Entertainment news roundup: Residents of Ukraine’s Kalush in ‘seventh heaven’ after local band win Eurovision; Johnny Depp libel trial resumes Monday with ex-wife Heard on stand and more

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Ukraine’s Kalush residents in ‘seventh heaven’ after their group wins Eurovision

Residents of Kalush said on Sunday they were in “seventh heaven”, jumping and rejoicing after a band from the western Ukrainian town won the Eurovision Song Contest over the weekend.

The Kalush Orchestra won Eurovision with their entry ‘Stefania’, riding a wave of public support to claim an emotional victory that was hailed by the country’s president.

Johnny Depp’s libel trial resumes Monday with ex-wife Heard at the helm

Johnny Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard will return to the witness box on Monday in a defamation lawsuit filled with graphic allegations of physical and emotional abuse from both sides. Jurors in the case listened to explicit recordings of the couple’s arguments and testimonies regarding a severed finger, feces in a bed and an alleged sexual assault with a bottle.

For Ukrainian fighters, victory at Eurovision heralds victory to come over Russia

Gathered in a basement used as safe quarters north of Kyiv, a small group of Ukrainian soldiers watched with joy as their country won the Eurovision Song Contest, saying it heralded their next victory in the war to expel Russian forces from Ukraine. The Kalush Orchestra won Eurovision with their entry ‘Stefania’, riding a wave of popular support from across Europe to claim an emotional victory that was hailed by the country’s president.

‘Stefania Express’: Ukraine applauds Eurovision win in wartime

Proud Ukrainians celebrated their Eurovision Song Contest victory on Sunday, renaming a train line in his honor as they hoped for victory in their bitter war against Russia. Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra triumphed in Italy on Saturday with their entry “Stefania,” a song fusing rap with traditional folk music that was a tribute to band leader Oleh Psiuk’s mother.

Ukrainian group pleads for Mariupol in Eurovision final

The Ukrainian Kalush Orchestra on Saturday launched a plea for the city of Mariupol and its factory in Azovstal after their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. “Please help Ukraine, Mariupol. Help Azovstal now,” vocalist Oleh Psiuk shouted from the front of the stage in the Italian city of Turin after the band performed his song “Stefania.”

Britney Spears announces the miscarriage of her ‘miracle baby’

Singer Britney Spears posted on her Instagram on Saturday about the death of her “miracle baby”, about a month after announcing her pregnancy with husband Sam Asghari. Spears said she was going through a devastating time and maybe she should have waited to announce her pregnancy.

Box Office: ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Reigns Again as ‘Firestarter’ Dies Down

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is again the No. 1 film at the national box office. In its second weekend of release, the latest installment in Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe collected $61 million from 4,534 North American theaters. Ticket sales are down 67% from its opening weekend, marking a steeper drop compared to recent Marvel movies like “Eternals” (which was down 61% in its second weekend) and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (which dropped 52% in its second weekend). However, this significant drop is not surprising since “Doctor Strange 2” just had the 11th biggest opening weekend in history with $187 million. After 10 days on the big screen, the standalone superhero adventure has grossed $291 million in North America.

Huge public support helps Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra win Eurovision

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy on Saturday with their song “Stefania”, riding a wave of public support to claim an emotional victory hailed by the country’s president. Sung in Ukrainian, the winning song fused rap with traditional folk music and was a tribute to the band’s frontman Oleh Psiuk’s mother.

(With agency contributions.)

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