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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Selena Gomez Weeps as ‘Emilia Pérez’ Earns Biggest Cannes Standing Ovation So Far at 9 Minutes

“Emilia Pérez,” a Spanish-language musical drama starring Zoe Saldaña, Selena Gomez and Karla Sofía Gascón, has earned the biggest standing ovation of this year’s Cannes Film Festival so far. 

Gomez wiped away tears as the Palais clapped for a full nine minutes, accompanied by plenty of hooting, whistling and cheering. During the standing ovation, director Jacques Audiard waved his hat at the balcony as stars Saldaña and Édgar Ramírez shared an emotional hug. There was huge applause for Gascón, who stars in the film as a drug cartel leader who seeks gender-affirming surgery.

In the film, from Palme d’Or winner Audiard, Saldaña stars as Rita, an “overqualified and undervalued” lawyer, whose firm is more inclined to help criminals than seek justice. She finds an unexpected way out when a feared drug cartel leader Manitas (Gascón) recruits her to aid him in surreptitiously completing a sex change operation to become the woman he’s always wanted to be. Gomez plays his unsuspecting wife. In an exclusive interview with Variety, Audiard described the movie as an “opera libretto in four acts,” as the actors break out into original songs to advance the plot.

Drake and Nicki Minaj Lead 2024 BET Nominations List

For a second consecutive year, Drake leads the nominations list for the upcoming BET Awards on June 30. His longtime colleague, and fellow rapper, Nicki Minaj follows with six nominations. GloRilla, Latto, Muni Long, Sexyy Red, Shaboozey and Victoria Monét are set to deliver live performances for the show.

The pair overlap in the biggest categories of the evening, including album of the year, video of the year and best collaboration. Drake and Minaj are also up for best male and female hip hop artist, respectively. Winners for the BET Awards will be revealed during a live ceremony in Los Angeles. This year’s theme is “Standing on Culture.”

Shaboozey, one of the many Black country stars featured on Beyoncé’s “Cowboy Carter,” is currently enjoying the first Top 10 single of his career with the success of his own “A Bar Song (Tipsy).” Meanwhile, Monét has been riding high off a big Grammys moment thanks to the success of “Jaguar II,” which won a Grammy in February for best R&B album. The latter is up for album of the year, along with Chris Brown’s “11:11,” Gunna’s “A Gift & A Curse,” 21 Savage’s “American Dream,” Usher’s “Coming Home,” Drake’s “For All the Dogs (Scary Hours Edition)” and Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday 2.”

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Other notable nominees include J. Cole, Sexyy Red, SZA, and Monét, who have five nominations each. 21 Savage, Beyoncé, Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Tyla and Usher are tied with four nominations each.

Nominations were selected by the BET Voting Academy, aka a group of entertainment professionals and influencers in the fields of music, media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, and creative arts.

Connie Orlando, executive vice president of music programming and music strategy, will oversee and executive produce the annual show, with Jamal Noisette, senior VP of tentpoles and music community engagement. Jesse Collins Entertainment is the production company for the show, with Jesse Collins, Dionne Harm and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay also serving as executive producers.

See the complete list of nominees below.

Ally Hutchins Delivers Again as Kentucky Walks Off Michigan

STILLWATER, Okla. | With the bases loaded and two outs, freshman Ally Hutchins stepped into the box with a 2-2 count and delivered a walk-off single into shallow right field to score Erin Coffel from third as the Kentucky Softball team beat Michigan 4-3 in the opening game of the 2024 NCAA Stillwater Regional. The win is Kentucky’s 11th-straight NCAA Regional Opening Round win.

In a see-saw game that saw three lead changes and three ties, the Wildcats came through in the clutch, scoring once in the final frame to walk things off and book its ticket into the winner’s bracket of the regional. With the score knotted at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Rylea Smith and Erin Coffel singled with one out to put two on with an out. After a tremendous play to get the lead out at third, Grace Lorsung was then intentionally walked to load the bases for Ally Hutchins with two outs. Hutchins then delivered a 2-2 pitch just over the head of the second baseman and in front of the right fielder to score Coffel from third to walk it off.

With the win, Kentucky advances into the winner’s bracket of the regional and will play the winner of Oklahoma State and Northern Colorado at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon. The television assignments will be announced later Friday night with the game being streamed live on ESPN+ at a minimum.

Stephanie Schoonover went the distance in the circle to pick up her career-high 19th win of the season to move to 19-8. Schoonover went 7.0 innings, allowing just three runs on six hits with five walks and four strikeouts. The Vicksburg, Mississippi native threw 162 pitches with 94 for strikes. Michigan’s Lauren Derkowski also pitched a complete game, allowing four earned runs on seven hits with four walks and eight strikeouts.

Kentucky’s offense came from all parts of the order, with Grace Lorsung hitting a home run, and RBI hits from the middle with Vanessa Nesby and Peyton Plotts, as well.

2024 PGA Championship: Starting Times for Round 3

These are the starting times for the third round of the PGA Championshp at Valhalla:

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11:28 AM

  • Cameron Smith Brisbane, Australia
  • Max Homa Valencia, CA
  • Jordan Spieth Dallas, TX

11:39 AM

  • Maverick McNealy Las Vegas, NV
  • Byeong Hun An Republic of Korea
  • Alexander Björk Sweden

11:50 AM

  • Min Woo Lee Perth, Australia
  • Billy Horschel Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
  • Patrick Cantlay Jupiter, FL

James Thomas, Owner JWT Communications

James Thomas, Owner JWT Communications
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The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Founded in 1962, The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children. For 54 years, we’ve been providing access to affordable education for the children of Marine and Navy Corpsman attending post-high school, under-graduate and career technical education programs. In that time, we have provided more than 37,000 scholarships worth nearly $110 million.