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2018 MTV VMAs: Red carpet arrivals

Celebrities arrive at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Aug. 20.

The Latest: Immigrant kids join MTV VMA protest performance

The Latest on the MTV Video Music Awards (all times local):

10 p.m.

With a human wall, the immigration debate took center stage at the MTV Video Music Awards in a performance criticizing the Trump administration's policy of separating families at the border.

Wearing white T-shirts reading "We Are All Human Beings," more than two dozen immigrant children and their parents joined Logic and Ryan Tedder on stage Monday night.

The children, including some younger kids who appeared intimidated by the crowd, stood in a line, some swaying and clapping to Logic's new song, "One Day." He debuted it Friday with a new music video based on true stories of separations at the U.S.-Mexico border.

On stage, their parents came out from behind, simulating reunions. The protesters hoisted faux candles in the air as the song concluded.

Trump dropped the policy more than a month ago after a political firestorm, but of more than 2,500 children who were initially separated from parents and guardians, hundreds remain in federal custody including more than 400 whose parents left the U.S. without them.

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9:15 p.m.

Cardi B, the night's leading nominee, new mama and super-hot rapper, opened the MTV Video Music Awards swaddling a precious bundle.

The rapper, who gave birth to daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus just weeks ago, told the crowd Monday night she had a surprise in her arms and pulled back the blanket to reveal a Moon Man trophy.

The rapper had already won an award before the show began, song of the summer for her song "I Like It," with Bad Bunny and J Balvin, and was the leading nominee of the night, up for 10 awards.

She declared as she stood on the stage: "I am the empress. The liberals voted for me," before introducing the show's first performer, Shawn Mendes.

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8:50 p.m.

Cardi B walked into the MTV VMAs as the night's top nominee and already a winner.

MTV announced on the carpet Monday night about 30 minutes before the awards show that the rapper was the winner of the song of the summer award for "I Like It," with Bad Bunny and J Balvin.

Cardi B wasn't there to accept the award because she was opening the show where she's nominated for 10 awards, including video of the year for "Finesse" with Bruno Mars.

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8:40 p.m.

Stormy Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, found himself in the thick of the youthful crowd arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards talking politics. More specifically, talking elections.

He told The Associated Press on the pink carpet Monday night that young people will play a "big role" in the 2020 elections. But what about this year's races? Avenatti's on it. He's traveling around the country trying to raise money for democrats. His goal is to hit up 20 states. He's been to four or five so far.

Avenatti has been on a media blitz since taking on the adult film star Daniels as his client in a legal case against President Donald Trump and his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Avenatti was vague about whether he'll run for president in 2020. He said whoever runs "better be in store for a cage match."

And the latest with Daniels? Avenatti says "She's doing great. She's in it for the long haul."

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8 p.m.

Cardi B slayed on the pink carpet in a low-cut body-hugger of a dress by Nicolas Jebran as performers, presenters and nominees arrived for the MTV Video Music Awards.

The draped velvet-fuchsia number worn by the "Bodak Yellow" rapper had a high slit to go with its down-to-there neck. It had one long sleeve and draped detailing at the shoulder on the other side.

Cardi B will open Monday's show and is the night's top nominee just weeks after giving birth to daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus.

She's up for video of the year with "Finesse," her collaboration with Bruno Mars.

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11 a.m.

Cardi B will make her first public appearance as a mom at the MTV Video Music Awards, and it might be worth it: She could be the night's big winner.

The rapper is the top contender with 10 nominations. She will open Monday's show, which kicks off at 9 p.m. EDT from Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Cardi B and Bruno Mars are up for video of the year with "Finesse." Other nominees for the top prize include Drake, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, Camila Cabello and Ariana Grande.

Most of the top nominees, including Drake, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Mars and Gambino, won't attend the VMAs.

Performers include Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Shawn Mendes and Grande. Jennifer Lopez will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

MTV also plans on honoring Aretha Franklin, who died last week.

Box office Top 20: 'Crazy Rich Asians' gets even richer

Propelled by an extra strong Sunday, the opening weekend grosses for "Crazy Rich Asians" were even higher than expected. The Warner Bros. romantic comedy earned $26.5 million in its first weekend in theaters, and $35.3 million since it hit theaters Wednesday.

Second place went to Warner Bros.' shark thriller "The Meg," now in its second weekend. The Jason Statham pic chomped up an additional $21.2 million, bringing its domestic total to $83.8 million.

Mark Wahlberg's R-rated actioner "Mile 22" opened in third place with $13.7 million, while "Mission: Impossible — Fallout" took fourth with $10.8 million.

Rounding out the top five was another new offering, "Alpha," about a young man and his dog in the ice age. "Alpha" grossed $10.4 million over the weekend.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:

1. "Crazy Rich Asians," Warner Bros., $26,510,140, 3,384 locations, $7,834 average, $35,276,909, 1 Week.

2. "The Meg," Warner Bros., $21,151,012, 4,118 locations, $5,136 average, $83,760,074, 2 Weeks.

3. "Mile 22," STX Entertainment, $13,710,825, 3,520 locations, $3,895 average, $13,710,825, 1 Week.

4. "Mission: Impossible - Fallout," Paramount, $10,773,347, 3,482 locations, $3,094 average, $181,012,068, 4 Weeks.

5. "Alpha," Sony, $10,352,512, 2,719 locations, $3,807 average, $10,352,512, 1 Week.

6. "Disney's Christopher Robin," Disney, $8,861,530, 3,602 locations, $2,460 average, $66,878,940, 3 Weeks.

7. "BlacKkKlansman," Focus Features, $7,383,195, 1,788 locations, $4,129 average, $23,392,685, 2 Weeks.

8. "Slender Man," Sony, $4,801,712, 2,358 locations, $2,036 average, $20,578,291, 2 Weeks.

9. "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation," Sony, $3,768,479, 2,187 locations, $1,723 average, $153,962,179, 6 Weeks.

10. "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again," Universal, $3,405,405, 2,270 locations, $1,500 average, $111,222,895, 5 Weeks.

11. "The Equalizer 2," Sony, $2,863,549, 1,888 locations, $1,517 average, $94,782,433, 5 Weeks.

12. "Ant-Man And The Wasp," Disney, $2,646,856, 1,520 locations, $1,741 average, $208,392,506, 7 Weeks.

13. "The Spy Who Dumped Me," Lionsgate, $2,617,298, 2,409 locations, $1,086 average, $29,998,313, 3 Weeks.

14. "Incredibles 2," Disney, $2,302,020, 1,238 locations, $1,859 average, $594,100,868, 10 Weeks.

15. "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," Universal, $1,157,380, 814 locations, $1,422 average, $411,754,745, 9 Weeks.

16. "Dog Days," Mirror/LD Entertainment, $868,664, 2,387 locations, $364 average, $5,929,487, 2 Weeks.

17. "Geetha Govindam," Independent Indian, $821,990, 160 locations, $5,137 average, $1,564,311, 1 Week.

18. "Teen Titans Go! To The Movies," Warner Bros., $750,127, 590 locations, $1,271 average, $27,301,479, 4 Weeks.

19. "Eighth Grade," A24, $735,240, 542 locations, $1,357 average, $11,638,783, 6 Weeks.

20. "Three Identical Strangers," Neon Rated, $502,144, 276 locations, $1,819 average, $10,567,548, 8 Weeks.

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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.

Bode Miller’s wife shares photo of last time she held her dying daughter

 

Top U.S. ski champion Bode Miller and his wife, Morgan, lost their youngest child, Emeline “Emmy” Grier Miller, in a pool drowning accident in early June.

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The grief-stricken couple publicly talked about their loss in late July and now Morgan Miller has shared a heartbreaking photo of the last time she held her 19-month-old daughter.

Miller is weeping in the photo as she cradles Emmy, who is hooked up to machines with tubes and wires.

“I wish I could have one more day to hold you,” Miller wrote. “Your footprint will forever be left on this world,” she said.

Emergency crews were called to a neighbor’s home in the upscale gated community of Coto de Caza in Orange County, California, on June 9 on reports of a pool drowning.

Morgan Miller had been visiting the neighbor when the drowning occurred.

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Paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive the little girl, but she died in the hospital the next day.

Emmy was the youngest of the Millers’ four children.

Miller said she was releasing the photo to bring awareness to the issue of child drowning, CNN reported

After birth defects, drowning is the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Funeral home: Motown Funk Brother fret man Eddie Willis dies

A funeral home director says Eddie Willis, a key session guitarist for Motown Records, has died at his Mississippi home.

Clark-Williams Funeral Home Director Clinton Williams said Willis died Monday in Gore Springs. He was 82.

Willis' daughter, Terez Willis, told the Detroit Free Press he had been suffering from complications from polio, which he contracted as a child. His ailments prompted a benefit record to be released last year from a 2013 performance featuring the guitarist and other Motown alums.

Willis joined the Funk Brothers, Motown's house band, at the time of the label's 1959 founding in Detroit. The mostly behind-the-scenes studio group received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2013, a ceremony Willis attended.

Willis played on scores of hits, including the Temptations' "The Way You Do The Things You Do" and Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour."

Asia Argento, #MeToo activist, settled sex assault claim against her, report says

A prominent #MeToo activist and Harvey Weinstein accuser recently agreed to pay $380,000 to settle a sexual assault complaint against her, according to a new report.

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The New York Times reported Sunday that actress Asia Argento, who said last year that Weinstein raped her in 1997, settled a claim by former child star Jimmy Bennett, now 22.

In a notice of intent to sue that Bennett filed shortly after Argento, 42, went public with her Weinstein allegations in October, Bennett claimed Argento sexually assaulted him in 2013, when he was 17, the Times reported. The alleged incident occurred in a hotel room in California, where the age of consent is 18.

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Weinstein's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said in a statement released Monday to CNN that the reported settlement shows "a stunning level of hypocrisy by Asia Argento."

"What is perhaps most egregious is the timing,” Brafman said. According to the Times, Bennett’s notice of intent to sue was sent to Argento in November, one month after she went public with her allegations against Weinstein.

"An unidentified party" sent the Times documents related to the case, including a selfie of Bennett and Argento in bed, the newspaper reported, adding that "three people familiar with the case" had confirmed the documents' authenticity.

The complaint said Bennett was traumatized by the incident, which "hindered [his] work and income and threatened his mental health," the Times reported. Bennett, who starred in a 2004 movie with Argento and played her character's son, had viewed their bond as a "mother-son relationship," the complaint said.

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The Times also reported that celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who met Argento in 2016 and began dating her, helped her "navigate the matter." Bourdain committed suicide in June.

Bennett declined to comment on the Times' piece, and Argento did not return requests for comment, the newspaper reported.

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Thomas Rhett Says Willa Gray Never Felt “Adopted”

Fate is funny sometimes. It comes at you in a different way… whether a significant other, a friend, a job, whatever it is if it’s meant to be, it will happen. That’s what happened with Thomas Rhett, his wife Lauren, and their now adopted daughter Willa Gray. Thomas Rhett told People that he and his wife Lauren have never thought of Willa as their “adopted” child. “Even though Willa Gray comes from [a] whole different part of the world, she’s ours and it feels like she never wasn’t,” he notes. Willa, who is now 2-years old, was adopted from Masindi, Uganda–but he says she had no problem adjusting to life in Nashville. “It doesn’t get any countrier than being in Masindi,” he tells  People. “Everywhere you look is corn or beans, or chicken farms, or cows.” He continues. “In Uganda, family and religion are super important and music is gigantic. If I just pick up a guitar, Willa starts dancing. It’s in her blood.”

David Cross show on at Utah college after 'offensive' tweet

The University of Utah says a tweet from comedian David Cross showing him wearing undergarments sacred to the Mormon faith was "deeply offensive" but the college won't consider calls for the cancellation of his performance on campus Wednesday.

College president Ruth Watkins criticized the tweet in a statement issued Sunday but said it free speech protected by the First Amendment and that the university "cannot and will not censor content of those coming to campus."

The actor and comic known for his character on TV's "Arrested Development" series responded to the criticism by tweeting "Holy 'moly!' My opening 10 minutes are going to be on fire!!!" His representative, Michael O'Brien, did not immediately return an email message Monday seeking comment.

Members of the faith wear white, two-piece cotton undergarments daily considered similar to holy vestments in other faiths, like a Catholic nun's habit or a Muslim skullcap.

In the photo, Cross is seen wearing the clothing that resembles a T-shirt and shorts outside of a clothing-store dressing room, with a tagline that reads "Utah! Learn the real truth!"

The university is a public college in Salt Lake City, where the faith is based. About two-thirds of Utah's population belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and many University of Utah students are also Mormon. But it's often seen as a secular alternative to the private, church-owned Brigham Young University.

Jabs about Mormon undergarments have surfaced before, including during Mormon Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential run. On the internet and in popular culture, some deride the sacred clothing as "magical Mormon underwear."

The church made a video four years ago dispelling the notion that Latter-day Saints believe temple garments have special protective powers. Rather, the church said they are a reminder of members' commitment to God to live good, honorable lives.

The garments aren't meant to be seen, and members are taught not to hang them in public places to dry or display them in view of people "who do not understand their significance."

Cross previously told The Salt Lake Tribune he is visiting Salt Lake City on his latest tour because he's always had good shows and memorable fans in the city.

The university is not sponsoring his show. Watkins said college officials acknowledge the free-speech rights of those who rent its facilities, even if they disagree with them.

Cardi B wins VMA, Nicki Minaj defends Fifth Harmony member

Cardi B, in her well-known silly demeanor, "opened" the 2018 Video Music Awards — not with a performance, but with cute jokes.

The new mom was onstage Monday at New York's Radio City Music Hall pretending to hold a baby, but she then revealed to the audience that it was actually a Moonman, which she won earlier in the night for song of the summer for her No. 1 hit, "I Like It," with Bad Bunny and J Balvin.

The rapper was the top contender of the night with 10 nominations. She gave birth to Kulture Kiari Cephus last month and is up for video of the year with "Finesse," her collaboration with Bruno Mars. The song's video, inspired by the 1990s sketch comedy series "In Living Color," is also nominated for four other honors.

For the top prize, Cardi B and Mars was competing with Childish Gambino's "This Is America," Drake's "God's Plan," Beyonce and Jay-Z's "Apes--t," Camila Cabello's "Havana" and Ariana Grande's "No Tears Left to Cry." (Most of the top nominees — including Drake, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Mars and Gambino — weren't expected the VMAs.)

Nicki Minaj won the first televised award — best hip hop — and checked comedian Tiffany Haddish for dissing girl group Fifth Harmony, now on hiatus.

After congratulating ex-Fifth Harmony Camila Cabello on her five nominations, presenter Haddish said sarcastically, "Hi Fifth Harmony." When Minaj accepted an award moments later, she looked to Haddish and said, "Don't be coming for Fifth Harmony because Normani is that (chick)." Normani currently has her first hit apart from the group with the Khalid-assisted "Love Lies."

Minaj, who has been a trending topic this week after she madly tweeted about why her new album debuted at No. 2 behind Travis Scott, also provided the first bleeped moment of the night when told the audience to listen to her Apple Music radio show this week to hear "who the (expletive) of the day award is going to."

There was a political moment when Logic was joined onstage by young immigrants wearing T-shirts that read, "We are all human beings," to protest the Trump administration's separation of migrant children from their parents after they illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. The rapper, best known for the suicide prevention anthem "1-800-273-8255," wore a T-shirt that read, "(Expletive) the wall."

Shawn Mendes was the night's first performer, and rocked the stage with a performance of "In My Blood." Other performers were to include Ariana Grande, Travis Scott, Minaj, Maluma and Post Malone, who won song of the year for "Rockstar."

"Thank you to my family, thank you to my crew ... This is sick," he said.

Grande won best pop video and thanked her fiance Pete Davidson "for existing."

Jennifer Lopez, who will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for lifetime achievement, was also expected to hit the stage. MTV also plans on honoring Aretha Franklin, who died last week from pancreatic cancer at age 76.

As for the top nominees, Beyonce and Jay-Z were behind Cardi B with eight bids for "Apesh--t," filmed at the Louvre museum in Paris. Gambino's "This Is America," which tackles racism and gun violence, earned him seven nominations, while Drake, who gave away $1 million dollars to Miami residents in his "God's Plan" clip, scored seven nods.

Mars, who has six nominations, was up for artist of the year alongside Cardi B, Drake, Post Malone, Cabello and Grande.

Taylor Swift was shut out of the major categories but did nab three nominations for technical awards: Her No. 1 hit, "Look What You Made Me Do," is up for best art direction, best visual effects and best editing.

Cardi B's other nominations include best new artist, best hip-hop video for "Bartier Cardi" and best Latin video for "Dinero" with Lopez and DJ Khaled.

Others nominated for multiple VMAs include SZA, Ed Sheeran, Janelle Monae, Khalid, Alessia Cara and Dua Lipa.

Avicii, who died in April, is nominated for best dance and best visual effects for "Lonely Together," which features Rita Ora.

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