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    Thousands turned out to a benefit hosted by comedian Dave Chappelle that honored victims of a mass shooting in Ohio. The star-studded 'Gem City Shine' took place Sunday in Dayton's Oregon District, the historic neighborhood that was marred by a 32-second rampage that killed nine people and left dozens injured Aug. 4. Stevie Wonder headlined the event, which also featured Chance the Rapper and Talib Kweli, among other musicians, news outlets reported. The event was designed to raise both spirits as well as money for the victims and survivors of the shooting. 'Don't forget what this place is about! Mankind learned how to fly in this city,' Chappelle told the crowd. 'Don't forget what this place is about. When the rest of the country was all slavery, everybody was free in Ohio.' Chappelle, who lives in nearby Yellow Springs, was treated to a rendition of 'Happy Birthday' by attendees, instigated by comedian Jon Stewart. Earlier Sunday, Kanye West hosted a Sunday Service in a Dayton park. The service for victims featured choir singers and was also attended by Chappelle. Sunday evening's benefit contributed to helping the community heal, business owners said. 'It's reclaiming Dayton. We don't want anybody to be scared,' Abby Beach told the Dayton Daily News. 'We want everyone to know it's an exciting and fun-loving community.' Mayor Nan Whaley says no taxpayer money was used for the benefit. The mayor and the chamber of commerce raised funds for security and Chappelle donated the stage and secured talent, she said. 'And the least we can do, Dave, is we have declared it Dave Chappelle day in Dayton, Ohio,' Whaley said on stage Sunday night.
  • Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is due back in court on Monday to face a new indictment that prosecutors say would open the door for an actress to testify against him in his sexual assault case. Prosecutors say Weinstein will appear in state court in Manhattan, where he's expected to enter a not guilty plea. He has previously pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of raping a woman in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006. The new indictment against Weinstein hasn't been made public. But in court papers, prosecutors said it was needed to bring evidence involving Annabella Sciorra, best known for her work on 'The Sopranos.' She says Weinstein raped her inside her Manhattan apartment after she starred in a film for his movie studio in 1993. Weinstein, 67, who's free on $1 million bail, has denied all accusations of non-consensual sex. Prosecutors can't charge Weinstein with the alleged attack on Sciorra because the accusation dates to 13 years before New York eliminated its statute of limitations for rape cases in 2006. But in court papers filed this month, they told the judge the indictment will give them a legal foundation to call the actress as a witness to strengthen the predatory sexual assault charge against Weinstein. The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they are victims of sexual assault, but Sciorra went public with her story in a story in The New Yorker in October 2017. Court papers filed by the defense called the attempt to make Sciorra a prosecution witness an '11th-hour maneuver' that 'raises significant legal issues' that could delay the trial by several weeks. Separately, defense attorneys are asking appeals court to move the trial case out of New York City because a 'circus-like atmosphere' there fueled by news reports and social media posts. A decision on the request could come as early as Monday.
  • A new book by a noted historian attempts to show how expanding American democracy hurt Native Americans in the early days of the nation and how tribes viewed the young United States as an entity seeking to erase them from existence. University of Oregon history professor Jeffrey Ostler's just-released 'Surviving Genocide: Native Nations and the United States from the American Revolution and Bleeding Kansas' argues that the emergence of American democracy depended on the taking of Native lands. Leaders of the fledgling nation also felt that removing Native Americans from the ancestral land — by any means necessary — was key to allowing an expanding and poorer white population to move west, the historian writes. Ostler said he based his book on 30 years of research by other scholars in the field of Native American studies, but wanted to do a large survey of how tribes saw the looming U.S. threat. 'If I ask my students, 'Why did we have an American Revolution?' They'll say 'Taxation without representation,'' Ostler said. 'But a very significant issue among the leaders of the American Revolution was that the British were blocking the colonists' access to western lands.' Future President Thomas Jefferson would even write from France that the U.S. needed a constant supply of land to grow while ignoring the people who already lived there, Ostler said. Ostler's book is the first of two volumes on Native American history. The book comes as scholars and writers are challenging narratives around American history and how it hurt people of color. These efforts are drawing criticism from some conservative columnists. Most recently, The New York Times Magazine published a series of essays called The 1619 Project earlier this month around the 400th anniversary marking the beginning of American slavery. The writers argue that African Americans were the true 'perfecters of this democracy' in the U.S. by continually fighting for the nation's ideals of equality and against the legacy of slavery. Columbia University history professor Karl Jacoby called Ostler's book an exciting work in Native American history. Jacoby said it would counter the romantic story portrayed in such recent books like David McCullough's 'The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West.' Historians, scholars and activists took to social media accused McCullough of romanticizing white settlement and downplaying the pain inflicted on Native Americans. 'Ostler's book is very different and gives a much more complex and accurate story about what happened,' Jacoby said. Ostler said he is working on finishing his second volume of 'Surviving Genocide' which will cover the how Native Americans responded to attempts to remove and kill them in New Mexico, Arizona and the Pacific Northwest. ___ Russell Contreras reported from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a member of The Associated Press' race and ethnicity team. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/russcontreras
  • Angel Has Fallen' easily topped the box office with a $21.3 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday, as the action sequel became the latest mid-budget release to find modest success in the often quiet late summer. The Lionsgate film beat expectations going into the weekend, opening similarly to the previous 2016 installment 'London Has Fallen.' The film series stars Gerard Butler as a Secret Service agent protecting the U.S. president played by Morgan Freeman. In 'Angel Has Fallen,' Butler's agent is wrongly accused of trying to assassinate the president. Going back to 2013's 'Olympus Has Fallen,' the franchise has been a quietly consistent performer, taking in roughly $200 million worldwide each time. 'Angel Has Fallen,' produced for about $40 million by Millennium Films, is poised for a similar course, opening just shy of the $21.6 million 'London Has Fallen' debut. David Spitz, president of domestic distribution for Lionsgate, pointed to the film's A-minus CinemaScore and 94% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes (far better than the 39% critic score) as good word-of-mouth harbingers for the continued playability of 'Angel Has Fallen' through the last weeks of summer. 'That's a great sign that the movie is going to be theaters for a long time,' Spitz said. 'Over-performing this weekend and exit polls suggesting we're going to have a nice long runway is terrific.' Late August is known as a sleepy period at the box office, but it's also one of the few parts of the calendar relatively light on big-budget tentpole releases. That's given some room for recent successes such as Universal's comedy hit 'Good Boys,' which slid to second with $11.8 million. Last week, it became the first R-rated comedy in more than three years to land at No.1. And the Lionsgate-distributed 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' has also flourished in August, taking in $50.5 million in three weeks including $6 million this weekend. Some of the bigger films are still expanding around the globe, though. The 'Fast & Furious' spinoff 'Hobbs & Shaw' opened this weekend in China — where the high-octane franchise has regularly thrived — grossing $102 million and pushing the film to a worldwide total of $588.9 million. Disney's 'The Lion King,' after seven weeks of release, still ranks among the top four films domestically and has now passed $1.5 billion worldwide. That ranks ninth all time, not accounting for inflation. However, the acclaimed Fox Searchlight horror release 'Ready or Not,' about a bride forced into a deadly game of hide-and-seek with her new in-laws, got off to a lackluster start. It took in $7.6 million in ticket sales and $10.6 million since opening Wednesday. Faring better was the Christian film 'Overcomer,' from Sony's Affirm Films, which landed in third with an $8 million opening weekend. It also scored an A-plus CinemaScore from audiences. Among specialty releases, Amazon's 'Brittany Runs a Marathon,' about a young woman (Jillian Bell) who devotes herself to running to lose weight, scored the weekend's most packed theaters. It debuted with a per-theater average of $35,194 in five locations. And Roadside Attractions' 'Peanut Butter Falcon' made an impression in expansion, taking in $3 million from 984 theaters. The film stars Zack Gottsagen, who has Down syndrome, Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson. 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. 1. 'Angel Has Fallen,' $21.3 million ($8.4 million international). 2. 'Good Boys,' $11.8 million ($3.5 million international). 3. 'Overcomer,' $8 million. 4. 'The Lion King,' $8.2 million ($30 million international). 5. 'Hobbs & Shaw,' $8.1 million ($120 million international). 6. 'Ready or Not,' $7.6 million. 7. 'The Angry Birds 2 Movie,' $6.4 million ($10.2 million international). 8. 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,' $6 million ($3.5 million international). 9. 'Dora and the Lost City of Gold,' $5.2 million ($3.2 million international). 10. 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,' $5 million ($28 million international). ___ Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Comscore. 1. 'Hobbs & Shaw,' $120 million. 2. 'The Lion King,' $30 million. 3. 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,' $28 million. 4. 'Ne Zha,' $22.9 million. 5. 'The Angry Birds Movie 2,' $10.2 million. 6. 'Angel Has Fallen,' $8.4 million. 7. 'The Bravest,' $6.1 million. 8. 'The Secret Life of Pets,' $4.9 million. 9. 'Metamorphosis,' $4.7 million. 10. 'Crawl,' $4.1 million. ___ Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP
  • Can someone as notorious in the #MeToo era as Harvey Weinstein get a fair trial in the world's media capital? That's one of the legal questions looming over the sexual assault case against the movie mogul with jury selection scheduled for early next month. Weinstein's lawyers want the trial moved from New York City to Long Island or upstate New York — part of the last-minute wrangling that includes efforts by prosecutors to bolster their case with testimony from actress Annabella Sciorra, who says Weinstein raped her in the 1990s. Weinstein has denied all accusations of non-consensual sex. The maneuvers have the potential to cause further delays in an already fitful prosecution. Some of the uncertainty could be cleared up Monday, when Weinstein is due to be arraigned on a new indictment, and an appeals court is expected to rule on a defense motion for a change of venue that prosecutors oppose. Such motions are rarely granted. But defense lawyers argue the court should make an exception in Weinstein's case, given a 'circus-like atmosphere' and 'hysteria' fueled by news reports and social media posts. In court papers, they noted that their client's name was mentioned online on the New York Post's gossip column Page Six more than 11,000 times. 'It is safe to say that New York City is the least likely place on earth where Mr. Weinstein could receive a fair trial, where jurors could hear evidence, deliberate and render a verdict in an atmosphere free of intimidation from pressure to deliver a result that the politicians, the activists, the celebrities and the media demand,' the lawyers wrote in court papers. But 'the publicity will be suffocating' wherever the case is tried, said Jeffrey Lichtman, a high-profile New York City attorney who is not part of the case. Lichtman, who represented Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, called the change-of-venue bid misguided because Weinstein, he said, would probably fare better with a jury composed of more 'open-minded' Manhattan residents who 'might be more sympathetic to the defense that these accusers slept with Harvey with the hope of getting a movie role.' Weinstein, 67, is charged with raping a woman in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006 — both of which he denies. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted on all counts. He is free on $1 million bail. The new indictment against Weinstein hasn't been made public. But in court papers, prosecutors said it was needed to bring evidence involving Sciorra, best known for her work on 'The Sopranos.' She claims Weinstein raped her inside her Manhattan apartment after she starred in a film for his movie studio in 1993. Prosecutors can't charge Weinstein with the alleged attack because the accusation dates to 13 years before New York eliminated its statute of limitations for rape cases in 2006. But in court papers filed this month, prosecutors told the judge the indictment will give them a legal foundation to call the actress as a witness to strengthen the predatory sexual assault charge against Weinstein. That requires evidence of a history of past sex crimes against women. Court papers filed by the defense called the attempt to make Sciorra a prosecution witness an '11th-hour maneuver' that 'raises significant legal issues' that could delay the trial by several weeks. The actress is among the dozens of women who have leveled accusations against Weinstein in accounts published by The New York Times, The New Yorker and other outlets. The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they are victims of sexual assault, but Sciorra went public with her story in a story in The New Yorker in October 2017. She told the magazine she didn't report the assault at the time because, even though she tried to fight off Weinstein, she believed she was to blame. Prosecutors said she didn't speak with them until after Weinstein's arrest in May 2018. 'Like most of these women, I was so ashamed of what happened,' she said. 'I felt disgusting.' ___ Follow Hays at twitter.com/aptomhays and Sisak at twitter.com/mikesisak
  • The Rock is honeymooning at a Disney convention. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson got married last weekend in Hawaii to longtime partner Lauren Hashian — and then spent Saturday promoting 'Jungle Cruise' at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. He says his new wife didn't mind. 'She loved it because she knows D23— as she knows — is named after me. Dwayne. That's where the D comes from,' Johnson joked on a red carpet at the convention. 'We had a great wedding. Yes. It was really beautiful.' Johnson partnered with Emily Blunt to make the movie based on the Disneyland ride, set to be released next year. Blunt said her favorite moment making the film came during a comedic bit with Johnson while escaping an 'Amazonian tribe.' 'The dialogue that happens and the comedy that happened in that — we could not make it through a take without laughing. So I have such a fond memory of it. It was like agony to try and get through the scene,' Blunt said. Johnson added: 'It gave me so much joy to make her laugh so hard that the takes were ruined.' 'Jungle Cruise,' directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and also starring Paul Giamatti and Jack Whitehall is to be released next summer.
  • Angelina Jolie says she's 'so proud' that her 18-year-old son is leaving home to study biochemistry in South Korea. The actress was seen in video released several days ago dropping her son Maddox off at Yonsei University in Seoul, and holding back tears. 'I didn't realize everybody had watched me do it,' she said Saturday at the D23 expo in Anaheim, California. 'It felt very private when we were there and just fun. But the school is so wonderful and we're so proud that he's there. And it's a great university and I'm just amazed I have a son who's that smart.' Jolie is in two upcoming Disney movies: a sequel to 'Maleficent' and Marvel Studios' 'Eternals.' 'They called me — but I was so happy. I think I just didn't see myself that way. I thought I was kind of ready to direct and sit home,' Jolie said of joining 'Eternals.' 'I was but now I'm now I'm going to be dressing in gold and jumping around.' 'Eternals,' which will feature actors including Salma Hayek, Brian Tyree Henry and Kumail Nanjiani, is set for release next year. It's directed by filmmaker Chloe Zhao, until now best known for critically acclaimed indie films like 'The Rider.
  • A new environmental foundation backed by Leonardo DiCaprio is pledging $5 million in aid to the Amazon, which has been swept by wildfires . Earth Alliance was created last month by DiCaprio and philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth. On Sunday, it launched the Amazon Forest Fund in an announcement on their website. The alliance is also seeking donations to help repair the Brazilian rainforest, called the 'lungs of the planet.' Brazilian federal experts reported a record number of wildfires across the country this year, up 84% over the same period in 2018. The funds will be distributed to five local groups working to combat the problem: Instituto Associacao Floresta Protegida, Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon, Instituto Kabu, Instituto Raoni, and Instituto Socioambiental.
  • Doctors at the hospital where Spain's former monarch Juan Carlos I underwent heart surgery say he is making a satisfactory recovery almost 24 hours after the operation. Lucía Alonso, the managing director of Madrid's Quironsalud University Hospital, said Sunday the 81-year-old king emeritus is awake and breathing without support. Alonso says in a statement that Juan Carlos is sitting up in bed and 'is in good spirits.' The triple bypass procedure Saturday was scheduled after the former king had a checkup two months ago. The hospital said the operation was successful and without complications. Juan Carlos abdicated in 2014 in favor of Felipe, ending a near 39-year reign. He retired from public duties last May.
  • Plácido Domingo received a standing ovation as he took to the stage at the Salzburg Festival on Sunday, a concerted show of support at his first performance since nine women accused him of sexual harassment in a report by The Associated Press. Domingo and his co-stars in a concert of Verdi's tragic opera 'Luisa Miller' all shared in 10 minutes of applause at the end of the show -- but a standing ovation at the start of the show was for the 78-year-old opera legend alone. The singers walked out single file and the applause intensified as Domingo, second to last, appeared from behind the curtain, growing to a crescendo until most of the house was on its feet. 'Wonderful public, good performance all, I mean so much love from the public,' Domingo said after the show as he signed autographs at a side entrance for dozens of fans, many whom said they have followed the opera legend for decades. The Domingo accusations have divided the opera world. Two U.S. opera houses immediately canceled planned appearances. European opera houses have so far confirmed engagements scheduled through November 2020, in what some see as an effort to slow a perceived rush to judgment in the #MeToo movement. At the Salzburg Festival, the divide was largely viewed as geographical, with many seeing the seeing the case as a virulent form of particularly American political correctness and expressing outrage that U.S. engagements had been canceled without any judicial evidence of the claims, and with eight of the accusers maintaining anonymity. 'Domingo has wiped aside all the lies. He was great,' said Michael Burggasser, a German literature teacher in Vienna, who says he has appeared as an extra in productions featuring Domingo in the past. 'It was an outstanding performance,' Burggasser said. 'But it was also a public rehabilitation of Mr. Domingo. Because when the people stood up in the beginning and cheered for him - that expresses their support for him. And this great man deserved it. These accusations are ridiculous and just not true.' Domingo received unwavering support from the festival, as well as his co-stars. Both soprano Nino Machaidze and tenor Piotr Beczala praised Domingo and the audience for their support as they greeted fans after the show. 'He was concentrated on the work. He was wonderful, everything was dazzling,' Beczala said. The AP story published last week detailed extensive allegations of sexual harassment by nine women against Domingo that spanned decades, starting in the 1980s. The women accused Domingo of using his power at the LA Opera, where he has been the longtime general director, and elsewhere to try to pressure them into sexual relationships. Several of the woman said he dangled jobs and then sometimes punished them professionally if they refused his advances. Allegations included repeated phone calls, invitations to hotel rooms and his apartment, and unwanted touching and kisses. In a statement to the AP, Domingo called the allegations 'deeply troubling and, as presented inaccurate' and said he believed his interactions with the women to be consensual. He hasn't spoken publicly about the allegations since the article was published. As he greeted fans, Domingo declined to discuss the accusations saying, 'No, I cannot.' Culture writer Hedwig Kainberger wrote in the Salzburger Nachrichten this week that there was no reason for Domingo not to sing at the festival. She noted that he has never had the sort of political power at the Salzburg Festival that he has in some U.S. opera houses. 'However, Plácido Domingo has benefited a lot from public fame,' Kainberger added. 'Therefore, in addition to the jubilation, he should also bear the criticism, listen to the protests, participate in the clarification and muster the courage to make any confessions.' Domingo's super fans were hearing none of that, persuaded that the U.S. reaction was an exaggeration. They shouted 'Bravissimo' and 'Victory' as Domingo crossed the street with his wife Marta and son Alvaro, who had accepted flowers before the show from fans waiting outside. Marta took a cellphone video of the adoring crowd. Anne-Marie Lindauer, who says she has seen more than 200 Domingo performances over three decades, said she will never again go to the U.S. opera houses that have canceled him. 'That's prejudice,' she said. 'Such anonymous allegations would not work like that in Europe.' American Kathleen Carlson said the 'Luisa Miller' concert featuring Domingo was part of a five-opera European tour she is on, but that she never considered skipping after hearing of the allegations. 'It didn't bother me,' Carlson said. 'The #MeToo movement in the United States, is kind of getting on my nerves as a female. People are coming out of the woodwork, and I mean, I understand it, but why did we wait so long. Is it just because it is the thing to do now?