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Judge rejects Amber Heard’s offer for retrial with Johnny Depp
‘Aquaman’ actress Amber Heard lost a bid for a new trial in her defamation case with ex-husband Johnny Depp on Wednesday when a judge rejected her lawyers’ argument that one of the jurors had served poorly. In June, Heard was ordered to pay Depp $10.35 million in damages when a jury in Fairfax County, Va., found she defamed the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star in a opinion piece.
Amy Winehouse biopic in the works, Sam Taylor-Johnson to direct
A feature film about the late British singer Amy Winehouse is in the works, with “Fifty Shades of Grey” director Sam Taylor-Johnson helming biopic production and distribution company Studiocanal. Titled ‘Back to Black’, the film will look at the life and music of the six-time Grammy Award winner, who died of alcohol poisoning at her north London home on July 23, 2011. Winehouse, who has struggled with alcohol and drug problems for much of his career, was 27.
Netflix in talks with Hollywood studios for next level with ads – WSJ
Netflix Inc is seeking to change its programming agreements with Hollywood studios to allow the streaming pioneer to launch an ad-supported version of its service, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The company has entered into discussions with Warner Bros., Universal and Sony Pictures Television, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter. (https://on.wsj.com/3yCGIa7)
Factbox: Key nominations for the 2022 Emmy Awards
Nominations were announced Tuesday for the Emmys, television’s highest honors. Here is a list of nominees in key categories. The awards will be presented at a televised ceremony in Los Angeles on September 12.
‘Succession’, ‘Squid Game’ will compete for best Emmy Award
“Succession,” the HBO series about a conniving media mogul and his rival family, garnered 25 Emmy nominations on Tuesday, including one for the prestigious Best Drama award. He will take on Netflix Inc.’s South Korean thriller “Squid Game,” the first non-English language show to be nominated for an Emmy.
BTS Documentary Series, Upcoming Concert on Disney Streaming Services
Walt Disney Co announced a deal Monday that will bring a documentary series and concert featuring K-pop group BTS to the company’s streaming services. The series will debut next year and will include music and images from the South Korean group from the past nine years. Titled “BTS Monuments: Beyond the Star,” it will feature “the daily lives, thoughts, and plans ‘of the band members’ as they prepare for their second chapter,” Disney said in a statement.
Three men charged over stolen lyrics to Eagles’ ‘Hotel California’
Three men have been criminally charged in Manhattan with possession of about 100 pages stolen from lead singer Don Henley of handwritten notes and lyrics for the Eagles’ 1976 hit album “Hotel California.” Glenn Horowitz, Craig Inciardi and Edward Kosinski were charged on Tuesday with attempting to sell the materials, worth more than $1 million, and lying to auction houses, potential buyers and to law enforcement about how they obtained them.
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