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“Beginning today’s bulletin with news on Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, and Jazmine Sullivan who were some of the big stars using the BET Awards stage to strongly criticize the Supreme Court’s recent decision to strip away women’s constitutional protection for abortion.
Henson took the stage as the show’s host with an uplifting message about “Black excellence” before she launched into the court’s overturning of the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. The actor took the stage after Lizzo opened the show with a flute solo in a glittery-gold outfit performing her single “About Damn Time.”
“Meanwhile, Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic ‘Elvis’ shook up theaters with an estimated $30.5 million in weekend ticket sales, but — in a box-office rarity — Elvis tied Top Gun: Maverick, which also reported $30.5 million, for No. 1 in theaters. For now, the unlikely pair of Elvis and Maverick are locked in a dance-off (if you favor Elvis) or a dead heat (if you prefer Maverick). About 60% of the audience for Elvis was over the age of 35. Older audiences have been among the most hesitant to return to theaters during the pandemic but that’s changing.
Elvis ranks as Luhrmann’s second-best opening after 2013′s The Great Gatsby.
“Moving on, the judge in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial made a jury’s award official with a written order for Heard to pay Depp $10.35 million for damaging his reputation by describing herself as a domestic abuse victim in an op-ed piece she wrote.
Judge Penney Azcarate entered a judgment order into the court record after a brief hearing in Fairfax County Circuit Court. She also ordered Depp to pay Heard $2 million, the jury’s award on her counterclaim that Heard was defamed by one of Depp’s lawyers. The jury found in Depp’s favor on all three of his claims relating to specific statements in the 2018 piece.
“In other news, Hollywood star Christian Bale revealed that he still hasn’t seen Robert Pattinson’s The Batman yet. Bale portrayed the role of the caped crusader in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Bale, who is in the midst of Thor Love And Thunder promotions, told Variety, “I still haven’t seen it. I will see it. It’s amazing how few films I see. Every director I work with, I’ve seen a couple of their films and they’re always looking at me going, ‘Are you kidding?’ I like to really savor films and I don’t watch too many”.
“Meanwhile, Singer Taylor Swift is ‘terrified’ over the US Supreme Court ruling that overturned the constitutional right to abortion. She wrote on Twitter, “I’m absolutely terrified that this is where we are – that after so many decades of people fighting for women’s rights to their own bodies, today’s decision has stripped us of that.” Several celebrities joined her in reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling after nearly 50 years.
Actor Josh Gad expressed his ‘rage’ over the decision as he tweeted, “You don’t need 280 characters today. Just one word: Rage.” Actor-director Aisha Tyler called the decision a “terrible tragedy” as she wrote on Twitter.
““The Terminal List” stars Chris Pratt and Taylor Kitsch say they are fascinated by the “extraordinary culture and food” of India and hope to visit the country one day. While Pratt enjoys a massive fan following in India courtesy of Marvel Studio’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” films and popular TV show “The Office”, Kitsch is well known for his performances in action movies “John Carter” and “Battleship”.
Pratt told PTI, “To all our friends and fans in India, we love you. You were on our mind when we were making ‘The Terminal List’. We hope you enjoy this work of art, we worked very hard on it. We made it for you”.
Moving on, Chris Hemsworth starrer Thor Love and Thunder had its premiere in Los Angeles and the first reactions from the screening seemed extremely positive. After watching the film at the premiere, many of the guests shared their first reactions on Twitter. Erik Davis of Fandango called it “another classic Thor adventure” and shared on Twitter “#ThorLoveAndThunder is everything I wanted it to be”. Brandon Davis called it “absolutely electrifying” and wrote, “My favorite #Thor movie of the four. Taika Waititi through and through. It’s mature, the soundtrack rocks, and there are great surprises. So much fun. Feels like the best of MCU Phase 1 and Phase 4 in one entry. Loved it.”
“Lastly, Actor Olivia Cooke is set to headline horror movie Breeders which will mark the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Kelsey Bollig. Adam McKay will produce the project that has been acquired by Hollywood studio Lionsgate, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Screenwriter Brian Steele has penned the script, which was based on his and McKay’s original idea. The logline is being kept under wraps, but a source told the outlet that the movie is set as a “social horror-thriller” that is tonally in the vein of Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan‘s Fresh, a dating gone wrong thriller that landed on Hulu in March.
Cooke will next be seen on HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon.
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