Elvis fans take part in the North Parkes Mines Street Parade on April 23, 2022 in Parkes, Australia. (Photo: Wendell Teodoro/Getty Images)
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1) Alec Baldwin’s attorney says state’s ‘Rust’ shooting investigation clears actor
An attorney for Alec Baldwin said Thursday that a New Mexico-led investigation cleared his client of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting on the set of Rust, pointing out that his report indicated that the actor believed that his weapon contained only dummy cartridges. The New Mexico Office of Occupational Health and Safety on Wednesday released the findings of a six-month investigation into the shooting during the filming of the western movie last October. He blasted Rust Movie Productions LLC for “willful” safety lapses leading to the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and fined the company $137,000, the maximum amount possible.
2) The King lives! Elvis impersonators return to Australian town
Thousands of Elvis Presley impersonators and fans of the late king of rock and roll returned to the Elvis Festival in the Australian country town of Parkes on Thursday for the first time in more than two years. Now in its 29th year, the Parkes Elvis Festival was canceled in 2021 due to Covid-19, which also pushed the event this year from January, Presley’s birthday month, to April.
An Elvis Tribute performer poses for a photo before the North Parkes Mines street parade April 23, 23 in Parkes, Australia. (Photo by Wendell Teodoro/Getty Images)
3) Kapow! American comic stars raise funds for Ukrainian refugees
Like Batman forming the Justice League of superheroes, or Iron Man helping to assemble the Avengers, comics editor Scott Dunbier needed to assemble an all-star team. The call went out, and Dunbier quickly enlisted the biggest names in the American comics industry to collaborate on a special anthology to raise money for Ukrainian war refugees.
4) Real Housewives NeNe Leakes accuses NBC and Bravo of racial bias in lawsuit
A former black star of the reality TV franchise The Real Housewives filed a lawsuit accusing NBCUniversal and Comcast Corp’s sister network Bravo of tolerating a racially hostile work environment. Linnethia “NeNe” Leakes, who starred in EThe Real Housewives of Atlanta for seven seasons, claims she suffered racial abuse from white co-star Kim Zolciak-Biermann for years and was hit back by NBC and Bravo for complaining.
NeNe Leakes attends Shaquille ONeals Surprise Birthday Party at Steak Market on March 30, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo: Prince Williams/Wireimage)
5) Johnny Depp’s jurors showed the actor’s explicit texts in a libel case
Lawyers for Johnny Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard questioned the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star on Thursday in his defamation case, showing jurors graphic text messages in which Depp referred to a ‘monster’ within him that he had to control. Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 35, for $50 million after accusing him of abuse before and during their roughly two-year marriage. He argued that Heard was the one who turned violent in the relationship.
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Johnny Depp walks out of court during the 8th day of his civil trial at Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia. (Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
6) Warner Bros Discovery will shut down the CNN+ streaming service
Warner Bros. Discovery announced on Thursday that it will shut down its CNN+ streaming news service less than a month after its much-hyped launch. The service, which sought to capitalize on the popularity of streaming video and the growth of digital news subscriptions, will cease operations on April 30. The executive who helped design CNN’s streaming strategy, Andrew Morse, will also leave.
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