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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.
‘Real Housewives’ NeNe Leakes accuses NBC and Bravo of racial bias in lawsuit
A former black star of reality TV franchise ‘The Real Housewives’ has filed a lawsuit accusing Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal and sister network Bravo of condoning a racist work environment. Linnethia “NeNe” Leakes, who starred on ‘The 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.
Johnny Depp jurors showed actor’s explicit texts in 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 maintained that Heard was the one who became abusive in the relationship.
Warner Bros. Discovery to shut down 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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