The Monday Roundup: Michael Jackson Hologram, Billboard Music Awards, McConaughey and Pitt, Fair St. Louis

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May 19, 2014

Michael Jackson hologram plays the Billboard Music Awards

The King of Pop’s hologram appeared on the Billboard Music Awards last night and it was pretty awesome. Here’s how it was done. Here’s the full list of winners.

No free street parking in Forest Park during Fair St. Louis

You probably know that this year’s annual Fair St. Louis celebration will be held in Forest Park due to the renovations happening at the Arch grounds. The logistics are going to be kind of a nightmare. The Air Show has already been canceled and now most street parking within Forest Park has been banned during the festival. Attendees will be shuttled in from surrounding lots. Those arrangements will be announced at a future date. Fair St. Louis will run July 3-5 this year. Bonnie Raitt, Capital Cities, The Neighbourhood, Matt Nathanson, The Band Perry and Thompson Square are among the musical acts already announced.

AT&T buys DirecTV for $48.5 billion

DirecTV shareholders will get $28.50 in cash per share and $66.50 per share in AT&T stock. The deal will allow AT&T to offer broadband internet to many folks who can’t currently get it. There is a clause in the merger contract that says AT&T can back out of the deal without penalty if the NFL and DirecTV don’t agree to terms on extending their NFL Sunday Ticket partnership.

Brad Pitt throws Matthew McConaughey a beer

The two both happened to be in New Orleans over the weekend. Both were out on their respective balconies when they noticed each other. Pitt threw a beer across to McConaughey and Matt drank it. Drew Brees was among the folks hanging out on McConaughey’s balcony.

Cristiano Ronaldo poses nude with girlfriend on Spanish Vogue cover

The world-class athlete and girlfriend Irina Shayk posed for a series of photos in the latest issue of Vogue Espana

California Chrome gets green light to wear nasal strip at Belmont Stakes

California Chrome has won two-thirds of the elusive Triple Crown after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Reports surfaced late yesterday that the horse’s owners may pull the horse from the Belmont field if he wasn’t allowed to wear the strip. Chrome has worn a strip in each of his last six races, all wins. It was just something one of his co-owners wanted to try. Today, the three stewards at Belmont Park voted unanimously to allow the strips on all horses. They cited studies that the strips do not allow a horse to run faster, but may help some negative side effects.

California Chrome is the 13th horse since 1978 to win the first two races of the series. Affirmed was the last horse to also win at Belmont and take home the Triple Crown. 11 horses have won the Triple Crown dating back to 1919, including 4 in the 1940s and 3 in the 1970s. Affirmed was put to sleep in 2001. After his highly-successful racing career, the horse had was a highly-successful stud.

Godzilla top $93 million over the weekend

The return of our favorite giant lizard to the big screen brought in $93 million and change this weekend at the domestic box office. It also brought in $103 million overseas. Neighbors finished second with $25 million and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 rounded out the top 3 with $16.8 million. We’ll have a more in-depth look at the numbers on Thursday in our Weekend Movie Guide.

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood debut “Something Bad”

The pair of country superstars debuted this duet at the Billboard Music Awards last night

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