”  Other stars of the show, including Mandy PatinkinMatthew Gray Gubler and A. J. Cook, have yet to respond publicly, but an insider tells Variety that the project “remains in active development” at the streamer…

The Top 5 movies this weekend:

1. Jungle Cruise – $34.2 million
2. The Green Knight – $6.78 million
3. Old – $6.76 million
4. Black Widow – $6.4 million
5. Stillwater – $5.1 million

Jungle Cruise sailed to the top of the box office over the weekend with a better-than-expected $34.2 million. The Disney flick, starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, played in 4,310 theaters in North America, but the weekend revenue was still down nearly 50 percent from the same frame in 2019. (Hollywood Reporter)

The Green Knight also exceeded projections, opening in second with $6.78 million, only a few thousand dollars ahead of M. Night Shyamalan’s Old.

Black Widow dropped from third to fourth with $6.4 million. The superhero movie has earned $167.1 million at the domestic box office.

The drama Stillwater, starring Matt Damon, debuted in fifth with $5.1 million.

Meanwhile, Snake Eyes, which was second in its debut, plummeted to seventh in its second weekend with $4 million, a 70% drop from last weekend. In 10 days, the G.I. Joe spinoff has made only $22.3 million.