Entertainment News Roundup: With jury chosen, Johnny Depp opens US libel case against ex-wife Heard; Gilbert Gottfried, boundary-pushing comedian, dead at 67+

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With jury chosen, Johnny Depp opens defamation case in the United States against his ex-wife Heard

Lawyers for Hollywood star Johnny Depp presented a jury with an outline of his US defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard on Tuesday, the latest chapter in a long legal battle between the two Hollywood stars. Opening statements began in a Virginia courtroom in a lawsuit Depp, 58, filed against Heard, 35, for $50 million in 2018.

Gilbert Gottfried, comedian pushing the limits, dead at 67

Gilbert Gottfried, a twisted-voiced comedian who likes to push boundaries with jokes about the 9/11 attacks and the Japanese tsunami, has died at age 67, his family announced Tuesday. Gottfried, a former cast member of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and the voice of a sarcastic parrot in Disney’s animated film “Aladdin,” suffered from a long, unspecified illness, the statement said. family.

Universal Music can’t help but fall in love with Elvis Presley, to manage the catalog of songs

Universal Music is adding the ‘King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ Elvis Presley song catalog, including hits such as ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ and ‘Jailhouse Rock’, as part of an agreement to edition with Authentic Brands Group. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, although Universal Music Publishing Group said Tuesday it would approve and collect revenue when Elvis songs are used in media, film or television.

Ugandan filmmaker eyes new Africa narrative after Disney animation deal

Ugandan film producer Raymond Malinga, whose work will feature in an upcoming Disney anthology of animated films from across Africa, hopes the project will bring African animation to the world. “Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire,” is a ten-part collection of short animations by producers from six African countries that is set to premiere on the Disney Plus streaming platform later this year.

Spotify rebrands its live audio streaming service

Spotify Technology SA renamed its live audio streaming service to Spotify Live on Tuesday and announced a slew of new content by top artists, as it doubles down on the format at a time when virtual events continue to draw in audiences. Rolling out in June 2021 as Spotify Greenroom, the service will be available as a standalone app and as a Livestream feature on the main Spotify app.

Factbox-From Dylan to Springsteen, music greats are selling rights to labels

Universal Music Group announced on Tuesday that it will manage the song catalog of ‘king of rock ‘n’ roll’ Elvis Presley, the latest such deal struck by global music labels to generate more revenue from royalties, trademark licenses and agreements. For big-name artists such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Neil Diamond, the deals offer a chance to reap the benefits of their catalogs, towards the end of their careers.

Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. pleads guilty to forcible touching

Cuba Gooding Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of forcibly touching a woman at a New York nightclub in 2018, part of a deal with prosecutors that spares the Oscar-winning actor an immediate prison sentence. The guilty plea, in which Gooding also admitted in court to subjecting two other women to “non-consensual physical contact” in 2018 and 2019, came three years after his arrest, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said. in a press release.

Hugh Laurie Brings Agatha Christie’s Murder Mystery to TV

British actor Hugh Laurie, best known for playing an eccentric doctor in the TV series ‘House’, brings what he says is his favorite Agatha Christie novel to the screen with his new TV show ‘Why Don’t didn’t they ask Evans? The three-part miniseries was written, produced and directed by Laurie, who also stars in a supporting role.

Hit series ‘Russian Doll’ returns with more existential questions

Actress and writer Natasha Lyonne delves into the existential themes of Season 2 of her hit Netflix show “Russian Doll”, this time sending her character Nadia and her friend Alan to explore their past via a New York City subway time portal. After successfully escaping a time loop that saw them die multiple times during the first season, Nadia and Alan embark on a new journey through different eras. However, once again, they will have to find a way out.

(With agency contributions.)

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