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World Cup final delayed by protesters; Russian punk band claims responsibility

Sunday’s World Cup final between France and Croatia was disrupted briefly Sunday when four people dressed in old-fashioned police uniforms ran onto the pitch, The Independent reported.

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The Russian activist punk band Pussy Riot claimed responsibility for the suspension of play at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, which occurred during the 52nd minute of Sunday’s match.

“News Flash! Just a few minutes ago four Pussy Riot members performed in the FIFA World Cup final match — ‘Policeman enters the Game,’” the band posted on its Twitter feed.

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France was leading 2-1 when three women and a man charged onto the pitch, The Associated Press reported. The protesters were wrestled to the ground by police. Croatia defender Dejan Lovren pushed the male protester, which allowed police to subdue him, the AP reported.

The protesters were dressed in black pants and white shirts. They entered the pitch from behind the net guarded by French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, The Independent reported. One of the women reached the center of the pitch and high-fived French forward Kylian Mbappe.

On Twitter, the group released a statement urging the Russian government to release political prisoners and to end “illegal arrests” of protesters.

>> Photos: 2018 World Cup final -- France vs. Croatia

Russian President Vladimir Putin was watching Sunday’s match at the stadium, along with French President Emmanuel Macron and FIFA President Gianni Infantino, according to the AP.

Rapper buys every seat in house, takes strangers to movies

A Maine rapper surprised moviegoers with free tickets to a sci-fi satire movie.

Rory Ferreira, who goes by the stage name Milo, bought all 129 seats to the 4:20 p.m. showing of the movie "Sorry to Bother You" at the Nickelodeon in Portland, Maine, on Saturday. The Portland Press Herald reports employees told patrons they could see a movie for free as they arrived at the theater.

Ferreira says he was inspired by the movie's director, Boots Riley, to do something good for society. Ferreira, of Biddeford, also attended the movie, and tweeted an invite for anyone interested to "catch a flick wit me."

The movie follows the story of a black telemarketer who takes on white speaking mannerisms to try to succeed at his job.

'Hotel Transylvania 3' tops charts, 'Skyscraper' stumbles

"Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" has checked into the No. 1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend and left the Dwayne Johnson action thriller, "Skyscraper," in the dust.

Sony Pictures estimated Sunday that the animated family movie earned $44.1 million from North American theaters. As the first in the franchise to open in the summer, it's just slightly under the previous installment's $48.5 million debut in September 2015.

Worldwide, "Hotel Transylvania 3" has already earned more than $100 million.

"It's really terrific," said Adrian Smith, Sony's head of domestic distribution. "We're positioned to take advantage of the valuable summer weekdays and there are six weeks of summer left."

The successful series has grossed over $900 million worldwide to date.

Going into the weekend, experts expected a three-way race to the top between "Hotel Transylvania 3," ''Skyscraper" and "Ant-Man and the Wasp," but the family film won by a large margin.

"There haven't been a lot of options for families this summer," said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. "They become instant hits."

Johnson's "Skyscraper," a rare original summer blockbuster, remained earthbound in its first weekend in North America. The Universal Pictures film brought in only $25.5 million domestically. "Skyscraper" cost a reported $125 million to produce, not accounting for marketing costs.

Johnson has been a consistent presence in movie theaters this year with both "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" and "Rampage" prior to "Skyscraper." Both previous films opened in the $35 million range, and while "Jumanji" went on to be a worldwide box office juggernaut, "Rampage" petered out domestically just under $100 million. As with "Rampage," however, the studio is expecting the majority of "Skyscraper" profits to come from international audiences.

"'Skyscraper' is really engineered for a global release and it got a terrific start," said Jim Orr, Universal's president of domestic distribution. "We have great faith in a more than terrific run at the domestic box office going forward."

Internationally, "Skyscraper" grossed $40.4 million from 57 territories for a global total of $65.9 million.

Second place went to Disney and Marvel's "Ant-Man and the Wasp," which brought in an additional $28.8 million in its second weekend, down 62 percent from last week. It's one of the steeper second week falls in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first "Ant-Man" fell 53 percent.

"Incredibles 2" took fourth place with $16.2 million and "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" rounded out the top five with $15.5 million.

A handful of smaller releases made notable splashes this weekend including Annapurna's buzzy dystopian satire "Sorry to Bother You," which opened in limited release last week and added 789 locations this weekend. It earned $4.3 million in its expansion for spot No. 7 on the charts.

The coming of age film "Eighth Grade" also scored top marks, and the highest per theater average of the year, with $252,284 from four theaters. The well-reviewed pic will expand nationwide in the coming weeks.

And documentaries continue to perform well too, including the Fred Rogers doc "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" which added $1.9 million from 868 theaters, and "Three Identical Strangers" which expanded to 167 theaters and grossed $1.2 million.

Estimated ticket sales are 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. "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation," $44.1 million ($46.4 million international).

2. "Ant-Man and the Wasp," $28.8 million ($35.3 million international).

3. "Skyscraper," $25.5 million ($40.4 million international).

4. "Incredibles 2," $16.2 million ($33.3 million international).

5. "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," $15.5 million ($26.7 million international).

6. "The First Purge," $9.1 million ($6.2 million international).

7. "Sorry to Bother You," $4.3 million.

8. "Sicario: Day of the Soldado," $3.9 million ($1.7 million international).

9. "Uncle Drew," $3.2 million ($70,000 international).

10. "Ocean's 8," $2.9 million ($4.3 million international).

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

1. "Dying to Survive," $66.6 million.

2. "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation," $46.4 million.

3. "Hidden Man," $44.8 million.

4. "Skyscraper," $40.4 million.

5. "Ant-Man and the Wasp," $35.3 million.

6. "Incredibles 2," $33.3 million.

7. "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," $26.7 million.

8. "Asura," $6.6 million.

9. "The First Purge," $6.2 million.

10. "Ocean's 8," $4.3 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

Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon men’s final

Novak Djokovic, showing few effects from his marathon semifinal victory 24 hours earlier, won his fourth Wimbledon men’s singles title Sunday, defeating Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3) at The All-England  Lawn Tennis Club.

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It was also the 13th career Grand Slam victory for Djokovic, 31, and the first for the Serb since the 2016 French Open. Anderson, the eighth seed, lost his second Grand Slam final. He lost to Rafael Nadal in the 2017 U.S. Open title match.

Djokovic was coming off a grueling semifinal against Nadal, winning 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(9), 3-6, 10-8 in a 5-hour, 15-minute duel. It was the second-longest semifinal in Wimbledon history that began Friday and had to be resumed Saturday because of curfew rules.

The longest semifinal match was held Friday, when Anderson, 31, topped John Isner in a 7-hour, 36-minute five-set marathon.

Temperatures on Centre Court broke 100 degrees as the two finalists began play.

Celebrities in the stands included Hugh Grant, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Djokovic, the 12th seed, defeated Anderson in 2 hours, 15 minutes and took the first set in 29 minutes.  He improved to 6-1 against Anderson and defeated the South African for the third time at Wimbledon.

Photos: 2018 World Cup final -- France vs. Croatia

France, Croatia meet in Moscow to play in soccer’s biggest game.

Lawsuit filed against 'S-Town' podcast creators by estate

The estate of the man at the center of the popular "S-Town" podcast is suing the show's creators, saying they exploited details of his private life for financial gain.

Craig Cargile, the executor of John B. McLemore's estate filed the lawsuit Thursday in Bibb County, Alabama. The lawsuit contends McLemore didn't give permission to broadcast the intimate details of his sexual orientation, mental state and other aspects of his life.

"S-Town" tells the story of McLemore, an antique clock restorer from Woodstock, Alabama, who killed himself in 2015.

McLemore in 2012 sent an email to producers of "This American Life" asking for help in a murder investigation. The resulting 2017 podcast focused heavily on McLemore and included the description on its website as an "unearthing of the mysteries of one man's life."

"None of these 'mysteries' are of legitimate public concern, nor were these matters that McLemore contacted (Brian) Reed to investigate or write about. Instead, they generally involved the private matters of McLemore's life," attorneys wrote in the lawsuit.

S-Town executive producer Julie Snyder wrote in an emailed response to the Associated Press Saturday that she could not comment on the litigation other than to say it "lacks merit."

"S-Town is produced consistent with the highest journalistic standards and we intend to defend against this lawsuit aggressively," Snyder wrote.

The lawsuit asks for compensatory and punitive damages.

Angelique Kerber defeats Serena Williams in Wimbledon final

German tennis star Angelique Kerber beat Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3 in the women’s final Saturday at Wimbledon, taking home her first championship title.

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Williams, 36, fell short of her eighth Wimbledon trophy and a chance to score a record 24th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.

The match between Kerber and Williams was stalled for over an hour Saturday, until after the men’s semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal was completed.

Saturday’s tournament was Williams’ fourth appearance since she began her comeback after a 14-month hiatus. Williams came into the fortnight ranked No. 181 and was seeded 25th at Wimbledon because of her previous success at the event.

Williams’ victory would have made her the fourth mother ever to win a Grand Slam event.

Williams gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia in September 2017. She had to deal with a health scare after the emergency cesarean section when small blood clots were found on her lungs, CNN reported.

The last time Williams and Kerber met in a Grand Slam final was at Wimbledon in 2016. That year, Williams won her seventh major title on grass, 7-5, 6-3.

That was Williams’ second straight Wimbledon title, won in the early stages of her pregnancy. She sat out last year’s grass-court tournament after winning the Australian Open several months earlier.

Her first Grand Slam tournament was the French Open. Williams won three matches before withdrawing because of an injured chest muscle.

Yvette Nicole Brown is interim guest host of 'Walking Dead'

Yvette Nicole Brown is filling in for Chris Hardwick as host of "The Walking Dead" and "Talking Dead" while AMC Networks reviews sexual-assault allegations against Hardwick.

AMC announced Friday that Brown will be "interim guest host" of "The Walking Dead Season 9 Preview Special" on Aug. 5. Brown also will host "Talking Dead" on Aug. 12.

Brown starred in the NBC comedy "Community" and already was stepping in for Hardwick as moderator of "Walking Dead" panels next week at San Diego Comic-Con.

Hardwick has acknowledged that an online post by his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra alleging she had been sexually assaulted and emotionally abused referred to him. He has denied the allegations but has said the couple's three-year relationship was imperfect and included arguments.

Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dead at 101

Nancy Sinatra Sr., the first of entertainer Frank Sinatra’s four wives and mother of their three children, died Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 101.

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Her death was announced on Twitter by her daughter Nancy, who tweeted “My mother passed away peacefully tonight at the age of 101. She was a blessing and the light of my life. Godspeed, Momma. Thank you for everything.”

Nancy Barbato was born March 25, 1917, in Jersey City, New Jersey. She met Sinatra in the summer of 1934 and married her high school sweetheart five years later. The couple’s first two children were born in Jersey CIty: Nancy, who sang the 1966 hit “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” in 1940, and Frank Jr. in 1944. The family moved to California in late 1944, and daughter Tina was born in Toluca Lake in 1948, the Hollywood Reporter said.

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Their marriage ended in 1951 after Sinatra’s affair with actress Ava Gardner, CNN reported. Sinatra married Gardner days after the divorce was final. 

After he divorced Gardner, Sinatra went on to marry Mia Farrow in 1966 and Barbara Marx in 1978. 

He died in 1998 at the age of 82.

Nancy Sinatra Sr. never remarried, The Hollywood Reporter said.

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