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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 lawyers to resume questioning of ex-wife for defamation
Aquaman actress Amber Heard will be questioned on Tuesday by lawyers for her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, the Hollywood star she accused of physical and emotional abuse before and during their brief marriage. The 58-year-old ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actor is suing Heard for $50 million, claiming she defamed him when she claimed to have been the victim of domestic violence. Heard, 36, countersued for $100 million, arguing that Depp smeared him by calling her a liar.
‘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.
Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra celebrated on their return after winning Eurovision
The Kalush Orchestra of Ukraine returned to its native country on Monday after an emotional victory in the Eurovision Song Contest, welcomed at the border with Poland by soldiers whose group had defended the cause in Turin. Singer Oleh Psiuk received a bouquet of yellow and blue flowers – the colors of the Ukrainian flag – and reunited with his girlfriend before he and his band launched into an impromptu version of their winning song “Stefania”.
‘Downton Abbey’ returns with a silent film and a trip to France
Twelve years after it first aired, the TV hit “Downton Abbey” returns with a second standalone film about the fictional Crawley family and their servants who ruled a sprawling English estate in the early 20th century. Set in 1928, ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’, released in US theaters on Friday, sees a film crew arrive at Downton as well as family members travel to the French Riviera.
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.
‘Rust’ Producer Says Movie Will Be Done – Hollywood Reporter
A producer for the movie “Rust,” whose filming saw the accidental death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins last year, has said the film will be finished, The Hollywood Reporter reported Monday. Hutchins was killed https://reut.rs/3PoJbwM in October when a gun actor Alec Baldwin was rehearsing with while filming in New Mexico fired a live bullet that hit him and director Joel Souza . Souza was injured but survived.
The Cannes Film Festival is in full swing for its 75th anniversary
The Cannes Film Festival is gearing up for an exceptional 75th anniversary edition with a line-up of Hollywood big names, hot newcomers and former Palme d’Or winners – a resounding return even as the conflict in Ukraine looms over the festivities. “Honestly, I think it’s been some of Cannes’ best programming in years,” said Scott Roxborough, European bureau chief for The Hollywood Reporter.
(With agency contributions.)