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'Power Rangers' Shows Its Millennial Appeal With $40M Opening Weekend

"Beauty and the Beast" is well on its way to a billion dollars worldwide, and "Power Rangers" brings millennials out in droves to the multiplex.

Actress, producer-writer of 'Orange Is The New Black' marry

An actress and producer-writer from "Orange Is The New Black" have married.

Actress Samira Wiley, who plays the character Poussey Washington on the Netflix show, and Lauren Morelli wedded Saturday in Palm Springs, where they were engaged. Publicist Scott Boute says both women wore gowns designed by Christian Siriano.

Wiley, 29, will also appear in the upcoming series "The Handmaid's Tale," based on the 1985 novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood that depicts New England under a totalitarian theocracy.

Morelli, 34, has worked as a writer, story editor and producer of "Orange Is The New Black," which depicts life inside a women's prison, since 2014.

Actress, producer-writer of 'Orange Is The New Black' marry

An actress and producer-writer from "Orange Is The New Black" have married.

Actress Samira Wiley, who plays the character Poussey Washington on the Netflix show, and Lauren Morelli wedded Saturday in Palm Springs, where they were engaged. Publicist Scott Boute says both women wore gowns designed by Christian Siriano.

Wiley, 29, will also appear in the upcoming series "The Handmaid's Tale," based on the 1985 novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood that depicts New England under a totalitarian theocracy.

Morelli, 34, has worked as a writer, story editor and producer of "Orange Is The New Black," which depicts life inside a women's prison, since 2014.

Koppel says Hannity is 'bad for America'; Hannity fires back

Veteran newsman Ted Koppel told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he is "bad for America" in an interview that aired on CBS' "Sunday Morning" that quickly became a trending topic on social media Sunday.

Hannity fired back on Twitter alleging that his interview had been cut significantly from 45 minutes to less than two. The Fox news host said he provided many examples of media bias in the cut footage and challenged the network to air the full segment.

The CBS Sunday Morning segment examined the polarization of the country and the phenomenon of "fake news" and how conservative pundits like Hannity may be contributing to broad societal confusion and the inability to distinguish between ideology and fact.

Koppel says Hannity is 'bad for America'; Hannity fires back

Veteran newsman Ted Koppel told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he is "bad for America" in an interview that aired on CBS' "Sunday Morning" that quickly became a trending topic on social media Sunday.

Hannity fired back on Twitter alleging that his interview had been cut significantly from 45 minutes to less than two. The Fox news host said he provided many examples of media bias in the cut footage and challenged the network to air the full segment.

The CBS Sunday Morning segment examined the polarization of the country and the phenomenon of "fake news" and how conservative pundits like Hannity may be contributing to broad societal confusion and the inability to distinguish between ideology and fact.

Bernie Sanders Will Reintroduce 'Medicare For All' Single-Payer Plan

At a town hall meeting, Sen. Bernie Sanders said he plans to propose his "Medicare for All" single-payer plan in the Senate.

Madonna’s twins get first Barbie dolls, singer posts video

Madonna’s twins got their first Barbie dolls this weekend and the entertainer is sharing it with the world.

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The “Material Girl” posted adorable video of newly adopted twin daughters, Estere and Stelle playing with the dolls.

In the short video posted on Instagram, the girls sang the Finger Family song in unison while sitting on their beds. As they sing, the girls waved their new toys in front of the camera.

“What happens when you get your first Barbie Doll!” Madonna wrote. “Pikachu is left in the dust!”

In February, Madonna confirmed the rumor that she had adopted the girls also in an Instagram post.

“I can officially confirm I have completed the process of adopting twin sisters from Malawi and am overjoyed that they are now part of our family,” she wrote alongside a photo of herself walking with her girls.

Russian Opposition Figure Arrested During Anti-Corruption Protests

Alexei Navalny and his anti-corruption foundation organized protests across Russia against Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin.

'Beauty and the Beast' dances off with top box-office spot

Not all reboots are created equal.

This weekend at the box office, nostalgia-driven fare was everywhere, from "Beauty and the Beast" to "Power Rangers" and "CHIPS," producing both successful and underwhelming results.

On the high end, Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" continued enchanting audiences in its second weekend in theaters, easily topping the charts with $88.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. On the low end, Warner Bros.' raunchy, R-rated "CHIPS" debuted in seventh place with $7.6 million.

In the middle was Lionsgate's "Power Rangers," which earned a solid $40.5 million to grab the No. 2 spot. The PG-13 take on the campy 1990s television show tells the origin story of the Power Rangers with a diverse teenage cast of relative newcomers.

Its audiences were 60 percent male, while "Beauty and the Beast" crowds remained largely female. The divide allowed both to succeed in the crowded marketplace.

"Power Rangers" didn't get the best reviews, but audiences gave it a promising A CinemaScore, suggesting that it might have staying power in the coming weeks.

"CHIPS," on the other hand, underwhelmed audiences, critics and the studio. Dax Shepard wrote, directed and starred in the action comedy based on the 1970s and '80s TV show about the California Highway Patrol.

Costing $25 million to produce, "CHIPS" wasn't the biggest risk, but its $7.6 million debut disappointed. The film also got a deathly B- CinemaScore from audiences.

"Brand recognition will get you far — it gives you a leg up before you even start — but at the end of the day, it comes down to the movie itself," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. "No matter how much brand equity they have with a particular title, the real test is: How do critics and audiences respond to that film?

"You still have to deliver a solid movie that will entice people to spend their hard-earned money to go see something that they already know, or already know about," he said.

That's where Disney has succeeded, with its latest remake earning $317 million in just 10 days in North American theaters and $690.3 million worldwide.

"With 'Beauty and the Beast' there have been decades of goodwill and the Disney brand and so many more elements going into it than just the intellectual property," Dergarabedian said. "Disney makes it look easy. Others have had more challenges."

Also this weekend, the sci-fi thriller "Life" failed to connect with audiences, debuting in fourth place with $12.6 million behind holdover "Kong: Skull Island" with $14.4 million.

The R-rated space film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds as astronauts who discover that the alien life form they have brought on board might be dangerous. With a $58 million price tag, Sony and Skydance's "Life" has a long journey to profitability.

Dergarabedian said that part of the reason for its muted launch might be that recent space films, such as "Passengers" and "Arrival," are available for home viewing. The much-anticipated "Alien: Covenant" and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" also are on the horizon.

Despite some flops, the March 2017 box office, which crossed $1 billion this weekend, has become the biggest March of all time, with help from the strength of "Logan," ''Kong: Skull Island," ''Get Out" and "Beauty and the Beast."

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1."Beauty and the Beast," $88.3 million ($119.2 million international).

2."Power Rangers," $40.5 million ($18.7 million international).

3."Kong: Skull Island," $14.4 million ($93 million international).

4."Life," $12.6 million ($16.1 million international).

5."Logan," $10.1 million ($12.1 million international).

6."Get Out," $8.7 million ($2.2 million international).

7."CHIPS," $7.6 million ($1.9 million international).

8."The Shack,"$3.8 million.

9."The Lego Batman Movie," $2 million ($1.2 million international).

10."The Belko Experiment," $1.8 million.

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:

1. "Beauty and the Beast," $119.2 million.

2. "Kong: Skull Island," $93 million.

3. "Power Rangers," $18.7 million.

4. "The Boss Baby," $16.3 million.

5. "Life," $16.1 million.

6. "Logan," $12.1 million.

7. "The Prison," $8.3 million.

8. "Split," $5.2 million.

9. "Sing," $4.6 million.

10. "A Dog's Purpose," $4.1 million.

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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.

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Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ldbahr

Insider Q&A: Mattel's COO talks Barbie movie

Mattel is looking to the movies. The maker of Barbie and Hot Wheels, which has live-action films based on those toys in the works, says it wants to find new ways to be on more screens in front of more kids. These days, that takes more than a 30-second commercial.

Big-screen movies are a first for 72-year-old Mattel, which has mostly relied on television ads, apps and straight-to-DVD movies to promote its toys. It launched a separate unit last year to help produce films, TV shows and other content with studio partners. The Barbie movie hit a snag last week when comedian Amy Schumer dropped out of the starring role citing scheduling conflicts. The film is being made with Sony and it's expected to be released next year. A Hot Wheels film is also in development.

Mattel will also be on TV starting April 7 on ABC, showing its search for the next big toy idea in a competition show called "The Toy Box." Chief Operating Officer Richard Dickson says Mattel is making the winning toy now, and it will go on sale at Toys R Us stores after the series ends May 19.

Other changes Mattel has made include new body shapes, hair types and skin colors for Barbie, and the American Girl brand's first boy doll .

Dickson spoke recently with The Associated Press about how Mattel is trying to bring new life to its classic toys. Questions and answers have been edited for clarity and length.

Q: Why the focus on movies and TV shows?

A: Kids today can obviously skip commercials. And screen time today is not one screen, it's multiple screens. Our objective is to be everywhere our consumers are. They are on their phone. They are on their laptop. They're on their iPad. They're on their television. There is no center.

Q: What's the Barbie movie about?

A: I can't get into a lot of detail as to what the story will be, but I can tell you what it is. It is live action. It is going to be a story that continues to celebrate the idea that girls can be anything. I think the way that we narrate that story will be entertaining for girls of all ages. And I also think it will be, hopefully, appealing to some boys also.

Q. With Amy Schumer out of the Barbie movie, is there a search for someone else? What are you looking for? Another comedian?

A: We have a list of people who are interesting and interested. We look forward to working with Sony to bring the vision of the character and the story to life.

Q: Why the changes to Barbie's body shape last year?

A: Historically, we never addressed the cultural pushback that we always had with people criticizing Barbie's body. And we sort of justified it by saying it's a toy and it's not a real human and we sort of moved on. And one of the things that we've done, to reintroduce the brand as relevant, is to listen to the consumer and start to have a dialogue with her instead of a monologue.

Q: In 2015, a Barbie ad featured a boy for the first time. Why the attention to boys?

A: We know for a fact that a lot of boys play with Barbie and it hasn't been something that we've acknowledged. In many cases it is a boy playing out a Barbie world with his sister. And then there are boys who actually drive the play themselves. We are pretty pronounced with boys, we just never really expressed it in marketing.

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