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Beatles drummer: How many drummers have been in The Beatles?

“They needed a good solid beat, and I said to Brian, ‘Look, it doesn’t matter what you do with the boys, but on record, nobody need know. I’m gonna use a hot drummer.’

“Brian [Epstein] said, ‘Okay, fine.’ I felt guilty because I felt maybe I was the catalyst that had changed his [Pete’s] life…”

When John Lennon, Sir Paul McCartney and George Harrison, Pete’s other bandmates, realised the engineers wanted them to replace Pete with a session drummer for their upcoming recording session in September, they decided to permanently remove him from the group to avoid losing their deal.

According to Cynthia Lennon, John’s then-wife, the boys asked Brian to sack Pete from the band, and he dutifully obliged.

When and how to watch the 2021 Grammy Awards

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS, the streaming service Paramount+ and Grammy.com.

WASHINGTON — The Recording Academy’s 63rd annual Grammy Awards are right around the corner. 
The award show, which recognizes excellence in music, is scheduled to air on March 14. It was postponed nearly two months due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Other award shows like the Golden Globes, the Oscars and the SAG Awards also delayed their shows.
In June, Recording Academy Interim President/CEO Harvey Mason Jr. told Variety that he was preparing a few different show options depending on the severity of the pandemic, but all options did not include moving the date of the show. However, in September the organization decided to push back the Jan. 31 show to March.
Officials with the award show said in a statement on Sept. 5, 2020, that the “deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles” of hospitals being overwhelmed, ICUs reaching capacity, and updated state health guidance, was reason enough to push back the awards.
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“We’re trying to build the next evolution of the Academy, and the show will go hand-in-hand with that. Whether it’s with a crowd or not, we’re going to try to take things to the next level,” Mason told Variety in June.
The Recording Academy said songs and albums released between Sept. 1, 2019, and Aug. 31, 2020, were eligible for nominations this year.
Below is everything you need to know about the upcoming show.

When will the Grammys start?

The Recording Academy’s award show will air from 8 to 11:30 p.m. ET (5-8:30 p.m. PT) on Sunday, March 14, 2021, on CBS. In front of a limited audience, the Grammys will broadcast from the Los Angeles Staples Center.
The Premiere Ceremony, where winners in some of the 83 categories will be announced, is scheduled to take place Sunday, March 14, 2021, starting at 3 p.m. ET (noon PT). It will be streamed live on Grammy.com.

Who is hosting?

“The Daily Show” host and comedian Trevor Noah will host the show.
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Who was nominated?

Beyoncé, who has already won 24 Grammys, was the leading contender in the 2021 nominations with nine in total. She scored nominations for song and record of the year with “Black Parade,” which she released on Juneteenth, while “Savage” — her No. 1 collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion — picked up bids for record of the year, best rap song and best rap performance. 
Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, Roddy Ricch, Jhené Aiko, Post Malone, Renée Zellweger, Billie Eilish and her producer-brother Finneas also scored nominations. First-time nominees include The Strokes, Megan Thee Stallion and Harry Styles.
The Recording Academy said songs and albums released between Sept. 1, 2019, and Aug. 31, 2020, were eligible for nominations this year.
Click here for the full list of nominees.

Who is performing?

The Grammys one week before the show announced the full line of performers. The show will include Bad Bunny, Black Pumas, Cardi B, BTS, Brandi Carlile, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Mickey Guyton, Haim, Brittany Howard, Miranda Lambert, Lil Baby, Dua Lipa, Chris Martin, John Mayer, Megan Thee Stallion, Maren Morris, Post Malone, Roddy Ricch, Harry Styles, and Taylor Swift.
The Grammys said in a statement that the artists will come together, while still safely apart, to play music for each other as a community,
Click here for a full list of performers for the premiere ceremony.

Who is presenting?

The presenters for the Grammy Award show have not been announced at this time.
However, during the Premiere ceremony, where most of the awards are given, the host Jhené Aiko and other nominees will present the awards.

How to watch the award show?

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS, the streaming service Paramount+ and Grammy.com.
The 63rd Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony will be streamed lived internationally on Grammy.com.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The 10 best-selling crime, thriller, and mystery books that you won’t be able to put down

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Books with a ‘whodunit’ plot can have you telling yourself “just one more chapter” late into the night and can have you so absorbed you lose all track of time, with chores, cooking, and work (sorry boss) falling to the wayside.

These kinds of books are rare gems, however, and it’s easel to fall prey to a substandard plot that leaves you feeling like you just lost a few hours of your life. There’s little more frustrating than when you’re expecting an exhilarating read and it just falls out, or the ending twist is full of holes that don’t make sense. For 10 of the best-selling, most gripping mystery, crime, and thriller books on Amazon keep scrolling.

Collage of best selling crime books

If you like your books with a lot of twists and turns, you’ll love one of these (Image: Amazon)

The Husband's Secret, Liane Moriarty. The Crossing, Matt Brolly

The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty. The Crossing, Matt Brolly (Image: Amazon)

If you loved Big Little Lies as much as the rest of us, you will adore this (just as gripping) book by the same author.

Based around a seemingly perfect family with a dark secret, this book will have you hooked until the very last page.

4.4 stars from 27,837 ratings

Kindle: £0.99

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All the best murder mysteries are set in a small town full of secrets, and this book follows the story of Detective Inspector Loise Blackwell who is investigating a series of chilling murders in the town she grew up in.

A tale of deception, murder, and secrets, you never know whom you can trust in this thrilling novel, and the twists will leave your head spinning and your heart racing.

4.3 stars from 5,759 ratings

Kindle: £1

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A Deadly Influence, Mike Omer. The Thursday Murder Club, Richard Osman

A Deadly Influence, Mike Omer. The Thursday Murder Club, Richard Osman (Image: Amazon)

If you prefer your thrillers to be told from the eyes of the police, this is a strong contender for your next favourite read.

An NYPD detective with a complicated history gets a call from an old friend begging her to help find her recently kidnapped son.

Although Lieutenant Abby Mullen is no stranger to these kinds of cases, this is one that will force her to look into her own troubled past to crack the case.

4.5 stars from 99 ratings

Kindle: £3.49

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A record-breaking Sunday Times bestseller with over 46,000 reviews, this book is a classicly British tale that is just as funny and clever as it is gripping and mysterious.

Taking place in a retirement village, four residents meet weekly to discuss unsolved crimes. When a murder takes place near the village, the club members find themselves in the midst of their first real case. Can this unlikely crew solve the mystery before time runs out?

4.5 stars from 46,137 ratings

Kindle: £9.99

Hardcover: £7.49

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The Other Passenger, Louise Candlish. Playing Nice, JP Delaney

The Other Passenger, Louise Candlish. Playing Nice, JP Delaney (Image: Amazon)

Louise Candlish has won the crime and thriller book of the year award previously, so this is an author who knows how to weave a good tale.

This thrilling book tells the tale of a man who has been accused of being involved in the disappearance of two of his friends, and while he insists he knows nothing about their whereabouts, the police aren’t so sure.

This book is so full of twists and turns it feels like a rollercoaster, and it will be a real struggle to put it down.

4.2 stars from 3,803 ratings

Kindle: £0.99

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Following a set of parents who are dealing with every parent’s worst nightmare – their two-year-old boys were accidentally switched at birth, and they have been raising the wrong son.

An investigation at the hospital reveals everything is not as it seems, and it raises some disturbing questions about what exactly led to the boys being switched.

This is a dark, addictive psychological thriller that will have you wrapped until the very end.

4.4 stars from 3,826 ratings

Kindle: £0.99

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Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens, Secrets on The Fens

Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens, Secrets on The Fens (Image: Amazon)

One of the top books of the past year, with millions of people enraptured by this dark and vivid tale that is not just a murder mystery, but also a deeply moving coming of age tale that will sweep you off your feet.

4.7 stars from 39,051 ratings

Kindle: £4.99

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If you rate your mysteries by the size of the twist, you’ll adore this gripping and riveting read.

When the bodies of a young couple are found deep in the woods all sign point towards a double suicide, but when another couple is discovered in the same circumstances shortly after, it becomes clear there is a deadly serial killer on the loose.

4.6 stars from 675 ratings

Kindle: £0 with Kindle Unlimited

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The Other Wife, Claire McGowan, 29 Seconds, T.M. Logan

The Other Wife, Claire McGowan, 29 Seconds, T.M. Logan (Image: Amazon)

Four strangers are brought together by a shocking event in this best-selling thriller that proves that often everything is not as it seems, and sometimes the most innocent looking people have the most to hide.

4.3 stars from 6,292 ratings

Kindle: £0 with Kindle Unlimited

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A masterful mystery read by the Sunday Times bestselling author T.M. Logan, this book follows the story of Sarah, who finds herself in the debt of a very dangerous man after she saves the life of a young woman. Although she expects nothing in return, she is told that she can give the name of one person she wants to disappear, forever. Will she do it? Is there really such a thing as no consequences? This book is deeply thrilling and will leave you wondering what you would do if put in Sarah’s shoes

4.4 stars from 2,205 ratings

Kindle: £0 with Kindle Unlimited

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Malala takes her passions to the small screen with Apple

The 23-year-old announced that she has partnered with Apple TV Plus to develop dramas, documentaries, comedies, animation and series for kids.

NEW YORK — Malala Yousafzai is a Nobel laureate known around the world for her activism, but she’s also a cartoon fan, and is taking her love of television and film to Apple TV+.

Yousafzai, 23, who graduated from Oxford last June, announced Monday that she has partnered with Apple in a multi-year deal to develop dramas, documentaries, comedies, animation and series for kids.
Yousafzai was the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, in 2014, for working to protect children from slavery, extremism and child labor. In her home country, Pakistan, she was outspoken in insisting that girls have a right to an education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman while riding a school bus at age 15. She recovered and went on to fight against girls’ oppression worldwide.
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In an interview with The Associated Press, Yousafzai talked about her love of cartoons as an escape, how she stays hopeful in a sometimes bleak world, and how she will mark Monday’s International Women’s Day.
This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.
AP: Your new deal with Apple includes comedy and animated shows. Are you a comedy fan?
YOUSAFZAI: In my childhood, it was Cartoon Network and, you know, seeing “Tom and Jerry,” “Courage,” “Scooby Doo” and all of those TV cartoon shows. When you are a child — and especially when terrorism started — to know that there is sort of this world in cartoons where you can escape from the reality around you and just giggle and laugh and just entertain yourself. You know, I have been watching comedy movies from Bollywood to Hollywood, and I am a big fan of animation as well. I have not missed a single animation movie. It just keeps you engaged and entertained and also gives you very beautiful messages.
AP: You’ll also be developing documentaries and maybe covering your world travels to help girls?
YOUSAFZAI: I definitely want to do documentaries and non-scripted shows, and it will cover a lot — hopefully my own journey as well — and the incredible girls that I meet…. But there’s so much more to explore and to learn. I’m excited. You know, I’m still at the stage where I’m exploring ideas. I can tell you that there are so many incredible ideas and it’s so difficult to pick and choose one.
AP: A stat on your website suggests it will take 100 years until all girls have access to education. Sometimes the news is so dark, how do you maintain hope?
YOUSAFZAI: I think when you raise your voice, it can have an impact and it can bring change. What will make me pessimistic is if we don’t do anything. So as long as we keep doing our part, there is optimism, there is hope. I think it’s just the silence that keeps things going as they are.
AP: How are you going to mark International Women’s Day?
YOUSAFZAI: We need to just take a bit of a break and celebrate the accomplishments that women have made. And I’m not just talking about historical figures and activist women — we need to applaud them and appreciate them. But us as individuals, who are in school, in colleges studying, or parents who are coping with COVID and being at home and managing their kids and also doing work and managing these Zoom calls and everything. So to all the women who just coped — especially last year, you know — take a break and be proud of yourself. You have done an incredible job.
AP: Many girls look up to you as a hero. Who are your heroes?
YOUSAFZAI: I have many, many heroes, from my parents to historical figures like Benazir Bhutto, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela. But the people who have actually and truly inspired me are the young girls that I have met in my journey. Girls from Iraq to Brazil, Nigeria, Kenya. So many of these girls have incredible stories that they have seen — wars, conflicts. They have become displaced. They have been forced into marriages at early ages. But they do not give up on their dreams and they are still fighting for the right to education, for their right to a safe future. If they are not giving up on their fight for education, then why should we?
AP: How has it been in quarantine at home?
YOUSAFZAI: I spent the last two months of college at home because of COVID. And I was taking my exams at home and I graduated at home and it’s all just been home, home, home. I have two younger brothers and it’s quite difficult to manage your work while they’re in the house. They have their own sort of schedule and timetable. And I would have an important call and they would just come to my room and not appreciate that. But still, you know, they are my brothers and I love them. So we’re just coping with it and trying our best not to argue too much.
AP: What is your message for young girls who want to be activists?
YOUSAFZAI: My message to young girls is always, never underestimate yourself. We are often told that you have to grow older and get a PhD or something, and then once you are 50 or 40, then you can change things. Follow that path if you want, but you can change things now as well. Do not underestimate the power you have, even in the small actions that you take, whether that is raising awareness, doing fundraising for a cause you believe in, talking to somebody that doesn’t agree with you…. Talk about why women’s rights and girls’ rights are important, why climate change is important. All of these things matter.

Space Jam 2: Pepe Le Pew 'axed from movie after sexual harassment scenes detailed’

The sexually aggressive skunk, Pepe Le Pew, was one of Warner Bros’ most recognisable characters in the Looney Tunes franchise. Most recently the character appeared on the silver screen in the original Space Jam movie in 1997 and the 2003 movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action. The French skunk was originally supposed to be in Space Jam 2: A New Legacy in a scene with actor Greice Santo, who was going to be sexually harassed by the character before hitting him.
According to Deadline, Pepe was an integral part of the movie because he knew the whereabouts of Lola Bunny. The film’s lead, LeBron James, paid Pepe a visit with Bug Bunny for the information.

The publication detailed the scene saying: “Pepe was set to appear in a black-and-white Casablanca-like Rick’s Cafe sequence.

“Pepe, playing a bartender, starts hitting on a woman at the bar played by Santo. He begins kissing her arm, which she pulls back, then [slams] Pepe into the chair next to hers.

“She then pours her drink on Pepe, and slaps him hard, sending him spinning in a stool, which is then stopped by LeBron James’ hand.”

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Pepe would then tell LeBron and Bugs Bunny that Penelope Cat – his reluctant love interest from the cartoon series – had filed a “restraining order” against him.

The report added: “[LeBron] James makes a remark in the script that Pepe can’t grab other Tunes without their consent.”

Pepe Le Pew’s return to screen follows the #MeToo push in Hollywood which started in 2006. The movement included a collection of actresses speaking up about the injustices they had experienced over the years in the film industry.

Pepe’s scene was apparently filmed by the Space Jam 2’s first director, Terence Nance.

The spokesperson continued: “Even though Pepe is a cartoon character, if anyone was going to slap a sexual harasser like him, Greice wished it would be her.

“Now the scene is cut, and she doesn’t have that power to influence the world through younger generations who’ll be watching Space Jam 2, to let younger girls and younger boys know that Pepe’s behaviour is unacceptable.”

Santo previously spoke up about her own experiences with sexual harassment and encouraged other actors to join her in condemning it.

Last week Space Jam 2 hit headlines when it was revealed Lola Bunny’s design had changed drastically.

The animated character’s curves had been flattened and was shown wearing baggier clothes.

Lola Bunny was originally drawn in a sexualised manner by the Space Jam animators to avoid her looking like a “tomboy”.

Animator Tony Cervon commented in 1997: “We kind of pumped her up more in the feminine attributes department.”

Director of Space Jam 2, Lee, commented on the redesign, saying: “This is 2021. It’s important to reflect the authenticity of strong, capable female characters.”

Space Jam 2 A New Legacy is due for release on July 23, 2021 on HBO Max.

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Regé-Jean Page Bond hopes soar after Bridgerton star lands SECOND major new movie role

After his temperature-raising role as the Duke of Hasting on the smash-hit Netflix show, Page came from nowhere to be the hot new favourite to take over as 007. The British-Zimbabwean actor shot ahead of former front-runners like Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston, and is closing fast on James Norton and Tom Hardy. His latest casting in an explosive new Netflix action thriller is the perfect Bond audition, however much the modest actor might play down his own hopes. 
Page’s Hollywood profile continues to rise as he joins an A-list cast that includes Ryan Reynolds and Captain America star Chris Evans.

Netflix has just announced that the Brit has been cast in the upcoming thriller The Gray Man, alongside Bond girl Ana de Armas, Billy Bob Thornton and Alfre Woodard.

Page’s entry into the big league’s is reinforced by the fact that the movie will be helmed by Captain America and Avengers Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo.

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With Bridgerton, Dungeons and Dragons, and The Gray Man under his belt, Page becomes a major player in the battle to become Bond.

UK bookies Ladbrokes told Express Online: “Punters are hooked on Rege-Jean Page with odds at 5/1″.

This puts him ahead of Idris Elba and Sam Heughan on 6/1, and poised just behind Tom Hardy and James Norton, who share the lead on 2/1.

Page himself has spoken out recently about being in contention for the biggest role in cinema.

Page told US chatshow host Jimmy Kimmel: “The internet says a lot of things and that is one of the more pleasant things.

“I think there might be an element of cultural translation to be done here. If you’re a Brit and you do something of any cultural renown that people regard well, then people start saying the B-word. It’s like a merit badge. You get the B-word merit badge, I don’t think it’s much more than that.

“I’m very, very glad to have the badge and be in such wonderful company of people who have the badge…but it’s a badge.”

As Kimmel pointed out, it’s a badge many people are happy to see him wear.

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The Queen's fabulous Beatles connection can be seen every time she appears in public

When the Fab Four burst on the scene in the early 1960s they were seen as trailblazing rebels, rewriting the UK music scene and redefining youth culture. Very soon, they also became fashion icons from the hair on their heads all the way down to the shoes on their feet. Queen Elizabeth has always been a style icon in her own way, but it is extraordinary to learn that every single time she steps foot out in public, the 94-year-old still shares a link with The Beatles that stretches right back to the Swinging Sixties. 
In the early !960s hey-day, The Beatles’ fans copied two things more than anything – their iconic mop-top haircuts and their slick footwear.

The four lads from Liverpool popularised the Chelsea boot but put their own unique spin on it when they went to legendary shoemakers Anello & Davide on Drury Lane with a special request.

Originally theatrical shoemakers, in the 60s Anello & Davide also handmade shoes for stars like Marilyn Monroe. The Beatles and their fans would have thought they were being the height of fashion for going there.

Except, Her Majesty was already a decade ahead of them at the time.

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The dedicated page on the Anello & Davide page for the Beatle Boot says: “The traditional Chelsea Boot was adapted for The Beatles by Anello & Davide in the early 1960’s with the addition of a higher Cuban heel from the Flamenco Boot.

“This boot became synonymous with The Beatles and many other rock bands of the 60’s era. During the 60’s, customers queued outside Anello & Davide’s shop waiting to get fitted for their very own Beatle boot.”

Demand was so high that the shop only released new stock every Saturday morning when the lines of fans stretched down the street.

To this day, you can buy your own Beatle Boots, customised to your own tastes, but the exclusive service is available by appointment only.

Although the Queen always chooses bold colours for hats, dresses and coats so that she can be easily seen in a crowd, her footwear is much more practical.

The classic low-heeled black patent Anello & Davide shoe (often with a buckle) she wears with almost every outfit during the day is taken from her personal design dating back seven decades.  

The workshop has all Her Majesty’s patterns and measurements and each pair costs around £1,000. However, an Anello & Davide shoemaker once explained how the frugal monarch gets her money’s worth from them.

David Hyatt said: “We supply one or two pairs a year and occasionally renew the tops and re-heel them. The Queen doesn’t waste money. She’s no Imelda Marcos.”

The shoes are made by a small team on a wooden model of the Queen’s foot known as a ‘last’ at the workshop, with a final fitting at the palace. 

The process includes a pattern cutter, a clicker who selects the finest calf leather, a closer who sews the upper part of the shoe and adds stiffeners, and a maker, who adds the sole and heel.

But even after they are finished, they don’t go onto the royal feet straight away. 

When the shoes arrive, a member of the Queen’s staff who is also a size 4 will wear them in for a few days – but only on the carpets.

The Queen is reported to have around ten pairs of Anello & Davide shoes on the go at any one time – includes pairs in plain black leather, black patent, white leather and beige leather. There are also three designs of evening shoe in satin, silver and gold to go with any formal gowns. 

Her connection with the shoemaker continues a royal tradition stretching back to Queen Mary.

In 1935 Queen Mary awarded a royal warrant to Rayne and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. followed suit. Most notably, The Queen, Princess Margaret and Princess Anne all got married in Rayne cream silk heels.

When the company went out of business, the current Queen Elizabeth was so upset her staff tracked down Rayne shoemaker David Wyatt  – along with Her Majesty’s shoe patterns and lasts – who had moved to Anello & Davide. And so the royal tradition, like so many others, continues to this day. 

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Audiences hold back, even as more movie theaters open

North American theatrical grosses stayed relatively muted, despite some major new releases.

Theaters reopening in New York City this weekend did not set the box office on fire. North American theatrical grosses stayed relatively muted, despite some major new releases like Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” and Lionsgate’s Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley action flick “Chaos Walking,” according to studio estimates Sunday. 

Walt Disney Animation’s ” Raya and the Last Dragon ” earned an estimated $ 8.6 million from 2,045 locations in North America. The well-reviewed fantasy adventure, featuring the voices of Awkwafina and Kelly Marie Tran, is also available for Disney+ subscribers to rent and stream at home for $ 29.99. Streaming grosses were not reported. 
Warner Bros. “Tom & Jerry,” which is available to stream free for HBO Max subscribers, brought in $ 6.6 million from 2,563 North American theaters in its second available weekend. Last weekend the animated film scored the best domestic opening of the year  with $ 13.7 million. 
“Chaos Walking,” meanwhile, debuted with $ 3.8 million. The future set film from “Edge of Tomorrow” director Doug Liman cost around $ 100 million to make.
Approximately 80% of the domestic market is currently allowed to operate with limited capacity. Many areas in North America are not yet fully open, including Los Angeles, and most California counties, Washington D.C., and much of Canada. 
Disney is hoping to keep “Raya” in theaters throughout the spring. There are scant major family films on the schedule until early summer and the company is hoping for increased play during spring breaks and as more territories reopen. 
Internationally, “Raya and the Last Dragon” earned an estimated $ 17.6 million from 32 territories — the highest grossing of which was China with $ 8.4 million. 
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Freddie Mercury beautiful gift to Brian May showed his 'pride' and love for Queen bandmate

Freddie Mercury’s generosity was legendary. He carried a little black book with him everywhere and kept constantly noting down friends’ birthdays so that he never forgot a gift. He grandly flew his nearest and dearest to parties all over the world but he also paid for Christmas dinners to be delivered to AIDS patients in hospital. And yet, little is known about any gifts he gave to his Queen bandmates May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. Until now.
Brian gave a major interview this week based around his musicianship and focussed on his many iconic guitar solos.

While he was discussing the creation of the Bohemian Rhapsody solo, he remembered a wonderful moment in the studio with Freddie during those sessions.

He said: “You know, one day Freddie had a big smile on his face when I came into the studio and he popped a cassette into the player and said, ‘Listen to this, darling. This is going to surprise you.'” 

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Brian said: “And what he’d done was spend the whole morning putting together all the guitar solos that he could find in the work that we’d done, and he’d strung them all together.”

Of course, this was in a time long before digital wizardry when everything had to be done painstakingly by hand, which shows how thoughtful and dedicated a friend Freddie was.

The Queen guitar legend added: “It was quite amazing… Freddie was very proud of the stuff that I’d done and that we’d done together.”

People often forget that, as well as playing air guitar while strutting his stuff on stage, Freddie was also a capable guitarist himself, which made his appreciation of Brian’s talents even more special.

Unfortunately, Brian also had to confess that the story doesn’t quite have a happy ending.

When it came to receiving gifts, Freddie’s needs were simple: “A little gift, a gesture, a nuance…means far more than someone buying you Big Ben. It is totally farcical to assume that people who have money don’t need little gestures like that, like everyone else.”

“There might be people who pooh-pooh that kind of stuff but they must be very boring types.

“Some people think you have all this wealth, so ‘What can I possibly get you as a present? You have everything so I can’t buy you anything.’ I think that’s a cop-out.

“There’s tons of things I need. I hate all those excuses. They think they can’t give you something that doesn’t cost much because it’s going to be beneath you, but that’s absolute cr*p.”

Freddie was certainly extremely generous when he gave gifts but he also spent time choosing what to get, to perfectly suit each person. Even, in fact, after he died.

Elton John described the tearful moment he heard a knock on his door at Christmas in 1991, just weeks after Freddie has passed away.

He said: “My drag name is Sharon and Freddie was Melina. In this beautiful pillowcase was this watercolour painting. The note that went with it said, ‘Dear Sharon, I saw this at auction and I thought you would love it. I love you, Malina’. You can imagine how much I cried.”

Not only was it a beautiful work of art, it was a watercolour by Elton’s favourite artist, the 19th Century painter Henry Scott Tuke.

Elton added: “He was dying and he still thought of his friends.”

Elvis Presley: The only actress who DIDN'T want to kiss The King – His reply was fantastic

The fantastically overblown trailer describes Elvis’ starring role in stirring fashion.

It says: “Now he crowns his meteoric rise to fame with a fiery burst of dramatic power as hard-loving, hard-living Danny Fisher, who sang his way up from the gutters of lusty, brawling New Orleans.

“There were to be many women in Danny’s life, but only two who really count: Nelly, who knew too little about love, Ronnie, who knew too much.”

Jones had come into the film riding high on the success of 1957’s The Bachelor Party, which had earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination.

However, her unwillingness to kiss Elvis on set had nothing to do with her career or any personal feelings about her handsome leading man.