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Chris Cornell’s daughter releases duet in tribute to late Soundgarden singer

The daughter of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell released a recording of a duet with her late father as a Father’s Day tribute, Rolling Stone reported.

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Toni Cornell, 13, released the duet of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” written by Prince and popularized by Sinead O’Connor in 1990, along with a note on YouTube and Instagram thanking her father.

"You gave me courage when I didn't have any. You believed in me when I didn't. I miss your love everyday," Toni Cornell wrote. "Recording this song with you was a special and amazing experience I wish I could repeat 100 times over and I know you would too."

Chris Cornell debuted an acoustic version of "Nothing Compares 2 U" in September 2015 and cut a studio album after Prince’s death in April 2016, Rolling Stone reported. 

Chris Cornell died May 18, 2017, in Detroit while on tour. He was 52. His death was ruled a suicide, Rolling Stone reported.

Toni Cornell sang a moving rendition of “Hallelujah” as a tribute to her father in August 2017.

TV host Jimmy Kimmel beat by Sen. Ted Cruz in charity game

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has triumphed over late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel in their much-hyped charity basketball game that Kimmel dubbed the Blobfish Basketball Classic.

With each basket worth a single point, Cruz topped Kimmel 11-9 in a two-hour one-on-one match they agreed to abbreviate Saturday at Texas Southern University after neither appeared capable of reaching 15 points and winning by two.

The Houston Chronicle described the matchup as "a slow-motion car-crash of half-court basketball." Speaking for both men, Kimmel said: "We apologize to the game of basketball."

The game was born of a joke from Kimmel, who'd said the Republican senator resembled the ocean bottom-dwelling blobfish. Cruz responded by challenging Kimmel to a basketball game.

Two Houston charities are the beneficiaries. Game highlight videos are planned for Kimmel's ABC program Monday night.

Landon Donovan's support for Mexico sparks pitched battle off the pitch

Landon Donovan’s support for Mexico at the World Cup has sparked a pitched battle between the most recognizable name in American soccer and his peers, ESPN reported Sunday.

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Donovan has been part of an advertising campaign for Wells Fargo to support Mexico, which opened its World Cup play in Russia with a stunning 1-0 victory against defending champion Germany on Sunday. Critics of the promotion have criticized Landon, calling his cheerleading inappropriate.

Donovan posted a photo on Twitter on Saturday holding a scarf that read “My other team is Mexico.”

Donovan played this spring for León, which is part of Mexico’s Primera Division. Still, some questioned Donovan’s motives.

“Watering it down for beer/banks won’t enrich the rivalry,” ESPN announcer Sebastian Salazar tweeted.

Carlos Bocanegra, the former captain of the U.S. national team, tweeted “Really?” 

Donovan tweeted back that Bocanegra should “remember where you came from.”

“Look around our country, are you happy with how we are treating Mexicans?” Donovan answered. “Open your mind, stand for something and remember where you came from.”

Donovan’s former teammate, Herculez Gomez, an ESPN analyst, criticized that exchange, ESPN reported, tweeting that it was “an incredibly terrible take.”

Seth MacFarlane criticizes Fox, network anchor Tucker Carlson

Comedian Seth MacFarlane tweeted that comments made by Fox News host Tucker Carlson made him “embarrassed” to work for the network, The Hill reported Sunday.

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MacFarlane’s science fiction comedy-drama series “The Orville,” is broadcast on Fox. He also created the long-running “Family Guy” animated show that is aired by the network. On Saturday, MacFarlane took issue with Carlson’s comments that urged viewers not to trust news reports from “big stations.”

“If you're looking to understand what's actually happening in this country, always assume the opposite of whatever they're telling you on the big news stations,” Carlson said in his Friday night telecast.

MacFarlane was responding to CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter, who called Carlson’s comments “sad” on Twitter.

“In other words, don’t think critically, don’t consult multiple news sources, and in general, don’t use your brain. Just blindly obey Fox News,” MacFarlane tweeted. “It’s business like this that makes me embarrassed to work for this company.”

'Incredibles 2' crushes animation record with $180 million

The combined powers of superheroes, the Pixar brand and a draught of family-friendly films helped "Incredibles 2" become the best animated opening of all time, the biggest PG-rated launch ever and the 8th highest film launch overall.

Disney estimated Sunday that the film earned $180 million in its first weekend in North American theaters — far surpassing industry analysts' loftiest expectations which had the film pegged for a $120 to $140 million debut.

The previous animation record-holder was another Pixar sequel, "Finding Dory," which had a $135 million launch in 2016. It was Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" that held the record for a PG debut with $174.8 million in 2017.

"You don't get to this level of opening without appealing to everyone whether you're a fan of animation, superheroes or just out to have a good time and want to see a good movie," said Cathleen Taff, the head of distribution for Walt Disney Studios. "We had a film that had something for all ages."

According to Disney, adults made up 31 percent of the audience, families accounted for 57 percent and teens 11 percent.

"Incredibles 2" comes 14 years after "The Incredibles," which at the time boasted one of the biggest animated openings ever, and picks up right where the first film left off with the superhero family. Brad Bird returned to write and direct the sequel, which has been overwhelmingly well-received by both critics and audiences.

"This is one of the biggest over-performances I've ever seen," said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. "To over-perform by $40 million means everyone underestimated the power of animation to draw huge audiences."

"Incredibles 2" is also the second biggest ever June debut, behind only "Jurassic World" ($208.8 million), which has its own sequel preparing to take a bite out of the box office when its opens in North America next weekend.

It knocked "Ocean's 8" to a distant second in its second weekend in theaters with $19.6 million. "Ocean's 8" still managed to outdo the non-"Incredibles" newcomers, like the R-rated comedy "Tag," also a Warner Bros. release, which opened in third place with $14.6 million.

"Solo: A Star Wars Story," fell to fourth place with $9.1 million and "Deadpool 2" rounded out the top five with an additional $8.8 million.

Sony's "Superfly" remake landed in seventh place in its first weekend with $6.3 million, and Vertical Entertainment's "Gotti," starring John Travolta, opened outside of the top 10. Playing in 503 locations, the long-delayed film which boasts a 0 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, took in $1.7 million.

After a slow early June, the box office overall is now running around 6 percent ahead of where it was last year and will likely continue that growth next weekend when "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" launches stateside.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1."Incredibles 2," $180 million ($51.5 million international).

2."Ocean's 8," $19.6 million ($19.3 million international).

3."Tag," $14.6 million ($1.4 million international).

4."Solo: A Star Wars Story," $9.1 million ($5.2 million international).

5."Deadpool 2," $8.8 million ($9.8 million international).

6."Hereditary," $7 million ($5.7 million international).

7."Superfly," $6.3 million.

8."Avengers: Infinity War," $5.3 million ($3.1 million international).

9."Adrift," $2.1 million ($453,000 international).

10."Book Club," $1.9 million ($730,000 international).

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Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:

1. "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," $173.6 million.

2. "Incredibles 2," $51.5 million.

3. "Ocean's 8," $19.3 million.

4. "A Strong Insect Crossing the River," $9.9 million.

5. "Deadpool 2," $9.8 million.

6. "The Accidental Detective 2," $6 million.

7. "Hereditary," $5.7 million.

8. "Solo: A Star Wars Story," $5.2 million.

9. "Race 3," $4.8 million.

10. "Avengers: Infinity War," $3.1 million.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

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Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ldbahr

Cornell's daughter pays tribute to late rocker with duet

Chris Cornell's daughter has released a recording of a duet with her late father as part of an emotional tribute to the late rocker on Father's Day.

Toni Cornell released the duet of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" on Sunday along with a note thanking her dad for his support of her.

"You gave me courage when I didn't have any. You believed in me when I didn't. I miss your love everyday," Toni Cornell, 13, wrote in posts that accompanied the song on Instagram and YouTube. "Recording this song with you was a special and amazing experience I wish I could repeat 100 times over and I know you would too."

Chris Cornell died in May 2017 while on tour and his death was ruled a suicide. He was a leader of the grunge movement with Seattle-based Soundgarden, and enjoyed a successful career with other bands and as a solo artist.

Toni Cornell performed "Hallelujah" with One Republic on ABC's "Good Morning America" in August as a tribute to her father and late rocker Chester Bennington, who also died by suicide in July 2017.

Ex-3 Doors Down bass player arrested, drugs, weapons found

One of the founding members of the rock band 3 Doors Down is back in jail after guns and drugs were seen in his Mississippi home.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell, in a news release, said 46-year-old Todd Harrell, the band's original bass player, was arrested Friday at his St. Martin home. It's unknown if he has an attorney.

Authorities say they were responding to an alarm and when they arrived, Harrell's wife told deputies they argued and it turned physical. While there, deputies saw guns and drugs in the home. The sheriff's department got a search warrant and Harrell was arrested.

He's now facing a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance and domestic violence simple assault.

Harrell previously served two years in prison for causing a deadly 2013 crash in Nashville.

Dishin’ The Dirt: Beyonce and Jay Z Release Joint Album “Everything Is Love”

It was a normal Saturday afternoon...Binge watching the netflix catalog...and at 5:30pm, Beyonce said, once again, “WORLD STOP.”

*DROPS NEW ALBUM*

Then she politely whispers, “carry on.”

Ok, maybe it didn’t go exactly like that, BUT everything else is!!! Their brand new album is called “Everything is Love” and it was announced after their London concert without any previous promo! Shook isn’t even the word for their lead single off their album called “ApeS***.” 

However, the sad news is that it’s ONLY available on Tidal (as of now)...So any of ya’ll got an account ya homie can borrow? At least we can watch their music video on Youtube for the free free:

Country singer Scotty McCreery marries longtime girlfriend

Country music star Scotty McGreery married his longtime girlfriend, Gabi Dugal, in the North Carolina mountains on Saturday, People reported.

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McCreery, who was the 2011 winner of “American Idol,” wed near Grandfather Mountain, WRAL reported.

Dugal is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and works as a pediatric nurse at Duke University Hospital, WRAL reported.

“We’ve been dating six years and have known each other our whole lives,” McCreery told People. “That kind of story doesn’t happen too often nowadays.

“I support her dreams and she supports mine.”

The couple met as kindergarten students in Garner, North Carolina, WRAL reported.

The couple, both 24, made Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” their first dance, People reported.

Chris Hardwick's AMC talk show on hiatus following sexual, emotional abuse allegations

AMC announced it won't air Chris Hardwick's talk show after an ex-girlfriend wrote a blog post that appeared to accuse the TV host – without naming him – of emotional and sexual abuse.

In a statement Saturday, the network added that the "Talking With Chris Hardwick" host will not moderate panels for AMC and BBC America at San Diego Comic-Con.

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"We have had a positive working relationship with Chris Hardwick for many years," the statement said. "We take the troubling allegations that surfaced yesterday very seriously. While we assess the situation, 'Talking With Chris Hardwick' will not air on AMC, and Chris has decided to step aside from moderating planned AMC and BBC America panels at Comic-Con International in San Diego next month."

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Hardwick also hosts "The Wall" on NBC, which issued a statement saying it was "continuing to assess the situation" and would "take appropriate action based on the outcome," USA Today reported.

The news came after Chloe Dykstra, an actress and model who used to date Hardwick, wrote a blog post for Medium accusing an ex-boyfriend of emotionally and sexually abusive behavior. Although she did not use the ex-boyfriend's name, descriptions of the man's career and age appeared to match Hardwick, The Associated Press reported.

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According to Deadline, Hardwick issued the following statement Friday:

"These are very serious allegations and not to be taken lightly which is why I’ve taken the day to consider how to respond," the statement read. "I was heartbroken to read Chloe’s post. Our three year relationship was not perfect – we were ultimately not a good match and argued – even shouted at each other – but I loved her, and did my best to uplift and support her as a partner and companion in any way and at no time did I sexually assault her."

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The statement continued: "When we were living together, I found out that Chloe had cheated on me, and I ended the relationship. For several weeks after we broke up, she asked to get back together with me and even told me she wanted to have kids with me, 'build a life' with me and told me that I was 'the one,' but I did not want to be with someone who was unfaithful. I’m devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur. l was blindsided by her post and always wanted the best for her. As a husband, a son, and future father, I do not condone any kind of mistreatment of women."

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The website Nerdist, which Hardwick founded but is now owned by Legendary Entertainment, posted Friday that the behavior Dykstra described "is contrary to everything we stand for and believe in."

Legendary added: "Chris Hardwick had no operational involvement with Nerdist for the two years preceding the expiration of his contract in December 2017. He no longer has any affiliation with Legendary Digital Networks. The company has removed all reference to Mr. Hardwick even as the original Founder of Nerdist pending further investigation."

WIN IMAX Tickets To See Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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Three years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing return to the island of Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that’s about to erupt. They soon encounter terrifying new breeds of gigantic dinos while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire planet.

Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong, and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles from previous films in the series, with Ted Levine, Rafe Spall, Toby Jones, Justice Smith, James Cromwell, and Geraldine Chaplin joining the cast.

This film is Rated PG-13.

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Jay-Z, Beyonce release surprise album 'Everything Is Love'

Jay-Z and Beyonce are keeping up a family tradition, dropping a surprise album before anyone knew it was coming.

The couple released a joint album that touches on the rapper's disgust at this year's Grammy Awards and features a shout out from their daughter Blue Ivy to her siblings.

The nine-track album "Everything Is Love" dropped Saturday on the Tidal music streaming service that Jay-Z partially owns.

The album features Beyonce rapping on songs more than she has done on previous releases.

One song that has a profanity in its title includes Jay-Z lashing out at the Grammys. He was the top nominee at February's awards show, but left empty-handed.

The rapper also says he turned down the NFL Super Bowl halftime show, rapping that the league needs him more than he needs them.

Blue Ivy ends the song "BOSS" with a shout-out to her 1-year-old brother and sister, Rumi and Sir.

In 2013, Beyonce released the self-titled album "Beyonce" without any notice.

Actor says husband's Tesla car shot flames in traffic

Actor Mary McCormack has shared video of her husband's Tesla car shooting flames while in Southern California traffic.

McCormack said in an accompanying tweet Friday that there was "no accident" and the incident was "out of the blue."

Sheriff's Lt. William Nash in West Hollywood said Saturday that deputies saw smoke coming from the electric vehicle and then fire.

Deputies requested help from firefighters who quickly extinguished the flames.

Tesla called the incident "an extraordinarily unusual occurrence" and said it is investigating.

Nash said the driver, who was not named in a log entry, was out of the car and there were no injuries. Nash said the log entry cited the possibility of a faulty battery.

Representatives for McCormack did not immediately return a message Saturday seeking comment. She is married to director Michael Morris.

AMC Networks: Hardwick's talk show on hold amid allegations

Chris Hardwick's cable talk show is on hold and he has withdrawn as moderator of AMC and BBC America's Comic-Con panels, AMC Networks said Saturday.

The company said it had a positive working relationship with the host and producer but takes seriously what it calls "troubling" allegations by his former girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra.

In an online post, she lodged claims of sexual assault and emotional abuse against a man whom she didn't identify. But she included details about his age and work history that led some to link her allegations to Hardwick, who acknowledged Dykstra was referring to him as he denied her claims.

"I was heartbroken to read Chloe's post," Hardwick said in a statement provided Saturday to The Associated Press. He said the couple's three-year relationship was imperfect and included arguments, but he loved her.

Hardwick said he "did my best to uplift and support her as a partner and companion in any way and at no time did I sexually assault her," adding that he was "devastated" and "blindsided" by her post accusing him of conduct that he said didn't occur.

"As a husband, a son, and future father, I do not condone any kind of mistreatment of women," he said.

AMC Networks said "Talking with Chris Hardwick" won't air on AMC while it assesses the situation and that Hardwick decided to step aside from next month's Comic-Con panels in San Diego.

Hardwick gained attention as host of AMC's "Talking Dead," a talk-show companion to its "The Walking Dead" drama series.

The initial public fallout to Dykstra's post Thursday involved Nerdist, which Hardwick founded as a podcast and then expanded into a digital network that was acquired by Legendary Entertainment. His name has been removed from the Nerdist website, which said the behavior claimed in the post by Dykstra is contrary to what it stands for.

In a statement, Legendary said references to Hardwick as Nerdist's founder were deleted pending further investigation.

It said Hardwick's contract expired in December 2017 and he no longer has any affiliation with Nerdist or Legendary's digital media division.

Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer lead New York's Mermaid Parade

Throngs of people dressed as mermaids, fish and other aquatic creatures packed New York's Coney Island on Saturday for a sun-soaked edition of the zany Mermaid Parade.

Crowds cheered as Neil Gaiman, the author of fantasy works such as "American Gods," and his wife Amanda Palmer, a musician with the Dresden Dolls duo, led the parade dressed as King Neptune and Queen Mermaid.

The couple and their 2-year-old son were wheeled along the beachfront route in a wicker chair, taking in the colorful scenery that included everyone from a princess mermaid to a pirate zombie.

"We absolutely love mermaids and mythology and everything and this is like the most fun," said parade-goer Carley Boltz. "We just get to go once a year and just dress up and have a blast."

Cindy Lopez's princess mermaid mashup was complete with a tail that she planned to take for a dip in the ocean. Sean Marz wore sequins, an algae crown and sea shells covering his skivvies.

"There's a lot of shimmering objects pasted to my body," he said.

The Mermaid Parade was founded in 1983 to bring mythology to life and give New Yorkers a chance to express themselves in public.

It draws hundreds of thousands of revelers to the beach each year.

'Jeopardy!' winner could get prison for sneaking into emails

A seven-time "Jeopardy!" winner who taught history at a small Michigan college faces up to five years in prison for sneaking into the email accounts of other professors, administrators and students.

Stephanie Jass, who taught at Adrian College in southern Michigan, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lenawee Circuit Court to a charge of unauthorized computer access. Her sentencing is scheduled for July 20.

Authorities said Jass logged into other people's email accounts without permission over a four-day period last year after the college reset everyone's passwords and assigned everyone the same temporary password. Another professor learned what Jass had done and told school officials.

State police wrote in a report that the professor told a detective that Jass had a document that listed "notes and comments and problems" of faculty members, according to the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

The 48-year-old Jass, of Tecumseh, was later fired.

"Privacy rights are a fundamental principle of our American democracy and Adrian College stands with those who protect these rights," the school said after Wednesday's plea.

Jass' seven-episode "Jeopardy!" winning streak in 2012 was a record at the time for a female contestant. It was later broken.

Defense attorney Raymond Correll said in court Wednesday that he intends to seek a delayed sentence which would push back Jass' sentencing to see how she follows bond conditions set by a judge, according to the Daily Telegram of Adrian.

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Information from: The Daily Telegram, http://www.lenconnect.com

From Missoni to Dolce&Gabbana, Milan men bask in street wear

Milan designers continue to cast their eyes toward Millennials with a focus on street wear — but without giving up tailored luxury and technical innovations.

Menswear collections for next spring and summer were being shown Saturday during the second day of Milan Fashion Week. The focus is increasingly on elements that can play up into office looks or down into casual street wear, using the same basic building blocks. The approach allows the designers to reach across generations, geographies and income levels.

"Street wear is a way of dressing," said Angela Missoni, creative director of the eponymous fashion house founded by her parents. That is to say: it is not delivered as a finished outfit, but a look that can be created from elements on the runways.

In Milan, that includes sporty oversized polos and T-shirts, thick-heeled sneakers and trekking sandals.

Here are some highlights from Saturday's previews, including Missoni, Dolce&Gabbana, Versace and Plein Sport.

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MISSONI TRIBAL TIRETRACK LOOKS

The Missoni man is finishing a trek from Europe to West Africa, Paris to Dakar. His looks range from soft-tailored suits in a cotton-wool blend to rugged hand-painted leather pants with a slightly degraded feel. They were paired with nylon windbreakers layered with a breathable, sporty nylon ripstop jacket that blocks the sand.

Menswear designer Mayur Ghadialy said the knitwear brand is increasingly including non-knitwear fabrics in collections, knowing that "too many layers of knitwear can get bulky."

Missoni's quintessential soft-tailoring came through in a double-breasted suit and pants made from a pure cotton knit-weave hybrid. It was layered with an elongated mesh T-shirt under a polo shirt.

Loose neck covers provided protection against the desert elements. On the rugged end, a jacquard sweater inspired by creative director Angela Missoni's personal collection of African rugs was paired with a hip pair of burnt-orange leather shorts.

The tribal feel came through in alternating geometric patterns or ethnic borders on light-weight tops that were oversized for a comfortable tunic vibe. Patterns on viscose shorts and tops and loose pajama tops were reminiscent of tire tracks in the sand.

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VERSANCE EMBRACES WIDE VISION OF MASCULINITY

Donatella Versace is looking to dress a man whose masculinity is challenged by neither lace, nor neon nor florals.

The Versace man is ready to work in a double-breasted pinstriped suit but leaves the shirt unbuttoned to show off a Versace T-shirt that reads like Tabloid newsprint. The headline: "Versace finally speaks out."

The flash soon followed, with shiny red snakeskin coats over mid-thigh shorts and Versace newsprint tops. Boxy jackets with flat pockets were worn with matching shorts, dressed up with a woman's cross-body bag.

Men wore sheer tops over legible T-shirts, lace detailing on military-style knitwear and floral print suits with buttons left open to show off necklaces and belly-button jewelry. Flashes of neon green and orange closed the show, in knit sleeveless tops that show off a man's hours at the gym. The bright footwear included the Versace Chain Reaction sneaker.

"The Versace man is the center of all the attention," Donatella Versace said in notes.

The menswear runway was punctuated by corresponding looks for women, including model Bella Hadid in a snug leather mini with form-accentuating ruffle accents and Kendall Jenner in a body-hugging floral mini with thigh-high boots.

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MISSONI LOOKS AHEAD

Creative director Angela Missoni was still beaming the day after announcing a 70 million euro ($81 million) investment by an Italian state-backed fund to help secure the future of the family-run brand founded by her parents 65 years ago.

"I feel very proud to have done this for my mother. I think I accomplished my mission," she said.

Missoni said plans include expanding menswear, now 10 percent of the brand's turnover, to its former equilibrium with womenswear and adding accessories like bags and footwear, now absent from the lineup.

The most important move the brand will make strategically is to expand its retail presence into China, which she said is forecast to be 50 percent of the global luxury market in the coming years.

The deal allows the family to retain control while ushering the third generation into management as they head for an eventual public listing. Missoni, who remains creative director and chairman, said that was probably five years away.

Her mother Rosita retains her position as honorary chairwoman, while one of her nephews, Giacomo Missoni, enters the board alongside her brother, Luca Missoni.

Angela Missoni said she was struck by the positive reaction to the news that the knitwear brand had reinforced its position with Italian investors.

"I understood in that moment that we are like the Colosseum. We are a piece of history. We are a point of national pride," she said.

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DOLCE&GABBANA CONTRASTS

It was bring on the bling at Dolce&Gabbana, where the designing duo explored the brand's DNA with turns by some of the brand's historic models — Naomi Campbell, Monica Bellucci and Marpessa Hennink — decked out in sleek men's suits.

Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana created menswear looks that ran the brand's gamut from suits for daytime that were still tightfitting and sexy to glammed-up versions in bright sequins. There was loud beach and resort wear that featured colorful bursts of prints or black-and-white logo plays, and geek looks in sandals with socks and a beanie.

Elegant all-white suits and outfits had golden brocade touches, recalling Baroque churches in the duo's beloved Sicily. And the northern Italy Milan DNA came through in a sleek muscle knit and black trousers or high-waist camouflaged trousers with bold printed shirts.

Accessories included bejeweled surgical masks, presumably for smoggy cities, and the new Dolce & Gabbana Super King sneaker featuring logos on the heel and a geometric sole.

To underscore the brand's broad reach, the designers filled the runway with Millennial influencers, real-world royals and aristocrats, singers and performers but also ordinary people: elderly women out for a stroll in bold primary prints, homosexual couples and a family with children.

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DOLCE&GABBANA UNDER THE HOOD

The designing duo kept up a recent tradition of nominally "secret" runway shows, this round showing off a range of branded briefs on well-toned models.

There was something for everyone, from classic white briefs to stretchy boxers to undergarments printed with Sicilian ceramic designs of blue and lemon yellow, for anyone who cares to match their underwear with dinner-ware.

Models carried an array of bags from leather weekenders to fanny packs to adventure bags to brief cases.

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PLEIN SPORT

Audacious German designer Philipp Plein marked his return to Milan after a year's absence with the announcement of a deal with the AS Monaco Football Club as the official fashion sponsor.

Details will be forthcoming. But Plein said his brands -- Philipp Plein, Plein Sport and Billionaire -- grew 25 percent last year and he forecast 15 percent to 20 percent growth this year.

Friend and supporter Paris Hilton did a saucy turn on the artificial turf tennis court runway in spikey, sparkly high heels a zip-front swimming suit with block-color parachute pants.

Plein Sport looks for the season focused on tennis wear, with cute pleated skirts, tennis shorts and V-striped polos accompanied by every manner of accessory, from sweatbands to rackets to visors.

Illustrated love letter by Little Prince author is auctioned

An illustration by Antoine de Saint-Exupery showing a likeness of his renowned little prince atop a globe, adorning an anguished love letter, has sold at auction for 240,500 euros ($289,460).

Auction house Artcurial said the offering topped the sale Saturday of 49 autographed works by Saint-Exupery.

The watercolor, done around 1942, shows the likeness of the beloved character the author created for the 1943 book "The Little Prince" sitting at a desk with a long scroll of writing tumbling down the globe — representing an 11-page letter to a woman.

Artcurial says it was likely that it was Saint-Exupery's last correspondence before his plane disappeared in 1944 on a mission in World War II.

"The Little Prince" is one of the most translated books in history, according to the Paris-based Saint-Exupery Foundation.

France's presidential palace to host electronic music show

The French presidency is going to host an unprecedented electronic music show in the elegant courtyard of the Elysee palace on the country's Music Day on Thursday.

The presidency said Saturday that the "free and festive event" will take place with five French DJs in front of the 18th-century building as part of a popular evening of street concerts.

Among performers are music artist Kavinsky and DJ Busy P, both seen as worldwide ambassadors of the genre known as French Touch.

Parisians and tourists wanting to attend the show must register on evenements.elysee.fr website as participants are limited to 1,500. Since its first edition in 1982, the festival has evolved into an evening of music with crowded outdoor concerts at cultural sites and on street corners across the country.

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