“Beauty and the Beast” and “Stranger Things” win top honors at MTV Movie & TV Awards

MTV – 2017 (LOS ANGELES) — The 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards aired live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on Sunday.

Hosted by Workaholics star Adam Devine, the re-branded show, which now includes TV programming, named Beauty and the Beast and Strangers Things its top movie and TV series, respectively.

Emma Watson also took home Best Actor in a Movie honors – the first acting award ever that celebrated performance free of any gender distinctions. Said Watson during her acceptance speech, “The villages in our fairytale wanted to make Belle believe that the world was smaller than she saw it, with few opportunities for her…I loved playing someone who didn’t listen to any of that.”

On the TV side, Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown held back tears as she accepted the first-ever MTV trophy for Best Actor in a Show.

The highest honor at the MTV Movie Awards — The Generation Award — was given to the Fast and Furious franchise. Producer and star Vin Deisel, accepted the award, with co-stars Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Michelle Rodriguez by his side.

The broadcast also included an exclusive clip from Spider-Man: Homecoming, as well as a glimpse at the upcoming movies It and Transformers: The Last Knight.

Aside from handing out movie popcorn trophies, the event featured performances from Big Sean, as well as Camila Cabello, who teamed up with J. Balvin and Pitbull for the first televised performance of “Hey Ma” from the The Fate of the Furious soundtrack.

Presenters also took to the stage, including Goldie Hawn, Amy Schumer, Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron, Gal Gadot and Allison Williams.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Generation AwardFast & Furious
Movie of the YearBeauty and the Beast
Show of the YearStranger Things
Best Kiss: Ashton Sanders & Jharrel Jerome, Moonlight
Best Villain: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, The Walking Dead
Best Host: Trevor Noah, The Daily Show
Best Documentary13th
Best Reality CompetitionRuPaul’s Drag Race
Best Actor in a Movie: Emma Watson, Beauty and the Beast
Best Actor in a Show: Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Best Comedic Performance: Lil Rel Howery, Get Out
Best Hero: Taraji P. Henson, Hidden Figures
TearjerkerThis Is Us/”Jack and Randall at Karate”
Next Generation: Daniel Kaluuya
Best Duo: Hugh Jackman & Dafne Keen, Logan
Best American Storyblack-ish
Best Fight Against the SystemHidden Figures
Trending: “Run the World (Girls)” feat. Channing Tatum as Beyoncé, Lip Sync Battle
Best Musical Moment: “You’re the One That I Want”, ensemble, Grease: Live

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You're welcome: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” has $145 million debut

Marvel Studios – 2017(LOS ANGELES) — No surprise here: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 dominated the weekend box office, raking in an estimated $145 million in the States and upwards of $425 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo

The film, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista, as well as the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, topped the original Guardians of the Galaxy‘s opening weekend by 50 percent — the biggest jump for a second Marvel film and second among all Marvel sequels. Only Captain America: Civil War‘s increase over Winter Soldier was better.

The Fate of the Furious dropped to second place with an estimated $8.5 million, and $950 million globally. The Boss Baby finished in third place, earning $6.2 million. Its worldwide total climbed to $435 million.

How to Be a Latin Lover took fourth place with an estimated $5.25 million haul, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast rounded out the top five with $4.9 million, bringing its total stateside to more than $487 million and $1.186 billion worldwide.

Marvel, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, $145 million  
2. The Fate of the Furious, $8.5 million  
3. The Boss Baby, $6.2 million 
4. How to Be a Latin Lover,  $5.2 million
5. Beauty and the Beast, $4.9 million
6. The Circle 7, $4 million 
7. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, $3.2 million
8. Gifted, $2.1 million

9 Going in Style, $1.9 million
10. Smurfs: The Lost Village $1.8 million

 

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Mobile Food Pantry Makes Return to Humboldt

Humboldt, Iowa – The Mobile Food Pantry will be making another return trip to Humboldt this week.

The food pantry will be at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds Wednesday.

Food will be begun to hand out beginning at 4:00pm, the event is slated to end at 6:30.

Bruce Reimers, who serves on the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors said they will not know what food will be able to be had until the truck arrives.

Reimers said in order to check for eligibility, people in question should contact the Upper Des Moines Opportunity offices of Humboldt at 515-332-3631.

They can also stop in, in person, to the UDMO office which is located on the 3rd floor of the Humboldt County Courthouse.

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County Social Services Office to be Closed May 18th

Humboldt, Iowa – It was announced Monday that Humboldt County’s Social Services offices will be closed on May 18th.

The group will be taking on an all-staff meeting that day in Waterloo, Iowa.

The intent of the meeting will be to gather input from the staff as an entirety to work on the mission, as well as to see how the group can become more active in the community.

Kathy Erickson, who spoke on behalf of the organization also indicated that the group discuss strong and weak points as well as other opportunity.

Erickson explained that the office will have signs in the window the day off notifying that they are closed, they will also change the answering machine message.

 

Twice Is Nice; Boys and Girls Crowned NCC Track Champions

By: Nathan Bloechl

Humboldt, Iowa – The victory bell rang, student-athletes shouted, and the red and white lights from the fire engine driven by Humboldt Fire Chief Jim Gronbach lit up the Wildcat parking lot, last Thursday evening.

It was all in a night’s work – nearly customary now for Humboldt High School – as the school collected their third and fourth North Central Conference titles this school year joining girls and boys cross country.

Thursday night, however, might have been just a tad sweeter.

The accomplishments were in rarefied air, as both the boys and girls teams have never each won individual track championships in the same year.

It was the first title for the girls since 1989.

The boys defended their championship reign from last year.

“It’s a little bit surreal, at this point” Girls Head Track Coach Dean Clasen explained.

Clasen took over as head coach in 1990, so the feat has been 27 years in the waiting for him, as well.

“We’ve been trying so hard, for so many years and we’ve come so close, and when we looked at times coming into [Thursday] we knew it would be difficult.”

“But, I can’t say enough about how the girls competed” said Clasen.

The Wildcats got a heroic effort from sprinter Beth Duffield.

The senior, who was a perfect 63-for-63 in stolen bags last softball season, is known for her penchant for speed, so it should come to no suprise Duffield upset the field last Thursday.

Duffield was crowned as a 4-time NCC Champion winning in staggering fashion in the 100m, 200m and 400m as well as playing a key role on the first place 4×400 team.

Duffield was not a top-seeded time in any one of  her individual events.

Humboldt Freshman Bryce Gidel was up to her usual tricks in the long-distance game, picking up individual NCC titles in the 1500m as well as the 3000m.

“You go down the line, and we have a whole bunch of girls, and you don’t want to forget anybody, but we had a lot of people step for us Thursday who ran very, very well” Clasen mentioned.

The road for the boys may not have been easy, but the road less traveled was blazed as the Cats snuck out a one-point team win, which came down, literally, to the final race.

Down one heading into the 4×400, the team of Drew Thomas, Jamison Heinz, Matt Miller and Denny Pederson scratched tooth, nail and otherwise to a dramatic victory, giving Humboldt a 152-151 final lead in the team scores, to secure their 2nd NCC title in as many years.

Humboldt’s Ryan Courtney captured a first-place finish in the 3200m run, while the shuttle hurdle relay team of Trevor Satern, Eli Sande, Tyler Vitzhum and Colton Monson placed first as well.

In field events, Jamison Heinz took home his own hardware by out-leaping Webster City foe Payton Kannuan in the long jump, but as Cats head coach Greg Wickett said, it was a total team win.

With less than a week to go, the focus now switches for both teams to state qualifying in Spirit Lake.

“We’ve got an opportunity to get some things through to the state meet” Dean Clasen explained, “but, we’ve got a very tough state qualifying meet, we’re going to need these types of performances.”

However, Clasen let emotions takeover, if only in a fleeting moment.

“We’re going to enjoy this” Clasen said tongue-in-cheek, “this is something that won’t ever be taken away from us.”

State qualifying will be in Spirit Lake, Thursday afternoon beginning at 4:00pm with field events.

97.7 The Bolt will have live coverage beginning at 4:00pm.

UFC fighter Conor McGregor welcomes son

Larry Strumwasser/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — UFC fighter Conor McGregor and girlfriend Dee Delvin welcomed their first son Friday in Ireland, ESPN reports.

McGregor announced the birth of his son, Conor Jack McGregor, on social media.

“Dee and Junior are doing great everyone!” McGregor wrote. “Thank you for all the kind words, I am one proud and blessed Daddy.”

 

Dee and Junior are doing great everyone! Thank you for all the kind words, I am one proud and blessed Daddy ❤️ pic.twitter.com/3JqMpLvs9d

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 7, 2017

McGregor announced he was taking a break from UFC fighting back in November after winning the lightweight title. McGregor cited his the pending birth as the reason for his hiatus, according to ESPN.

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New York Mets suspend Matt Harvey for violation of team rules

Allen Kee/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Mets have suspended Matt Harvey after he violated team rules, ESPN reports.

While the team did not disclose what rules were broken, general manger Sandy Alderson did say that the right-hander was sent home.

Harvey was suspended 3 days without pay.

Left-hander Adam Wilk will replace Harvey in Sunday’s game against the Miami Marlins, according to ESPN.

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/6/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
N-Y Yankees  11  Chi Cubs   6

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Boston       11  Minnesota       1
Tampa Bay     6  Toronto         1
Cleveland     3  Kansas City     1
Baltimore     6  Chi White Sox   5
Oakland       6  Detroit         5
L.A. Angels   2  Houston         1
Seattle       8  Texas           2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh     2  Milwaukee       1, 10 Innings
Washington     6  Philadelphia    2
St. Louis      5  Atlanta         3
N-Y Mets      11  Miami           3
Cincinnati    14  San Francisco   2
Colorado       9  Arizona         1
L.A. Dodgers  10  San Diego       2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Golden State  102  Utah   91

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
OT  Ottawa       5  N-Y Rangers   4
Washington   4  Pittsburgh    2

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
L.A. Sparks   73  San Antonio   59
Dallas        80  Indiana       75

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France chooses centrist Macron over Le Pen as next president: exit polls

Vincent Isore/IP3/Getty Images(PARIS) — Emmanuel Macron, a centrist former economy minister who emerged from a crowded field of seasoned politicians, has won the French presidential election, a race widely viewed as a referendum on the country’s membership in the European Union.

After polling agencies initially projected Macron to receive 65 percent of the vote to far-right candidate Marine Le Pen’s 35 percent, Le Pen conceded the race and French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve formally declared Macron the winner as a mass of his supporters celebrated in Paris outside the Louvre.

Macron, 39, was running in his first bid for elected office against Le Pen of the National Front, a political party founded by her father Jean-Marie Le Pen.

“A new page in our long history is opening,” Macron said in French in his victory speech. “I want that page to be one of hope and renewed trust… From the very first day of my presidency, democracy will be the foundation of my activity and I will not let any obstacle come in my way.”

Le Pen campaigned on a nationalist platform and has voiced skepticism about the European Union.

The upstart Macron, who resigned from his ministry position to start his own independent political party, En Marche, just over a year ago, was widely viewed as a longshot candidate when he announced his bid for the presidency. He and Le Pen advanced to a runoff election after finishing first and second in an initial vote two weeks ago.

Macron is expected to be sworn in within days, succeeding current French President Francois Hollande. Hollande called Macron to congratulate him after polls closed on Sunday and wrote on Twitter in French that he expressed his “best wishes for success.”

The president-elect’s initial challenge will be to reconcile with the widespread nationalistic fervor that buoyed his opponent.

Le Pen, in her second run for the presidency following a failed bid in 2012, took steps to moderate the hard-line right-wing positions upon which her father founded the National Front.

Despite Macron’s projected wide electoral margin, turnout at the polls was far below normal and a large number of ballots were cast in which no candidate was selected, which may be further evidence of the political divisions in the country. The 35 percent received by Le Pen would be the strongest showing for a National Front candidate in a presidential election by a wide margin.

“I know the divisions of our nation that led some to extreme votes. I respect these,” Macron said. “I know the anger, the anxiety, the doubts that a large part of you have also expressed. It is my responsibility to hear these.”

Le Pen’s candidacy was the latest in a wave of competitive elections for nationalists in Europe, jump-started by Great Britain’s vote last summer to exit the European Union. In March, the Dutch Party for Freedom led by Geert Wilders — an ally of Le Pen who pledged to “de-Islamise” the Netherlands — finished second in that country’s general election.

Le Pen’s positions on national security and the admittance of refugees drew parallels to U.S. President Donald Trump. Trump did not formally endorse a candidate in the French election but did call Le Pen, “strongest on borders.”

Trump had kind words for Macron on Twitter after the result was announced Sunday, writing, “Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France. I look very much forward to working with him!”

 

Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France. I look very much forward to working with him!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2017

 

An additional statement from White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the administration looked forward to “continuing [its] close cooperation with the French government.”

A spokesperson for German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the result a “victory for a strong and united Europe.” Le Pen frequently attacked Macron for close ties to the German leader, saying at a debate last week that, if elected, Macron would be beholden to her.

Macron is expected to continue many of the policies championed by Hollande, particularly with regard to foreign relations. The former investment banker is an advocate of free market economics and his ardent support of the European Union was a tenet of his campaign.

In the last week, Macron received an endorsement from former U.S. President Barack Obama, whose influence on the French politician was apparent in a campaign built on an outlook of hope — the same message that vaulted Obama to the White House in 2008.

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European leaders express relief following Macron victory

iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) — Facing the prospect of a French president who promised to hold a referendum on the country’s exit from the European Union, leaders across the continent breathed a sigh of relief following Emmanuel Macron’s victory Sunday over nationalist Marine Le Pen.

Macron, a centrist and ardent supporter of the EU, won the French presidential election by a wide margin, but support for Le Pen — the most ever for a candidate from the populist National Front party — represents a growing anti-European Union sentiment across the continent, one which notably led to last year’s “Brexit” of Great Britain from the alliance.

After Macron’s victory was confirmed, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy described the election as a defining moment for the EU.

“France — a friend, neighbor and strategic partner of Spain — will actively contribute to the advancement and reinforcement of the European Union in a key moment of its history,” wrote Rajoy in a congratulatory message to Macron.

A spokesperson for German Chancellor Angela Merkel — who was the president-elect’s first phone call Sunday night — said that “the decision of the French voters is a clear statement of support for Europe.”

The German leader “praised [Macron’s] stance for a united and open European Union during the campaign” and “[looks] forward to working together with the new president on the basis of trust in the spirit of the traditional German-French friendship.”

Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned, however, that Macron must take action to boost the French economy to prevent Le Pen from building on her party’s progress, saying Macron “must succeed, if he fails, in five years Mrs. Le Pen will be president and the European project will go to the dogs.”

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