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This Week in Entertainment: It Chapter Two and More

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It Chapter Two Skyrockets To #1

It: Chapter Two hit the box office with $91 million, a promising start to fall after a lackluster summer moviegoing season. However, ticket sales are still below the first movies staggering $124M opening weekend. But, It: Chapter Two still ranks with the second-best horror opening in history, right behind the first It.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with our result,” Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution, said on a Sunday morning call. “Andy Muschietti and New Line, as well as the marketing team led by Blair Rich, created one of those moments where it all works. We’re proud of it.”

Sam Smith New Gender-Neutral Pronouns

British singer/songwriter Sam Smith asked to use gender-neutral pronouns on Friday. They cited “a lifetime of being at war with my gender” as a reason for their choice. In addition, the Grammy-winning musician, 27, made the announcement in an Instagram post titled “My pronouns are they/them.”

“I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out. I’m so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I’ve been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think,” they said.

Felicity Huffman Gets 2 Weeks For College Scandal

Actress Felicity Huffman received a 14-day prison term on Friday. She was the first parent charged for the college admissions scandal. She also made a somber apology in federal court for paying to rig her daughter’s entrance exam. “My first apology is to you,” she said to the judge. “I realize now as a mother that love and truth must go hand in hand, and love at the expense of truth is not real love. I will deserve whatever punishment you give me.”

She was among 51 celebrities and politicians involved in the scandal. In the scandal, many wealthy parents conspired to bribe and fraud their children’s way into top colleges. These colleges included Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, the University of Southern California, the University of Texas and Wake Forest.

Eddie Money Dies At 70

Rock ‘n’ Roll hit and reality TV star Eddie Money died Friday at the age of 70. He died in Los Angeles from esophageal cancer. “I thought I was just going in to get a checkup, and he told me I got cancer,” Money said in an episode that was taped in August and aired on Thursday. He also said that the news hit him “pretty hard”, but he wanted to not keep it a secret.

Nicki Minaj Announces Surprise Retirement

Nicki Minaj took fans by surprise when she announced her plan to retire. In a post on Twitter, she said she wants to “have her family”. The news stunned many of her fans. In addition, she wants to marry her now-boyfriend after she changed her Twitter handle to his last name. She has not confirmed whether or not the wedding has taken place.