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Jury starts deliberations in lawsuit between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard after 6 weeks of dramatic testimony
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Jury starts deliberations in lawsuit between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard after 6 weeks of dramatic testimony

Jurors started their deliberations Friday in the civil libel trial between actors Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard, following six weeks of courtroom drama that peeled back the curtain on the stars' troubled marriage.Depp is suing Heard for $50 million in Virginia's Fairfax County Circuit Court over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as "a public figure representing domestic abuse." Judge Penney Azcarate gave the jury its instructions Friday morning, ahead of the start of closing arguments from Depp and Heard's attorneys. When the jury deliberates, it will have to focus not only on whether there was abuse but also whether Heard's op-ed piece can be considered legally defamatory. The article itself focuses mostly on policy questions of domestic v...
NFTs coming of age in sports and entertainment – Indianapolis Business Journal
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NFTs coming of age in sports and entertainment – Indianapolis Business Journal

IBJ illustration/ Sarah Ellis, Audrey Pelsor Digital collectibles aren’t replacing trading cards or commemorative bobbleheads quite yet, but local sports franchises like IndyCar and the Indianapolis Colts are still eyeing them as a new marketing tool that could attract younger and more tech-savvy fans. In fact, leaning into non-fungible tokens—commonly called NFTs—could prove to be a good business strategy for athletes, teams and sports leagues. That’s particularly true as fans look for new ways to engage with the athletes and teams they love and potentially profit from resale in the ever-evolving collectibles market. NFTs are usually limited-supply, virtual art that buyers can amass, sell or trade using either real money or cryptocurrencies. The tokens, which can so...
Testimony concludes in civil trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, after Heard returned to the stand
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Testimony concludes in civil trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, after Heard returned to the stand

Editor's note: Some testimony contains graphic language and descriptions of sexual and physical assault.Testimony concluded Thursday in the civil trial over a libel lawsuit filed by Johnny Depp against his ex-wife Amber Heard. Heard's legal team rested after she returned to the stand as a rebuttal witness called by her attorneys. Depp is suing Heard in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia for $50 million over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as "a public figure representing domestic abuse." His lawyers say he was defamed by the article even though it never mentioned his name. Heard is countersuing for $100 million, claiming Depp's attorney defamed her by calling her abuse allegations a hoax.Heard said she is "harassed, humiliated, threatened eve...
A Good Man: Exhibits Honor ‘Peanuts’ Creator Schulz on 100th | Entertainment News
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A Good Man: Exhibits Honor ‘Peanuts’ Creator Schulz on 100th | Entertainment News

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS and PATRICK ORSAGOS, Associated PressCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In a series of “Peanuts” comic strips that ran in mid-April of 1956, Charlie Brown grasps the string of his kite, which was stuck in what came to be known in the long-running strip as the “kite-eating tree.”In one episode that week, a frustrated Charlie Brown declines an offer from nemesis Lucy for her to yell at the tree.“If I had a kite caught up in a tree, I'd yell at it,” Lucy responds in the last panel.The simplicity of that interaction illustrates how different “Peanuts” was from comics drawn before its 1950 debut, said Lucy Shelton Caswell, founding curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University in Columbus, the world's largest such museum.Political Cartoons“The ide...
Andy Fletcher, Depeche Mode keyboardist and founding member, dead at 60
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Andy Fletcher, Depeche Mode keyboardist and founding member, dead at 60

Andy Fletcher, the keyboardist and one of the founding members of Depeche Mode, is dead at 60 years old. A cause of death was not immediately known, though the news was announced by the band's Twitter on Thursday.  pic.twitter.com/RlB7QM6ckW— Depeche Mode (@depechemode) May 26, 2022 More commonly known was "Fletch" by friends and fans, Fletcher, a United Kingdom native, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the other members of Depeche Mode in 2020.  He was one of three core members of the band, a part of each of the 14 studio albums and six live albums they had released since 1981. In that time Depeche Mode was nominated for five Grammy Awards Originally founded in 1980, the group had continued to tour through 2022, with ...
Ellen DeGeneres Ends Daytime Show With Plea for Compassion | Entertainment News
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Ellen DeGeneres Ends Daytime Show With Plea for Compassion | Entertainment News

By LYNN ELBER, AP Television WriterLOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres brought her nearly two-decade daytime talk show to an end Thursday with a celebrity lovefest and a forceful assertion of her achievement as a gay woman daring to be herself.DeGeneres and guests Jennifer Aniston, Billie Eilish and Pink shared memories and affection as “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” concluded its Emmy-winning, 3,200-plus episode run that began in September 2003.“Twenty years ago, when we were trying to sell the show, no one thought that this would work. Not because it was a different kind of show, but because I was different,” DeGeneres said of the pushback from TV stations.When the syndicated show went on the air, she was prevented from saying the word “gay” or even the pronoun “we,” DeGeneres said, since the...
Surgeon testifies Johnny Depp’s hand injury was likely not from a thrown bottle
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Surgeon testifies Johnny Depp’s hand injury was likely not from a thrown bottle

Editor's note: Some testimony contains graphic language and descriptions of sexual and physical assault.Testimony resumed Monday in the civil trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, as Heard's attorneys continue to present their defense in the actor's $50 million lawsuit and and try to prove her side of the $100 million countersuit. It is expected to be the last week in the more than month-long trial.A hand surgeon, Dr. Richard Moore, testified Monday that Johnny Depp could not have lost the tip of his middle finger the way he told jurors it happened in his civil lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard. Actor Johnny Depp waves as he leaves the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, May 19, 2022.  ...
Austin Butler was hospitalized after playing Elvis | Entertainment
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Austin Butler was hospitalized after playing Elvis | Entertainment

Alon AmirPlaying the King of Rock & Roll did a number on Austin Butler.The Elvis actor, 30, told British GQ that he was hospitalized and bedridden for a week after completing the upcoming film back in March 2021. “I woke up at 4 in the morning with excruciating pain, and I was rushed to the hospital,” Butler said. “My body just started shutting down the day I finished Elvis.”According to GQ, Butler was diagnosed with a virus and was hospitalized for treatment of the virus, which simulates appendicitis. The role meant a lot to Butler, who related to Elvis Presley's life story on a deep, emotional level. “I’ve never loved somebody I’ve neve...
Johnny Depp calls ex-wife Amber Heard’s allegations “unbelievably brutal, cruel, and all false” in return to stand in libel trial
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Johnny Depp calls ex-wife Amber Heard’s allegations “unbelievably brutal, cruel, and all false” in return to stand in libel trial

Editor's note: Some testimony contains graphic language and descriptions of sexual and physical assault.Johnny Depp called his ex-wife's accusations of sexual and physical abuse "insane" Wednesday as he returned to the witness stand in his libel suit against Amber Heard."Ridiculous, humiliating, ludicrous, painful, savage, unbelievably brutal, cruel, and all false," Depp said when asked about his reaction to hearing Heard's allegations when she testified earlier in the trial. Actor Johnny Depp testifies in the courtroom in the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday, May 25, 2022.  Evelyn Hockstein / AP Depp was testifying Wednesday as a rebuttal witness - both he...
John Francis Daley Comedy ‘5-25-77’ Acquired By MVD Entertainment Group – Deadline
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John Francis Daley Comedy ‘5-25-77’ Acquired By MVD Entertainment Group – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: MVD Entertainment Group has acquired worldwide rights to the autobiographical coming-of-age comedy 5-25-77, from writer-director Patrick Read Johnson (Spaced Invaders), slating it for release in North American theaters this fall, with an unveiling on digital and VOD to follow. The film’s title stems from the 1977 release date of George Lucas’ original Star Wars film—which today celebrates its 45th anniversary. It’s inspired by the true story of a nerdy, alienated, hopeful filmmaker named Pat Johnson (John Francis Daley) about growing up, falling in love, and becoming the very first fan of the movie that changed everything. Austin Pendleton (My Cousin Vinny), Colleen Camp (Die Hard with a Vengeance), Neil Flynn (Scrubs) and Justin Mentell (G-Force) also star. ...