Box office weekend news… The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winners… Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd were married… Shawn Mendes wanted to hit the big screen… and Celebrities supporting March For Our Lives
Despite Grae Drake from Rotten Tomatoes telling us it was awful, people still went to see “Pacific Rim Uprising.” It opened with only $28 million, but it was still enough to knock “Black Panther” down to the second spot with $17 million. Coming in third was “I Can Only Imagine” with $13.9 million, followed by “Sherlock Gnomes” with $10 million
The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards hosted by John Cena were held Saturday night. Kids and families cast votes in 19 categories, including four new ones — Favorite Funny YouTube Creator, Favorite Musical YouTube Creator, Favorite Dance Trend and Favorite Instagram Pet — because THIS is what kids, including my daughter, care about! By the way, Favorite Instagram Pet is Jiffpom and that Backpack Kid won Favorite Dance Trend. But for the bigger categories, “Jumanji” won for Favorite Movie and Favorite Movie Actor for Dwayne Johnson. Zendaya won Favorite Movie Actress for “The Greatest Showman” AND for “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Favorite Music Group was Fifth Harmony. Oh well! Favorite Male and Female Artists were Shawn Mendes and Demi Lovato.
Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd were married in an outdoor ceremony in Nashville Saturday. A lot of people thought she might have the wedding in her hometown of Arlington, Texas, but Nashville is the city where these two first met for a writing session in 2013. Out of that session came Tim McGraw’s song “Last Turn Home,” which is how Maren captioned one of her wedding photos, “My last turn home.” How sweet! The night before their wedding, Ryan released a song he wrote for Maren called “Diamonds or Twine.” On Instagram, Ryan captioned a photo of the song’s cover art, “I wrote this song for you, played it for you in Michigan the night I asked you to marry me. Diamonds or Twine, no matter what, I’ll be wrapped around your finger. I love you, MM. Here’s to forever.”
“Love, Simon” is a romantic comedy featuring a 17-year-old boy who hasn’t told any of his family or friends that he’s gay, but then he falls for an anonymous classmate online and his secret life is threatened to be revealed. The movie stars Nick Robinson who you may have seen in “Jurassic World.” But Shawn Mendes said he was actually pushing to play that role, but the timing didn’t work out. We don’t know how far Shawn got in the audition process, but from the way the director talks, Nick was his top choice for the movie. Either way, Shawn says he has no regrets. In fact, he says he was at the movies watching “Love, Simon” when his new single “In My Blood” hit the airwaves on March 22.
March for Our Lives demonstrations were held across the country on Saturday. In addition to hundreds of thousands of teenagers demanding change when it comes to gun laws, a bunch of celebrities turned out to show their support. Among the many performers in Washington, DC, Miley Cyrus performed her song “The Climb,” Ariana Grande sang “Be Alright,” Demi Lovato sang “Skyscraper,” and Jennifer Hudson closed out the march there with a gospel rendition of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A Changin’.” You may remember that Jennifer lost her mother, brother and nephew to gun violence in 2008.