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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's magic versus Arnold at the nation's movie theaters this holiday weekend. "Magic Mike XXL" is taking an early lead in July Fourth weekend ticket sales. Channing Tatum stars in the male-stripper sequel, which goes head-to-head with "Terminator Genisys." Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to his signature role, in the fifth installment of the Terminator sci-fi franchise. Both films are trying to knock "Jurassic World" out of the top spot. Pixar's "Inside Out" is another holdover that could do well against the two new films. This year's Independence Day weekend should be much better than last year for Hollywood, which was one of the worst in decades.


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Jamie Friar

It's magic versus Arnold at the nation's movie theaters. The AP's Jamie Friar looks at the holiday weekend box office race. ((opens with sound))

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Jamie Friar

Dinosaurs, male strippers and the Terminator are all vying for box office dominance, as the AP's Jamie Friar reports.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke

Here are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke in an excerpt of "Terminator Genisys" trailer.

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Andie MacDowell and Joe Manganiello

Here are Andie MacDowell and Joe Manganiello in excerpt of "Magic Mike XXL" trailer.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The show will go on for 51 beauty queens whose TV future hung in the balance after controversial comments made by Donald Trump. The Reelz channel has picked up the Miss USA pageant, saying the event is "an integral part of American tradition." Reelz CEO Stan E. Hubbard says Donald Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants were incredibly insensitive and wrong, but the event is "non-political." He says the licensing fee the channel negotiated with the pageant ensures Trump will not profit from the event. Reelz reaches about 70 million viewers.


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Stan E. Hubbard, president and CEO, Reelz channel

Reelz channel president and CEO Stan E. Hubbard says Reelz is not condoning Donald Trumps remarks about Mexican immigrants by signing on to broadcast the Miss USA pageant, which is co-owned by Trump.

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Stan E. Hubbard, president and CEO, Reelz channel

Reelz channel president and CEO Stan E. Hubbard says Reelz is not trying to help out Donald Trump by airing the Miss USA pageant.

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Stan E. Hubbard, president and CEO, Reelz channel

Reelz channel president and CEO Stan E. Hubbard says getting the chance to broadcast the Miss USA pageant is a rare opportunity.

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Stan E. Hubbard, president and CEO, Reelz channel

Reelz channel president and CEO Stan E. Hubbard says it would be tragic if the Miss USA pageant were to be denied a national television broadcast.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The civil trial over the Hulk Hogan sex tape is on temporary hold. The former pro-wrestler is suing the website Gawker and the trial had been scheduled to begin Monday. But yesterday a federal appeals court in Florida issued a procedural opinion regarding trial rules. It said some defense motions had been filed too close to the scheduled start date. Hogan is suing for $100 million after Gawker released parts of a sex video involving him and Heather Cole, the ex-wife of Hogan's one-time friend and radio show host Bubba the Love Sponge Clem. Gawker says Hogan talked in detail about his sex life before the video's release, which made the story newsworthy. No new trial date has been set.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei is joining season 2 of the Fox hit "Empire." Entertainment Weekly reports Tomei plays a venture capitalist who loves hip hop, fashion and beautiful women. EW says Empire's roster of guest-stars next season will include Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, and Adam Rodriguez.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- NeNe Leakes and Betty White are teaming up. ABC says the reality star and veteran actress will be among the celebrity panelists on the network's revival of the '50s game show, "To Tell the Truth." White was a panelist on the first incarnation of the show. Anthony Anderson will host. ABC hasn't announced an air date.

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July 05, 2015 07:09 GMT

Today is Sunday, July 5, the 186th day of 2015. There are 179 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On July 5, 1865, the Secret Service Division of the U.S. Treasury Department was founded in Washington D.C. with the mission of suppressing counterfeit currency.

On this date:

In 1687, Isaac Newton first published his Principia Mathematica, a three-volume work setting out his mathematical principles of natural philosophy.

In 1811, Venezuela became the first South American country to declare independence from Spain.

In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act.

In 1940, during World War II, Britain and the Vichy government in France broke off diplomatic relations.

In 1946, the bikini, created by Louis Reard (ray-AHRD'), was modeled by Micheline Bernardini during a poolside fashion show in Paris.

In 1947, Larry Doby made his debut with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black player in the American League.

In 1948, Britain's National Health Service Act went into effect, providing publicly-financed medical and dental care.

In 1954, Elvis Presley's first commercial recording session took place at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee; the song he recorded was "That's All Right."

In 1962, independence took effect in Algeria; the same day, civilians of European descent, mostly French, came under attack by extremists in the port city of Oran.

In 1975, Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles title as he defeated Jimmy Connors, 6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4. The Cape Verde (VUHR'-dee) Islands officially became independent after five centuries of Portuguese rule.

In 1984, the Supreme Court weakened the 70-year-old "exclusionary rule," deciding that evidence seized in good faith with defective court warrants could be used against defendants in criminal trials.

In 1991, a worldwide financial scandal erupted as regulators in eight countries shut down the Bank of Credit and Commerce International.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush thanked Iraq war ally Denmark during a stopover in Copenhagen while en route to an international economic summit in Scotland. Hurricane Cindy moved ashore, pelting the Louisiana coast with sideways rain and intermittent squalls. Retired Vice Adm. and war hero James Stockdale, Ross Perot's 1992 presidential running mate, died in Coronado, California, at age 81.

Five years ago: Israel eased its blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza to allow virtually all consumer goods; the move was welcomed by the White House, but Gaza business leaders and rights activists said the measures were far short of what Gaza needed. Opera singer Cesare Siepi, 87, died in Atlanta. David Fanshawe, a widely traveled British musical explorer best known as the composer of "African Sanctus," died in Wiltshire, England, at age 68.

One year ago: Ukrainian troops forced pro-Russian insurgents out of Slovyansk, a key stronghold in Ukraine's embattled east. Petra Kvitova overwhelmed Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0 in less than an hour to win Wimbledon for the second time.

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Today's Birthdays: Actress Katherine Helmond is 86. Actress Shirley Knight is 79. Singer-musician Robbie Robertson is 72. Julie Nixon Eisenhower is 67. Rock star Huey Lewis is 65. Baseball Hall-of-Fame pitcher Rich "Goose" Gossage is 64. Country musician Charles Ventre is 63. Singer-songwriter Marc Cohn is 56. Actor John Marshall Jones is 53. Actor Dorien Wilson is 53. Actress Edie Falco is 52. Actress Jillian Armenante is 51. Actress Kathryn Erbe (er-BEE') is 50. Actor Michael Stuhlbarg (STOOL'-bahrg) is 47. Country musician Brent Flynn (Flynnville Train) is 46. Rapper RZA (RIH'-zuh) is 46. Rhythm-and-blues singer Joe is 42. Rock musician Bengt Lagerberg (The Cardigans) is 42. Actor Dale Godboldo is 40. Rapper Bizarre is 39. Rapper Royce da 5'9" is 38. Rock singer Jason Wade (Lifehouse) is 35. Actor Ryan Hansen is 34. Country musician Dave Haywood (Lady Antebellum) is 33. Rock musician Nick O'Malley (Arctic Monkeys) is 30. Actor Jason Dolley is 24.

Thought for Today: "Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right." -- Isaac Asimov, American author (1920-1992).

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