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First Lady Celebrates Birthday

According to E! News: The First Lady of the United States turns 47 today, and she's celebrating in Washington D.C.
 
President Donald Trump's wife is in the nation's capital to attend a luncheon for Senate spouses at the National Gallery of Art, where she is set to make remarks. According to a White House official, FLOTUS will also be meeting with members of her staff on a variety of issues throughout the day.
 
Later this evening, the Trumps have a private celebration planned in the White House residence, per the official.
 
She received well wishes from President Trump, who tweeted, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our @FLOTUS, Melania!" alongside a photo of the couple from the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. 

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‘American Ninja Warrior’ coming to Ohio

CLEVELAND, OH (WCMH) — “American Ninja Warrior” is coming to Ohio, and you can go watch the show for free!

The series summer 2017 season will make a stop in Cleveland on May 8th and 9th. Filming is slated at begin at 8:00pm both days.

 

On Camera Audiences, a website that distributes tickets for TV tapings, is giving away free tickets to watch the show. You can sign up now by clicking here to join the wait list.

 

While the tickets are free, you do have to be at least 12-years-old to attend. Fans on the wait list will then be notified on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

The action-packed series follows competitors as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in both city qualifying and city finals rounds across the country. The top 15 competitors from each city move onto the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face a stunning four-stage course modeled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama course in Japan. The winner will take home a grand prize of $1 million.

 

Based on the global hit “Sasuke,” from the Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, the original series is now in its 31st season in Japan.

 

The winner of the American series will take home a grand prize of $1 million.

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Box Office: 'Fate Of The Furious' Racing Past $600 Million Worldwide

Forbes.com reports that Fate of the Furious snagged a solid $8.6 million on its first domestic Monday. That's down a reasonable 60% from its $21.5m Sunday gross. For reference, Furious 7 earned $14m on its first Monday, which was a drop of 57% from its $33.15m Sunday gross. On the plus side, the Monday gross is actually larger than the $7m first Monday (-76%) for Walt Disney's The Jungle Book and the $6.2m (-73%) first Monday for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, albeit without the advantage of a school holiday. In fact, Fate of the Furious snagged the second-biggest April Monday gross ever behind Furious 7's day four gross.

 

This brings the picture's four-day domestic cume to $107.46 million. If this follows accordingly, we're looking at a week-long cume of between $125m and $128m domestic heading into its second weekend. And it if ends up with an over/under $40m second weekend (-60%), then we're looking at a 10-day total of around $164m-$170m. That'll put it over/under the $168m (and counting) gross of Jordan Peele's Get Out to make Fate of the Furious the biggest domestic hit ever from a black filmmaker.

 

F. Gary Gray's action sequel has already surpassed the $330 million worldwide gross of Tim Story's Fantastic Four (in 2005) to snag the biggest global gross for such a picture. By the by, for what it's worth, the last three such champions (F. Gary Gray's Straight Outta Compton, Get Out and Fate of the Furious) all came from Universal/Comcast Corp. and only the latter was arguably a case of a respected director-for-hire being given a plum franchise gig.
By the end of the weekend, it'll be over/under Get Out on the 2017 charts to sit behind only The LEGO Batman Movie ($171 million), Logan ($221m) and Beauty and the Beast. As well as it's doing overseas, there is a (very slight) chance that it won't catch up to Logan  in North America, but that's an if/when conversation and may be just trivia considering the global picture. Speaking of overseas, the Vin Diesel/Dwayne Johnson/Michelle Rodriguez/Jason Statham//Charlize Theron/etc. adventure actually earned $437.2m overseas during its record-setting debut for a worldwide opening of $536m.

 

And with yesterday's domestic and overseas figures added in, we're looking at a $492.1m foreign cume and a $599.4m worldwide total. Actually, when you include updated China numbers for Tuesday ($17m Tuesday/$234m total), that brings the film's worldwide cume to around $616.5m. And yeah, it's roaring past Logan's $603m-and-counting worldwide cume to become the second-biggest global grosser of the year behind Walt Disney's Beauty and the Beast. And it's about to pass Fast Five's $623m (in 2011) worldwide cume as well.

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April the Giraffe's Calf Meets His Dad!

 

According to E! News:

 

Talk about a hallmark moment!

Just a few days after joining the world, April the Giraffe's long-awaited calf has met his dad, Oliver! Thanks to April's Twitter feed, a snap of the precious moment was shared wonline Tuesday morning. While they were separated by a pen wall, the father and son managed to come face to face in perfect time for someone to capture the introduction on camera. All together now: awwww!

The tweet also teased a morning calf weigh-in for 8:45 a.m. Tuesday "if you wish to watch!" Reminder: he weighed 129 pounds when he was born!

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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin to take flight with the Thunderbirds

 

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Astronaut Buzz Aldrin will take flight once again, this time with the world-renowned Thunderbirds at the Melbourne Air and Space Show in Florida on Sunday.

Aldrin was the second man on the moon, piloting the Apollo 11 and following Neil Armstrong onto the lunar surface in 1969. Now 87 years old, the retired Air Force colonel will be the oldest person to fly with the Thunderbirds, known for their rigorous physical requirements.

His flight comes as the Air Force celebrates its 70th year.

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