Entertainment News Roundup: With jury picked, Johnny Depp opens US libel case against ex-wife Heard; Universal Music can’t help falling for Elvis Presley, to manage song catalog and more

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With jury picked, Johnny Depp opens US libel case against ex-wife Heard

Lawyers for Hollywood star Johnny Depp on Tuesday gave a jury an overview of his US defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard, the latest chapter in a long-running legal fight between the two Hollywood stars. Opening statements kicked off in a Virginia courtroom in a lawsuit Depp, 58, brought against Heard, 35, for $50 million in 2018.

Universal Music can’t help falling for Elvis Presley, to manage song catalog

Universal Music is adding the song catalog of the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, Elvis Presley, including hits such as “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and “Jailhouse Rock”, under a publishing deal with Authentic Brands Group. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, although Universal Music Publishing Group said on Tuesday it would approve and collect revenue when Elvis’ songs are used in media, films 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.

Bollywood stars Bhatt and Kapoor marry

Bollywood stars Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor married each other in a low-key ceremony in Mumbai on Thursday. Bhatt, 29 and, Kapoor, 39, have been dating for five years but have maintained a low-profile relationship, apart from occasional pictures on social media and rare appearances together.

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

Cuba Gooding Jr. pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a misdemeanor count of forcibly touching a woman immediate at a New York nightclub in 2018, as part of an agreement with prosecutors that spares the Oscar-winning actor any jail time. 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 he was arrested, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said in a statement.

Zombies will once again kick off Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival will open on its 75th anniversary next month with the screening of a film about zombies,”Z (Comme Z)” by Michel Hazanavicius, director of the award-winning film “The Artist.” “It’s a zombie comedy that evokes passion for cinema,” festival director Thierry Fremaux told a news conference on Thursday, recalling that the 2019 event had kicked off with a film from Jim Jarmusch on the same theme.

CD Projekt says no ‘monumental’ delay to Witcher 3 next-gen release

A board member of Polish video game maker CD Projekt said on Thursday there is no “monumental” delay to its blockbuster game “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” for next-generation consoles, a day after the company postponed the release. CD Projekt had said on Wednesday it had taken work on the version back in-house and postponed the release, previously planned for the second quarter.

UK rock band The Who back on tour after COVID cancellations

After costly pandemic cancellations, British rock band The Who is back on the road again with THE WHO HITS BACK! tour.

“We’re just hitting back at COVID because it stopped us in our tracks. We were, we were going to call it, ‘Where Were We?”‘ lead singer Roger Daltrey said ahead of the tour starting next week.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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