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Dave Chappelle's alleged attacker arrested for attempted murder in earlier stabbing case

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Twenty-three-year-old Isaiah Lee, the man still behind bars after being charged with tackling Dave Chappelle onstage, has been slapped with an attempted murder charge. 

However, controversial Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced today the charge wasn't related to Lee's alleged assault of the comedian earlier this month.

Gascón on Thursday says a man who had been stabbed in December identified Lee, his former roommate, as his attacker. "The publicity generated by the attack on Mr. Chappelle helped police solve this crime," he noted.

Lee was found to have had a gun-shaped knife when the alleged attack of Chappelle happened, but the LA DA's Office, which has been under fire for what critics see as Gascón's soft on crime policies, didn't charge Lee with any felonies. Instead, he was charged with four misdemeanors, for which he recently pleaded not guilty, and a judge refused to reduce his $30,000 bail and release him.

Gascón added of Thursday's new charge, "The incident that occurred at the Hollywood Bowl was misdemeanor conduct and rightfully referred to the City Attorney's Office. Based on the nature and severity of the December attack, Mr. Lee is now facing felony charges which my office will prosecute."

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Jury in Johnny Depp case hears video testimony from Ellen Barkin about "always drunk" former lover

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The Johnny Depp/Amber Heard defamation case rolled on in a Fairfax, Virginia courtroom today, with the jury listening to hours of pre-taped testimony from various people involved with the former couple. 

As reported, Depp is suing heard for $50 million for defamation, claiming her 2018 Washington Post op-ed devastated his career when it falsely branded him as a domestic abuser. 

One of the tapes the jury heard today was from 2019, when actress Ellen Barkin testified about the actor, whom she briefly dated in the 1990s. "We had a romantic relationship," Barkin said in the video deposition, before adding, "Actually, can we change that to 'sexual'?"

Depp's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas co-star said Depp was "always drunk" and witnessed him throwing a bottle against a hotel wall during an argument with some of his associates. 

There was also taped testimony from more recently, January of this year, from the Pirates of the Caribbean star's former psychiatrist. Dr. Alan Blaustein testified Depp used drugs and alcohol to cope with "psychic wounds" and anxiety. The therapist also claimed the actor told him he was hesitant to marry Heard.

Heard is counter-suing Depp for $100 million, and her attorneys had the jury hear from Heard's former agent, who claimed Heard's op-ed actually hurt her own career. 

Jessica Kovacevi noted that Heard's level of fame should have been on par with that of Bond girl Ana De Armas if it weren't for blowback she says the actress received in the wake of the bombshell article.

The case resumes Monday morning.

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'Daredevil' lives again on Disney+

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Daredevil, the beloved Netflix series about Marvel Comics' Man Without Fear, is being rebooted for Disney+, according to Variety.

Officially, Marvel Studios and Disney+ are still mum, but it's something of a no-brainer that Charlie Cox will return as the titular hero.

Cox played blind lawyer Matt Murdoch, who moonlights as the red-suited vigilante, to such acclaim that he was brought into the Marvel Cinematic Universe fold with a scene in the blockbuster Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Similarly, Vincent D'Onofrio's bruising baddie Wilson Fisk/Kingpin in the original Daredevil entered the MCU with the Disney+ series Hawkeye and is expected to appear in that show's upcoming spinoff Echo.

According to the trade, the new Daredevil series was written and will be executive produced by Matt Corman and Chris Ord, who created the USA Network's spy series Covert Affairs.

The original Daredevil, along with the other formerly "Netflix Marvel" shows, including Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, The Punisher, Iron Fist and the team-up series The Defenders, are available on Disney+.

The addition of the "Mature"-rated shows led the family friendly streaming service to install an age restricted viewing option, but it's not clear whether a Daredevil reboot will follow the comics-accurate bloodiness of the Netflix show.

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'Squid Game' creator reportedly developing satire show based on unexpected rise to fame

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Hwang Dong-hyuk, the creator of Netflix's global smash Squid Game, is reportedly taking a look at his "overnight" success with a satire show called The Best Show on the Planet.

The creator was penniless when he wrote the show about cash-strapped people chosen to play a series of life-or-death games, only to see the show become a smash years after he created it. His show earned praise from fans and from the likes of Oscar winner Steven Spielberg, who reportedly once said to Hwang, "I want to steal your brain."

Deadline reports The Best Show on the Planet will be a "satirical comedy ... based on his personal experience of being thrust into the limelight."

Last year, Hwang told the trade, "I feel like I've been swept by the Niagara Falls over the course of the last six months and fallen off a cliff. To have such compliments from Steven Spielberg was completely beyond my imagination. I still can't work out whether this is real or I'm daydreaming."

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'Stranger Things' creators reportedly having "total meltdown" after branded 'Monopoly' game spoils season 4

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Matt and Ross Duffer, the sibling creators of Netflix's hit Stranger Things, reportedly had a "total meltdown" when they found out a Monopoly game set in their fictional world spoiled some major surprises.

According to a Reddit thread, a copy of Stranger Things: Monopoly that was bought "fair and square" from Target contained "massive spoilers" for the supernatural show's forthcoming fourth season. "Nobody stole it; nobody leaked a sample," the Redditor clarified, but explained it was likely mistakenly put out for sale ahead of time.

The Hollywood Reporter noted the thread turned Netflix and the Duffer bros, well, upside down. The pair had a "total meltdown" at the news, a source explained, adding, "Lessons have been learned and, I expect, there will be more cohesion going into season 5."

Because toys take longer to create, they're often a source of secrets for upcoming movies and TV shows for sharp-eyed sleuths out there.

This is the main reason there were no "Baby Yoda" toys out there when The Mandalorian's first season debuted -- creator Jon Favreau knew toys would spoil Grogu's surprise appearance.

"I have to thank Disney and Lucasfilm, because the way the cat usually gets out of the bag with that stuff is merchandising and toy catalogs and things like that," Favreau said at the time.

"We really wanted to have it be that you had to watch it yourself."

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It's a boy! Rihanna reportedly welcomes first child with A$AP Rocky

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There's got to be nothing but love on the brain for Rihanna right now!

The superstar singer and fashion icon welcomed her first baby with rapper boyfriend A$AP Rocky. According to People, a source close to the couple says they are at home in Los Angeles with the baby.

Per TMZ, Rihanna, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, gave birth to her baby boy last Friday, May 13. The name of the baby is not yet known.

The 34-year-old "Diamonds" singer and A$AP, 33, started dating in July 2020, according to People. The A$AP Mob rapper opened up for Rihanna during the U.S. stops on her Diamonds World Tour. He was also featured on the remix of Rihanna's 2012 single, "Cockiness (Love It)." The duo was spotted out and about a few times, and rumors really began circulating after Rihanna included A$AP in her 2020 Fenty Skin beauty campaign.

The news of Rihanna's pregnancy shook the music world. While fans had been patiently awaiting new music from the Barbados native, she was busy planning her preggo debut. In the cute reveal, the couple were photographed in Harlem, New York, A$AP’s hometown, holding hands and showing off Rihanna’s growing baby bump. In one photo, A$AP kisses the mom-to-be on her forehead; in another close-up image, A$AP’s hands adorn hers, showing off not only the bump but also the multicolor jewels that accompanied her stylish foot-length pink jacket.

Throughout the duration of her pregnancy, Rihanna stepped out in style. From multiple chic all-black looks to bump-revealing colorful ensembles and even couture party looks, the singer’s fashion during the nine months was always a topic of discussion.

She opened up about her fashion journey as a mom-to-be to Vogue.

"When I found out I was pregnant, I thought to myself, 'There's no way I'm going to go shopping in no maternity aisle,'" she told the magazine. "I'm sorry -- it's too much fun to get dressed up. I'm not going to let that part disappear because my body is changing."

Rihanna has also opened up about what becoming a mom means to her, saying the experience has changed the way she relates to her own mother, Monica Braithwaite.

"Being on the verge of motherhood, unlocked new levels of love and respect I have for my mommy in a way that I could never explain!" she wrote on Instagram for her mom's birthday in April. "She's the true MVP and I wanna give her her flowers every second I can! Love you mumzzzz!!!"

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Vangelis, Oscar-winning 'Chariots of Fire' composer and Jon Anderson collaborator, dead at 79

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Vangelis, the Greek composer and keyboardist best known for his chart-topping theme and Oscar-winning score to the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, has died at age 79, U.K. newspaper The Guardian reports.

According to the paper, representatives for the musician confirmed that he passed away at a French hospital, where he was being treated for an undisclosed illness.

Born Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou, Vangelis gained his greatest notoriety for composing the theme and the soundtrack to Chariots of Fire, which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 during the spring of 1982. His score to the movie also won an Academy Award.

Vangelis also released several collaborative albums with Yes frontman Jon Anderson under the moniker Vangelis and Jon during the 1980s and '90s.

His other film work included composing the scores to 1982's Blade Runner and Missing, 1984's The Bounty, 1992's 1492: Conquest of Paradise and 2004's Alexander.

Early in his career, Vangelis was a member of the popular Greek prog-rock band Aphrodite's Child, which was together from 1967 to 1972.

During his long career, Vangelis also released many solo studio albums, and composed music for ballets and stage productions.

His most recent album, 2021's Juno to Jupiter, was inspired by NASA's Juno probe.

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Bakery cooks up controversy with Johnny Depp/Amber Heard middle-finger pastry

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An Australian bakery found viral fame thanks to a TikTok of its topical creation: a doughut made to look like a hand, middle finger extended, missing the first part of the digit.

The goodie was made to spoof the Johnny Depp trial and the gnarly injury the Pirates of the Caribbean star claims he suffered when his ex-wife, Amber Heard, threw a vodka bottle at him.

"We're sending Amber Heard a dessert box," a narrator says in the video, which has been liked more than 610,000 times. "We cut off the finger with a vodka bottle, and we'll send that to her, too," the narrator says, packing the pastry with a miniature bottle of the booze.

Showing off the severed sweet, the employee says, "And we're sending Johnny this piece." The video was tagged #justiceforjohnnydepp, which has trended since the former couple's ongoing defamation case began.

The narrator clearly got a kick out of it, but making light of the alleged domestic abuse struck some flat. "Tone deaf," one viewer said. "Jokes about dv have never been funny," another commented.

Still, many more had a laugh about it, with one pro-Johnny commenter adding darkly, "missed the perfect opportunity to poison the donut."

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'Riverdale' ending with season 7

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The CW Network has announced that Riverdale will end with its upcoming seventh season. The announcement came ahead of the network's Upfront presentation to advertisers Thursday.

"I am a big believer in attempting to give series that have had long runs an appropriate sendoff," CW Chairman and CEO Mark Pedowitz said Thursday in a network call, according to TV Line. "As a fan myself, I do want to do what is right for the show."

The supernatural Sunday night teen drama was an unlikely adaptation of Archie comics, starring KJ Apa as Archie, Lili Reinhart as Betty, Cole Sprouse as Jughead and Camila Mendes as Veronica.

Pedowitz explained, "We had a long conversation with [executive producer] Roberto [Aguirre-Sacasa] yesterday, who is thrilled by this news, and we will treat the show in the manner it deserves …. We want to make sure it goes out the right way." He added, "I think they, too, felt that seven years is the right amount."

The network also announced a Supernatural prequel called The Winchesters; a Walker spinoff called Walker Independence; celebrity reality show Magic with the Stars starring Criss Angel; a legal drama called Family Law; an action series called The Professionals; and DC Comics-based series Gotham Knights.

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'The Book of Boba Fett' creators talk bounty hunter's turn to the light

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The Book of Boba Fett had the momentum of the title character's bruising return to the Star Wars universe with The Mandalorian's second season episode "The Tragedy" -- as well as decades of fan love -- but some fans were vocal about the character's turn in his own Disney+ series.

While the show was billed as the once-feared bounty hunter's ascension as an intergalactic crime lord, the series, for one thing, didn't show him doing any crime. In fact, Temuera Morrison's faceless, ruthless Mandalorian was routinely portrayed with his helmet off and, arguably, pretty even-keeled.

But while some fans griped their Boba would have left blaster holes in a whole lot of the characters he encountered in the course of the show -- particularly those smart-mouthed scooter dandies he later employed -- executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni tell Vanity Fair the turn was a natural progression for the "older ... wiser" character.

"You think about Don Corleone," Favreau tells the magazine of Marlon Brando's iconic Godfather character. "There's a tremendous amount of restraint because he knows that to be sustainable, there has to be [peace]. You don't do well unless there's some political balance ..."

He adds, "You think about what things are off limits. Don Corleone wasn't just doing everything to line his pockets as he got later into his career. You look at ... the flashbacks in The Godfather: Part II, as he's walking down the streets. He's seen as somebody ... the people respect because of the way he conducts himself."

Favreau adds, "There's lots of different ways to run an empire. There's the Sonny Corleone way, there's the Michael Corleone way, and then there's the Vito Corleone way."

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'Stranger Things' director Shawn Levy teases upcoming fourth season: "It's scary as hell"

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Shawn Levy may be better known for directing comedies such as Free Guy and Night at the Museum, but he's mastering the art of horror thanks to Netflix's Stranger Things.

Speaking with ABC Audio at the Stranger Things season 4 red carpet premiere, Levy compared learning how to direct horror to learning a new language.

"Horror is really challenging to me because it doesn't come as naturally to me. Comedy comes naturally. Emotionality comes naturally to me. Horror is not my sweet spot," the Oscar-nominated producer admitted. "I've had to learn it like a new language."

Levy credited Matt and Ross Duffer, the creators of Stranger Things, for showing him the ropes. "When you have teachers like that, it gives you a good head start," he said.

So, what was the most important lesson he learned from the Duffer brothers? "Lean into the darkness and don't always feel the need to shine a light on. Just let it sit in the darkness." As a result, Levy says, "[I've] become more fluent in the horror genre."

Stranger Things returns for its fourth season on May 27. Levy says fans should buckle up: "It's scary as hell," he said of the new season. "I'm not going to lie. It's a very creepy, dark season."

Thrills and chills aside, Levy assured, "I think it's important to [let] people know it's still got that Stranger Things' heart and soul and the characters that we all love so much."

Season 4 is also the penultimate season of the horror franchise. "It's ... the beginning of the end," said Levy, "which is inherently very bittersweet." 

Stranger Things airs new episodes starting next Friday, May 27, on Netflix.

 

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Cannes: Tom Cruise receives Palme d’Or; 'Top Gun: Maverick' gets marathon standing ovation

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Tom Cruise capped off a big day at the Cannes Film Festival by taking home its prestigious Palme d’Or following the premiere of Top Gun: Maverick.

The award honors the best film screened at the festival, but the honor's presentation was said to be a surprise to Cruise, following a "Masterclass" retrospective of his onscreen career -- and a five-minute standing ovation for the long-awaited sequel.

Cruise called the event, “An incredible evening and an incredible time."

He was thrilled, "Just to see everyone’s faces," following the COVID-19 restrictions.

"It’s been 36 years since Top Gun and we had to hold this for two years because of the pandemic,” Cruise told the crowd, adding, "I make these movies for all of you."

Top Gun: Maverick lands in theaters May 24.

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In Brief: Soap star dies at 37; Jamie Foxx, Robert De Niro deploy for 'Tin Soldier', and more

Actress Marnie Schulenburg, who played Alison Stewart on As the World Turns from 2007 to 2010, has died. Deadline reports the Daytime Emmy Award-nominated actress was 37 and died after a battle with metastatic breast cancer at a hospital in Bloomfield, New Jersey...

Peacock has released the official trailer for its upcoming reimagining of the groundbreaking British drama series Queer as Folk, which follows a group of friends whose lives are rocked after a tragedy. The series stars Grey’s Anatomy's Devin Way, Agents of SHIELD's Fin Argus, Big Sky's Jesse James Keitel, CG, Hacks' Johnny Sibilly and Special's Ryan O’Connell, the latter of whom is also attached as a writer and co-executive producer. Guest stars include Kim Cattrall and Juliette Lewis, who play parents to LGBTQ kids. The full season of Queer as Folk launches June 9 on Peacock...(Trailer contains uncensored profanity.)

The second project from Robert Downey Jr.'s Team Downey for Discovery+ will be an unscripted series tentatively titled Downey’s Dream Cars, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series will feature the Iron Man star and his team of experts reviving classic cars, as they "also look to restore a battered global environment by creating eco-friendly automobiles for the 21st century." "My goal is to showcase that it’s possible to keep the integrity of classic cars while leveraging new tech and innovation to make them more eco-friendly,” Downey Jr. said in a statement obtained by the outlet...

Jamie Foxx, Robert De Niro, Scott Eastwood and John Leguizamo are set to team up for the action indie movie Tin Soldier, according to Deadline. It "tells the story of The Bokushi -- played by Foxx -- who preaches to hundreds of veterans who have been drawn to the promise of protection and purpose under him." After several failed attempts by Emmanuel Ashburn -- a government military operative played by De Niro -- to penetrate his heavily armed fortress, he recruits Eastwood's Nash Cavanaugh, a former disciple of The Bokushi, "to get revenge on the man who took everything from him, including the love of his life." Tin Soldier begins filming next week in Greece...

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Emmy Rossum takes on a Hollywood icon in Peacock's 'Angelyne'

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She's one of the most famous women in Hollywood, yet no one really knows anything about her. That's all about to change with Angelyne, the limited series debuting Thursday on Peacock.

Emmy Rossum plays the blonde, billboard-loving bombshell who's famous just for being famous and driving around LA in a pink Corvette. Rossum tells ABC Audio she's been obsessed with Angelyne since she was 13, when she first came to LA for auditions.

"I saw this billboard at a stoplight, and it was this woman and this power and this femininity. And then I started seeing the billboard everywhere," she says. "And the more I asked people like, who is Angelyne? Everyone would light up and then tell a completely different story."

"I think that's what's so interesting about her. How could you be both so known in LA and yet so unknown?" Rossum recalls thinking. "She's kind of done the impossible...you know, maintain the mystery and the enigma for decades."

The actress worked on nailing Angelyne's look "for months and months," until they "really kind of got a look we loved."

"I didn't recognize myself," she continues. "And I have never been so able to enter my imagination so easily...there was real freedom and liberation in that."

Another thrill for Emmy was getting to meet Angelyne and bring her "pink cookies." In return, Angelyne gave Rossum "a magic stone."

"She granted us her life rights and her trademarks, the ability to recreate all of her songs and billboard poses," notes Rossum, who adds that it "meant the world to me, especially as somebody who has fought so much for pay equity and fairness. It was incredibly important to me that she was very well compensated for all of her contributions to the story."

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'Wonder Twins' powers, deactivate: Warner Bros. Discovery shelves superhero project

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An HBO Max movie based on DC Comics characters The Wonder Twins has been shelved.

The Hollywood Reporter reports the plug has been pulled on the project, which was to get underway soon with Riverdale lead KJ Apa and 1883 actress Isabel Mayon as titular twins Zan and Jayna.

As any fan of Super Friends could tell you, the siblings were shape-shifters. After declaring, "Wonder Twins powers, activate!" Zan could transform into any form of water, while Jayna could become any animal.

The trade says the decision might be due to Warner Bros. rebranding as Warner Bros. Discovery and its new CEO, David Zaslav, who is reorganizing the studio's DC properties with an eye toward big-screen projects.

That said, a source tells the trade that the script, as written by its would-be director, Black Adam screenwriter Adam Sztykiel, was deemed to be "too niche" for a feature film.

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