Entertainment – International

Johnny Depp grabbed Amber Heard by hair, hit her repeatedly: sister

Washington, UNITED STATES (AFP) — Johnny Depp grabbed his then-wife Amber Heard by the hair and repeatedly struck her in the face during a heated argument about a month after their marriage, her sister said Wednesday. Heard also punched Depp during the March 2015 fight at their Los Angeles penthouse, Whitney Henriquez testified at the high-profile defamation case between the celebrity couple. Henriquez, Heard’s 34-year-old younger sister, said the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star sought […]

How Tom Cruise survived the end of the star era

Cannes, FRANCE (AFP) — Tom Cruise jets into Cannes on Wednesday for the first time in 30 years to launch “Top Gun: Maverick”, and much has changed in the film industry since his last visit — except his continued box office power. That kind of longevity is a rare thing in Hollywood where superhero franchises have become far more financially important to studios than individual actors and actresses. When Cruise was last in Cannes for […]

Psychologist testifies that Amber Heard has personality disorders

    by Brendan Smialowski with Chris Lefkow in Washington Agence France Presse FAIRFAX, United States (AFP) — A psychologist hired by lawyers for “Pirates of the Caribbean” star Johnny Depp testified on Tuesday at his defamation case against his former wife Amber Heard that she suffers from twin personality disorders. Shannon Curry, a clinical and forensic psychologist, said she had examined Heard’s mental health records and personally evaluated her for 12 hours over two […]

Tom Cruise unveils ‘Top Gun’ sequel with mid-air stunt

  by Andrew Marszal © Agence France-Presse LAS VEGAS, United States (AFP) — Tom Cruise unveiled the world-first screening of “Top Gun: Maverick” at CinemaCon in Las Vegas Thursday — introducing the long-awaited sequel while balanced atop a flying bi-plane. The new “Top Gun,” which picks up the story of Maverick and his fighter pilot buddies some three decades after the blockbuster original, was scheduled to open in 2020 but was repeatedly delayed by the […]

Johnny Depp says abuse allegations have cost him ‘everything’

  by Chris Lefkow Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — “Pirates of the Caribbean” star Johnny Depp said Wednesday that domestic abuse allegations made against him by his ex-wife Amber Heard had cost him “nothing less than everything” and claimed that she was the one who was frequently violent. Depp, taking the witness stand for a second day of testimony in his defamation case against Heard, said she would regularly insult him and […]

Johnny Depp became ‘monster’ on drugs and alcohol, court hears

  by Amel Semmache with Chris Lefkow in Washington © Agence France-Presse FAIRFAX, United States (AFP) — “Pirates of the Caribbean” star Johnny Depp physically and sexually abused his then-wife Amber Heard during drug- and alcohol-fueled benders during which he became a “monster,” her lawyers told a court Tuesday. Depp’s attorneys countered on the opening day of his blockbuster defamation case against Heard that the allegations were untrue and have had a “devastating” impact on […]

Jury selection begins in US defamation case between Johnny Depp, Amber Heard

by Amel SEMMACHE Agence France Presse FAIRFAX, United States (AFP) — Jury selection began on Monday in the blockbuster defamation case about allegations of spousal abuse between Hollywood star Johnny Depp and his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard. The 58-year-old Depp, after losing a high-profile libel case in London, has brought suit against the 35-year-old Heard in the United States. About a dozen Depp fans holding small black pirate flags — a nod to his starring […]

Will Smith banned from Oscars ceremonies for 10 years

  LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Will Smith has been banned from attending the Oscars for the next 10 years after he slapped comedian Chris Rock on stage, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Friday. Smith is also not permitted to attend any other events held by Hollywood’s top film group over the next decade, but the board did not decide to revoke the best actor Oscar he won last month […]

Ukraine’s Zelensky appears in taped video at Grammys

LAS VEGAS, United States (AFP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a surprise appearance at the Grammys in Sunday, urging support for his country and asking the industry’s top artists to “fill the silence” brought by war with music. Zelensky delivered his pre-taped message ahead of a performance from John Legend of the song “Free,” joined by Ukrainian singer Mika Newton, musician Siuzanna Iglidan and poet Lyuba Yakimchuk. “What is more opposite to music? The […]

Will Smith refused to leave Oscars after slap: Academy

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) —  Actor Will Smith refused to leave the Oscars ceremony after he attacked Chris Rock, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Wednesday. “While we would like to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and refused, we also recognize we could have handled the situation differently,” a statement said. The Academy, the body that hands out the Oscars, said it had begun disciplinary proceedings against […]

Oscars ratings bounce back as Will Smith hooks viewers

  LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The Oscars were in desperate need of a ratings boost — and, on a night when Will Smith stunned viewers by slapping Chris Rock on stage, some 15.36 million Americans tuned in. Preliminary audience figures, revealed by broadcaster ABC on Monday, represent a significant recovery from last year’s record-low 9.85 million live viewers, although they are still the second-lowest in televised Academy Awards history. The moment when Smith […]

Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock over Oscars slap

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) – Actor Will Smith apologized Monday to Chris Rock for hitting the comedian during the live broadcast of the glitzy Oscar ceremony in Hollywood. “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be,” the winner of the best actor Oscar wrote on Instagram.   View this […]