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Stevie Wonder reveals his last words to Aretha Franklin before she died

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In an emotional interview, Stevie Wonder revealed some of his last words to his longtime friend and fellow music legend Aretha Franklin before her death on Thursday.

“She wasn’t able to speak back, but her family felt that she could hear me, and so I just said all the things that I’ve always said and told her to say hello to my sister – that I lost this year as well,” Wonder said on “CBS This Morning” while choking up about his visit to Franklin’s home in Detroit on Tuesday. “But, you know, she did incredible music, incredible singer. She touched every genre. Every singer was influenced in some way by the way she sang, and they will forever be influenced by her because of her voice, her emotion, her sincerity is unforgettable.”

Wonder said he and Franklin were talking about collaborating as recently as two months ago.

“We’d been talking about it. There was a song that I had written called ‘The Future,’ and we were going to sing it together. And so,” Franklin said, pausing as he was overcome with emotion, “I thought I cried my last tear.”

He pointed to Franklin’s power to transform songs and make them her own.

“I knew ‘Respect’ from Otis Redding, but when I heard her sing it, it was like hearing a whole new song. Amazing what she did with the song, originally done by Otis Redding,” Wonder said. “But, you know, another similarity to that is the song that I wrote, ‘Until You Come Back to Me.’ … The greatest gift for me was when I heard her sing ‘Until You Come Back to Me.’ Someone said on one of the channels yesterday that when she sings your song, she takes it, and you don’t get it back. And that’s what she did.”

“I don’t mind it at all,” he added.

Wonder said being raised in Detroit, Franklin was one of his great inspirations.

Franklin’s family said the artist died from advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type. The cause of death was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, according to the family’s statement.  

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Kanye West gifts Uganda’s President pair of Sneakers

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Kanye West presents  a pair of white sneakers to Uganda’s  74-year-old leader, president Yoweri Museveni during a visit to the East African nation.



President Yoweri Museveni says he and the American rapper held “fruitful discussions” about promoting tourism and arts.

West and his wife, reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, have been vacationing in a national park in Uganda. He is said to be recording music in a tent.

Uganda’s presidency released photos of a hoodie-wearing West meeting Museveni at the State House on Monday and exchanging gifts.

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Excited tourism officials see the visit as an endorsement of the country’s tourism potential.

Uganda’s government has been criticized over its treatment of a local pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker, Bobi Wine, who alleges torture by security forces. The government denies it.

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‘Venom’ devours the box office competition In its second week in theaters

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Basically, Venom is a box-office juggernaut every bit as intimidating as its title character.

Although Venom earned relatively poor reviews, it still stayed ahead of critically praised musical drama A Star is Born for the second week in a row. The latter film found itself in second place among the weekend’s top ten movies again, but word-of-mouth buzz suggests that — like Venom — it isn’t slowing down any time soon, either.

# Title  Weekend    U.S. Total 
1. Venom $35.7M $142.8M
2. A Star is Born $28M $94.1M
3. First Man $16.5M $16.5M
4. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween  $16.2M $16.2M
5. Smallfoot $9.3M $57.6M
6. Night School $8M $59.8M
7. Bad Times at the El Royale  $7.2M $7.2M
8. The House With a Clock in its Walls  $3.9M $62.2M
9. The Hate U Give $1.7M $2.4M
10. A Simple Favor $1.3M $52M

Three new releases finished in the weekend’s top ten movies, with Damien Chazelle’s biopic of Neil Armstrong, First Man, sliding into third place with a $16.5 million premiere. The film earned good (but not great) reviews from critics, and got a warm (but not too warm) reception from general audiences, so it will be interesting to see how it performs when compared to his two previous, Oscar-nominated films: La La Land and Whiplash.

In fourth place at the weekend box office was family-friendly horror sequel Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, which was panned by professional critics and did just okay with audiences (to the tune of 41-percent positive reviews and a “B” grade, respectively). The first Goosebumps movie had a $23.6 million opening weekend, so the second installment appears to be experiencing some growing pains — but with Halloween approaching, it might get a late holiday bump.

Finally, ensemble film Bad Times at the El Royale debuted in seventh place with $7.2 million in US theaters.

Unfortunately, the opening weekend news wasn’t all that positive for Bad Times, which stars Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Jeff Bridges, and Nick Offerman, and is the second feature from The Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard. Despite decent, 70-percent positive reviews, the film earned a problematic “B-” grade from audiences, which suggests that the people buying tickets for the film didn’t exactly love it.

Coming up this week is the holiday-themed Halloween, which serves as both a sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 film of the same name, and a reboot of the long-running franchise. Also premiering this week is the directorial debut of Jonah Hill, whose coming-of-age drama Mid90s is earning significant praise already. Quirky ensemble comedy An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn also arrives in theaters.

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